Inquirer staff writer Don McKee reports:

After finishing the season with six straight wins, Rutgers accepted a bid to play N.C. State in the PapaJohns.com Bowl on Dec. 29.

Rutgers is just the seventh team in NCAA history to play in a bowl game after starting the season 1-5.

In case you're not able to distinguish the PapaJohns.com Bowl from, say, the Meineke Car Care Bowl, be advised it will be played at Legion Field in Birmingham, Ala.

Quarterback Mike Teel put an unusual (and typical college kid) perspective on the Knights' fourth straight bowl trip.

"This will be the fourth different city I've never been to," he said in a university release. "I have talked to people who have been there and they said the food is amazing."

Teel went to Don Bosco Prep, which is in the northwestern corner of New Jersey, practically in New York state.

Why he has Birmingham confused with New Orleans, San Francisco, New York or other citadels of dining is hard to say.

The cuisine in Birmingham runs the gamut from pork rinds to barbecue to grits. Chinese, anybody?

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