The Boston College Eagles are in a bowl game for the second straight year, and on Sunday evening, the college football world learned that they will face the Penn State Nittany Lions in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl.
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The contest, to be played on December 27 in New York City at Yankee Stadium, will mark Boston College’s first appearance in said game.
The Atlantic Coast Conference made the official announcement in a webcast at 5:30pm Eastern, but ESPN’s Brett McMurphy broke the news about an hour before the conference.
Boston College and Penn State last met ten years ago in an Eagle victory over Joe Paterno and the Nittany Lions. Many things have happened for both programs since then, but the two schools have established a good amount of history considering that they are non-conference opponents, and this figures to be a competitive game.
It also should be one where there is a large Boston College presence, perhaps one of their best. Eagles fans overwhelmingly expressed an interest in getting the Pinstripe Bowl, and now they have it. This is Boston College’s chance to finally shake off the “bad fanbase; won’t travel” narrative and show up in force in New York.
Of course, that cuts both ways: if Eagles fans do not make the four-hour trip from Boston or even less regionally, we may never live this one down.
Congratulations to the Boston College players for their invitation, and check Soaring to Glory for updates on the game, tickets, bowl activities, and more.