- The 2011 New Era Pinstripe Bowl, scheduled for Friday, December 30, will mark the first time that the Rutgers University Scarlet Knights (of the Big East Conference) and the Iowa State Cyclones (of the Big 12 Conference) will play each other in college football.
- In 2010, the Syracuse Orange defeated the Kansas State Wildcats, 36-34, in the inaugural New Era Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium. It marked the first college football bowl game played in the Bronx since Nebraska edged Miami since the Gotham Bowl in 1962.
This will mark the seventh time that the Scarlet Knights have played in a bowl game, having tallied a 4-2 record in their previous six appearances with wins in each of their last four bowl games.
For Iowa State, it will mark their first-ever appearance at the home of the Yankees. Iowa State finished the regular season 6-6, handing Oklahoma State?the No. 3 team in the country?their only loss of the season, and defeating in-state rival Iowa as well as the University of Connecticut on the road.
The Cyclones will appear in their seventh bowl game in the last 12 seasons, going 3-7 in bowl game appearances.