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Rutgers to play North Carolina in 2014 Quick Lane Bowl

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Motor City here we come! Yeah, I know, but at least it's indoors.

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Contrary to earlier sources, Rutgers is staying in Big Ten Country for its bowl game.  Hmm, uhhhhh....well-l-l-l-l-l, that's, uh....great.

With the new and improved Big Ten comes a new bowl game. What was known as the bowl game to be played at the home of the Detroit Lions in the preseason now has a name: the Quick Lane Bowl. Free oil changes for participating teams! This bowl game replaces the now-defunct Little Caesars Pizza Bowl, taking over the same location and broadcast time. Like the Pinstripe Bowl, this game takes place in a northern city, but at least the stadium is domed. And Detroit!

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>. <a href="">@McMurphyESPN</a> says UNC will be <a href="">#RFootball</a> bowl opponent in Detroit <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Ryan Dunleavy (@rydunleavy) <a href="">December 7, 2014</a></blockquote>

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The Opponent

North Carolina Tar Heels (6-6, 4-4 ACC)


Location: Ford Field - Detroit, MI

Date & Time: Friday, December 26 - 4:30 PM


Conference tie-ins: Big Ten (8th pick) vs. ACC (11th pick)


Box office prices; $35 - $89

Rutgers Ticket office:  Toll-Free 1-866-445-GORU (4678)  Email:


Average Temperature

High  35    Low 24   Mean 50

Rainfall 2" for December

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Funny to think that with this announcement, Rutgers fans are actually breathing a sigh of relief. A trip to Dallas during Christmas just to attend the game on time (1 PM kick) was not what people were hoping for. Combine that with a non-Power 5 opponent, and it looked like the State University of New Jersey was getting hosed. Well, now we can all thank the football gods for a trip to Detroit in late December. Hey, at least we're playing an ACC team instead of a C-USA team. Merry Christmas #CHOPNation!

Here is the full B1G lineup:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>B1G Bowls:&#10;OSU-Sugar&#10;MSU-Cotton&#10;MD-Foster Farms&#10;Rut-Quick Lane&#10;PSU-Pinstripe&#10;Wisc-Outback&#10;Minn-Citrus&#10;Neb-Holiday&#10;Iowa-Tax&#10;Illinois-Dallas</p>&mdash; Bryan Fischer (@BryanDFischer) <a href="">December 7, 2014</a></blockquote>

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