The University of Louisville football team will take on North Carolina State on December 27 in the Belk Bowl in Charlotte, North Carolina.
The Cards received the bid this evening.
U of L finished the regular season with a 7-5 record and tied West Virginia and Cincinnati for a share of the Big East title, but West Virginia broke the three-way tie with a higher BCS ranking. The Mountaineers will play Clemson in the Orange Bowl.
This will be the fourth meeting between U of L and North Carolina State. The Cards won the first three games, most recently in 2007. The Belk Bowl will be played at 8:00pm on December 27 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte.
“We are thrilled to accept an invitation to the Belk Bowl,” Charlie Strong said in a statement. “Charlotte is a great city, and I’m so excited to take this team to another great bowl game. I’m so proud of our football team and coaching staff to be 2-4 earlier this season and end the year by winning five of the last six games and become BIG EAST champions. We have fought through a lot of adversity this year and to end the year with a high-quality bowl game versus a tough opponent like NC State is a great way to end the year.”
This will be the second consecutive bowl appearance for the Cards. U of L defeated Southern Mississippi last season in the Beef O’Brady’s Bowl in Strong’s first year as coach.