Sunday, December 5, 2010

USF appears headed to Meineke Car Care Bowl

Everything points to USF receiving an official invitation today to play in the Meineke Care Bowl in Charlotte, North Carolina on December 31st.

It will mark the return to the site of USF’s first bowl game in 2005 when the Bulls lost to North Carolina State 14-0 in its inaugural bowl appearance.

Things began to fall in place for the Big East teams with the Champs Bowl inviting West Virginia and Louisville agreeing to play in the St. Petersburg Beef O Brady Bowl. Syracuse previously accepted an invitation to play in the inaugural Pin Stripe Bowl in the new Yankee Stadium.

After beating USF Saturday night, Connecticut is expected to play Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl as the Big East Conference representative.

That left USF and Pittsburgh for either the Car Care Bowl or the Compass Bowl in Birmingham, Alabama. Pittsburgh went to the Car Care Bowl last year and with the attraction of Bulls first year head coach Skip Holtz heading back to North Carolina where he coached East Carolina; the rest took care of itself.

USF (7-5) is expected to face ACC representative Clemson (6-6) in the Car Care Bowl, which kicks off at noon. The teams have faced one common opponent, Miami.

USF defeated Miami 23-20 in overtime two weeks ago and Clemson lost at home 30-21 earlier in the season to the Hurricanes.

The matchup will give USF an opportunity beat a BCS team for the first time in a bowl game. The Bulls are 3-2 in bowl games with victories over East Carolina, Memphis and Northern Illinois. They’ve lost to BCS foes N.C. State and Oregon.

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