Cincinnati, OH (Sports Network) - Cincinnati announced on Sunday it has
accepted a bid to play in the Belk Bowl, to be held Dec. 27 at Charlotte's
Bank of America Stadium.
The Bearcats concluded their regular season with a 9-3 record and earned a
share of first place in the Big East with Saturday's 34-17 win at Connecticut.
Cincinnati finished 5-2 in conference play.
"Cincinnati has played very well this season and we are excited to host the
co-champions of the Big East Conference," said Belk Bowl executive director
Will Webb. "We feel that the Bearcats are a very strong team that should
provide a good matchup in Charlotte for its opponent. We look forward to
hosting Cincinnati and their fans for the 2012 Belk Bowl and all the
The Bearcats will be opposed by a team from the Atlantic Coast Conference that
will revealed later on Sunday.
"We are pleased to accept a bid to the Belk Bowl," said Bearcats head coach
Butch Jones. "We are excited by the prospect of a great number of Cincinnati
fans being the team behind the team and helping us celebrate the holiday
season in Charlotte."
This marks the sixth time in the last seven seasons in which Cincinnati will
be heading to a bowl. The Bearcats went to BCS games in both 2008 (Orange) and
2009 (Sugar) and returned to the postseason last year with a 31-24 triumph
over Vanderbilt in the Liberty Bowl.
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