The inaugural New Era Pinstripe Bowl starts off with bang this year with the 7-5 Syracuse Orange who will end their drought of bowl game appearances when they face the 7-5 Kansas State Wildcats in the Bronx, New York on December 30, 2010. The Pinstripe Bowl invokes the imagery that surrounds Yankee Stadium, without blatantly naming it the Yankee Bowl which it was unofficalled called publically. This bowl game will also mark the first time a bowl game has been hosted in New York City since the Gotham Bowl in 1962 where the Nebraska Cornhuskers defeated the Miami Hurricanes 36-34.
The Pinstripe Bowl pairs the fourth-place team from the Big East Conference against the seventh-place team from the Big 12 Conference. The Syracuse Orange introduce the Pinstripe Bowl in NY. The Orange are not foreign to the old Yankee stadium, having already played there six times (record 5-1), as well as the Polo Grounds, Shea Stadium, and Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. They have been around! Being New York natives The Orange obviously have a sizable fan base in the New York City area and should draw record crowds in the new Yankee Stadium. Quarterback Ryan Nassib leads the Syracuse Orange. Mr. Nassib has in his current season has thrown for 2000+ yards and 16 touchdowns. Running back Delone Carter has propelled the team even further with 7 touchdowns and 1034 rushing yards.
Kansas State will make their subsequent bowl appearance since 2006 and are led by All Big-12 first team running back Daniel Thomas and second team offensive lineman Zach Kendall and Wade Weibert. Defensive backs David Garrett, Stephen Harrison, Ty Zimmerman, and all-purpose specialist William Powell are all equally indispensable to the team. Wildcat fans will not come to the Pinstripe bowl quietly and are likely to create quite the commotion at Yankee Stadium on December 30th as their fans are fiercely loyal. In the current season, Kansas State recorded its largest attendance total for a six-game home season at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.