Nov 1, 2014; Blacksburg, VA, USA; Boston College Eagles wide receiver Charlie Callinan (83) celebrates with running back Marcus Outlow (7) and running back David Dudeck (26) after scoring a touchdown in the second quarter at Lane Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
Now that we know the Boston College Eagles are there, what are some potential destinations for 2014 bowl games?
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There are only so many ACC bowl tie-ins, but realistically, only a handful of those would even entertain the idea of taking the Eagles to their venue. Of course, there are certain games that the team and fans themselves might prefer.
Now that eligibility is secure, it’s time to start sorting out these options.
2014 Bowl Games: Pinstripe Bowl
Where: Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York
When: December 27, 2014, 4:30pm ET
Who: vs. Big Ten team
Ease of Travel: Easy. This is a day trip for Bostonians, and an even more doable trip for scores of Tri-State Area alumni.
Desirability: Relatively high.
Likelihood of Getting Invited: Moderate.
Though many New England-based Boston College fans would shiver at the thought of playing a bowl game at Yankee Stadium, this one is the best option amongst the lower tier of bowl games.
Chances are they will face a respectable opponent on some level from the Big Ten, the trip is easy, and the timing is right. At two days after Christmas, it’s in that sweet spot between holidays. Not right on top of Christmas so no plans necessarily need to be changed — and it’s on a weekend, anyway — but no need to change New Year’s plans, either.
Boston College fans have a reputation for not traveling well, but given the regional proximity of the game and the large numbers of New York-area alumni, we might see a good maroon-and-gold turnout if this is where they land.