As expected, the Big 12 representative in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium on Dec. 30 will be Kansas State.
According to a press release from the Yankees, Kansas State athletic director John Currie accepted the invitation late Thursday night.
The Wildcats will play Big East representative Syracuse, which accepted its invitation earlier on Thursday, in the inaugural game, which will be broadcast live nationally on ESPN at 3:30 p.m.
“We couldn’t be more excited to showcase our football program, Kansas State University and our national alumni and fan base in the inaugural New Era Pinstripe Bowl, and I am pleased to accept the invitation on behalf of President Kirk Schulz, Coach Bill Snyder and our entire institution,” Currie said in a statement. “The chance for our student-athletes, band members, cheerleaders and fans to experience New York City and compete in one of the most famous venues in all of sports is a once in a lifetime opportunity. We look forward to turning the Big Apple purple."
Kansas State is 7-5 and bowl eligible for the first time since 2006. Bill Snyder, is in his second stint as head coach of Kansas State, has brought the Wildcats back to a bowl.
“We are proud of the young men in our program and the courage they have shown this season to get Kansas State University back to a bowl game, and we are very pleased to represent the Big 12 Conference in the inaugural New Era Pinstripe Bowl against Syracuse,” Snyder said in a statement. “The New York Yankees are a first-class organization and we appreciate the Steinbrenner family, Randy Levine, Lonn Trost, Mark Holtzman and the entire Pinstripe Bowl staff for their efforts and support of collegiate football.”
Syracuse and Kansas State have met twice in bowl games. Kansas State beat Syracuse 35-18 in the 1997 Fiesta Bowl. Syracuse won the rematch, 26-3, in the 2001 Insight Bowl.