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Cincinnati heading back to Belk Bowl

Tommy Tuberville, Whit Babcock AP

Having missed out on a share of the American Athletic Conference championship Thursday night due to an overtime loss to Louisville, Cincinnati has announced where they will be heading next. Cincinnati head coach Tommy Tuberville made the announcement on Twitter, and the destination is somewhat familiar for Bearcats fans.

Cincinnati played in the Belk Bowl last year, defeating Duke 48-34. Quarterback Brendon Kay was the game’s most valuable player after going 17-for-25 for 332 yards and four touchdowns. An 83-yard touchdown pass to Travis Kelce gave Cincinnati a 41-34 lead in the final minute of the game, and a Nick Temple‘s 55-yard interception return for a touchdown served as the cherry on top fo a wild Belk Bowl that had gone back and forth in the second half before the final minute of the game.

Cincinnati  lost their head coach, Butch Jones, to Tennessee prior to last year’s bowl game. With the coaching carousel in season now, Tuberville might be an interesting name to keep an eye on as jobs become open, but it looks like a decent shot Cincinnati will not have to go through the bowl game with an interim head coach this season.

Central Florida clinched the American’s automatic BCS berth as a result o f Cincinnati’s loss to Louisville. Louisville has already accepted a spot in the Russell Athletic Bowl in Orlando.

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3 Responses to “Cincinnati heading back to Belk Bowl”
  1. mogogo1 says: Dec 6, 2013 7:13 PM

    I’d love to have sat in on the meeting where Belk executives were convinced that a bowl game would somehow help their business. They’re a regional chain that huge chunks of the country (including the three largest metro regions, NYC, LA and Chicago) don’t even have access to. A nationally televised game to people who couldn’t visit your stores even if they wanted to is just bizarre.

  2. thegamecocker says: Dec 6, 2013 7:54 PM

    Well, maybe they need the writeoffs and people in the Southeast tend to watch a lot more college ball than the rest of the country.

  3. thefiesty1 says: Dec 6, 2013 9:26 PM

    Oh Boy! The Belk Bowl. About as good as the MAC Championship game tonight. Official attendance: 7,000.

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