The Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium pits ACC and Big Ten teams against one another, in what has often been a pretty exciting bowl. This year, Michigan State takes on Wake Forest.
Michigan State football has been on a bit of a slide, and had to sneak by a bad Maryland team by three points to clinch bowl eligibility. The Spartans finished 6-6, and just 4-5 in Big Ten play.
Wake Forest, meanwhile, had one of its best seasons in recent memory. The Demon Deacons went 8-4 and finished third in the ACC Atlantic, despite numerous injuries down the stretch. Dave Clawson has done a great job at elevating the program during his tenure.
The game will kick off at 3:20 p.m. ET on Dec. 27. ESPN has revealed the broadcast team that will be on the call: Adam Amin, Matt Hasselbeck, and Paul Carcaterra.
The @PinstripeBowl Trophy will be making the rounds on campus!
Tomorrow from 5-6 pm on the fourth floor of the McCreary Tower will be a reception where bowl officials will talk & opportunities to get your photo taken with the trophy! Admission is free. #GoDeacs | #NYCDeacs pic.twitter.com/BlOwsw9f2n
— Wake Forest Sports (@DemonDeacons) December 11, 2019
Both teams are playing in their first Pinstripe Bowls. Last year, Wisconsin drubbed Miami, 35-3. More often than not, though, this game is pretty tight.
Five of the previous nine editions of the game have been decided by one score, with two of them going to overtime.
The game started as a Big East vs. Big 12 game, before conference realignment. Since it has shifted to the current conference affiliations, the Big Ten has won four of five games against the ACC.
It also presents the opportunity for snow and other inclement weather, which may not always be what teams want for their bowl trips, but makes for a very different experience than your typical Southern bowl game.
This game comes after the Military Bowl between UNC and Temple, and leads into Texas A&M vs. Oklahoma State in the Texas Bowl. The night is capped by the Cheez-It Bowl between Air Force and Washington State.
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