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Will The Pinstripe Bowl Enter Drawing For Notre Dame?

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Don't get greeds, Yankees.

Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

So you may have heard of this nonsense about an ACC bowl game Notre Dame sweepstakes. The (what the ACC is calling its) Tier I bowl games—the Belk, Sun, Pinstripe, and one of the Music City or Gator—interested in hosting the Irish will enter into a drawing for the right to select Notre Dame. Depending on how that drawing goes, Boston College could find itself heading to the Bronx, El Paso, or falling out of the ACC's Tier I bowl games entirely.

Despite Notre Dame limping to the finish line (losers of four straight to end the season), the Irish are clearly an attractive option for almost any of these bowl games. It's a safe bet that most, if not all four of the ACC's Tier I bowls will at least throw its name into the ring for the right to host Notre Dame.

But what if one doesn't...

Notre Dame, which has lost its past four games, played in the Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium in New York last season, so it's possible only three bowls will be in the drawing for the Irish.

To be sure, it would be hard to say 'no' the Irish, but the Irish have already played at the Stadium twice over the last four seasons—vs. Army in 2010 and opposite Rutgers in last year's Pinstripe Bowl. Might the Pinstripe Bowl be content landing a Big Ten program like Penn State? The program's bowl ban lifted, the Nittany Lions will be making its first bowl appearance since 2010 this season and will surely travel well wherever Penn State happens to land in this year's postseason.

In other words, don't get greeds, Yankees.

Bottom line: for those hoping to see the Eagles in the Bronx at the end of the month, hope that the Pinstripe either doesn't enter the Notre Dame sweepstakes, or loses the drawing (one in four chance), so that Boston College can slide into the Pinstripe Bowl.