American Athletic Conference
Notre Dame finished 8-4 this season, but had no bowl affiliation this year. The spot in the Pinstripe Bowl was open because the Big 12 did not have enough Bowl-eligible teams.
The Irish will be making their fourth straight bowl appearance and will play an American Athletic Conference opponent.
UCLA’s Travis Wear could return for the Bruins’ third game of the year on November 18 against Sacramento State, according to UCLA coach Steve Alford.
Gary Nova threw a 33-yard touchdown pass to Leonte Carroo on a fourth-and-10 play with 35 seconds to go.
“We need guys to step up, we need to have four or five double-figure scorers,” Jordan said. “We need to put points on the board, whether it’s creating stuff off defense or a very disciplined offense. It’s their time.”
Before their rivalry comes to an end, the schools square off Thursday night in their lone meeting as American Athletic Conference members.
Rutgers will play host to the Owls in 2020 and 2022, while Temple will have the Scarlet Knights in Philadelphia in 2021 and 2023.
Last season was a breakout year for the conference with five teams advancing to the field of 68, but it’s hard to see that many schools from the Mountain West being in the bracket next March.
Rutgers has one more chance to get to the BCS and win a conference title before the former becomes impossible and the latter much more difficult.
The advantage that the American has over leagues like the Atlantic 10 and the Big East is that this conference has three teams — Louisville, Memphis, and UConn — that all should be ranked in the Top 25 for the majority of the season.
LeGrand and his No. 52 will be honored in a ceremony Sept. 14 when Rutgers plays at home against Eastern Michigan. It will be the first number retired in the history of the program.
It’s safe to say this league will have at least five teams in the NCAA Tournament, but anything more than that depends on what happens elsewhere.
Heading into its final year in the Big East — scratch that, the American Athletic Conference — Rutgers needs to set the ship aright and do it quickly. What it needs is for Tim Pernetti to return as athletic director.