Conference USA Bowl Lineup Set
Dec. 8, 2013
Conference USA Football Champion Rice leads six teams into bowl games, joined in the postseason by East Carolina, Marshall, Middle Tennessee, North Texas and Tulane.
Rice will play in the 55th annual AutoZone Liberty Bowl at 3 p.m. CST on Monday, Dec. 31 in Memphis, Tenn. The Owls will be making their first appearance in the Liberty Bowl as they make back-to-back bowl appearances for the first time since 1960-61 after winning last year's Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl. Rice will meet SEC member Mississippi State in the game.
Marshall returns to the postseason for the second time in three years as the Thundering Herd will play in the Military Bowl in Annapolis, Md. Marshall is scheduled to play Maryland from the ACC on Friday, Dec. 27. Kickoff is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. EST.
East Carolina will play postseason football for the seventh time in eight seasons when it plays in the Beef `O' Brady's St. Petersburg Bowl on Monday, Dec. 23, at 2 p.m. EST. The Pirates will play Mid-American Conference member Ohio. It will be ECU's first appearance in St. Petersburg.
Middle Tennessee will return to bowl action for the first time since 2010 when it plays in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl in Fort Worth, Texas on Dec. 30. The Blue Raiders are 8-4 for the second consecutive season and enter postseason play on five-game winning streak. They are scheduled to face Navy in the game that will kick off at 10:45 a.m. CST.
North Texas will be making its first bowl appearance since 2004, when it plays in the Heart of Dallas Bowl in historic Cotton Bowl Stadium on Jan. 1 (11 a.m. CST on ESPNU). The Mean Green are 8-4 and played in four-straight New Orleans Bowls from 2001-04 as Sun Belt Conference Champions. North Texas will play Mountain West Conference foe UNLV in this year's game.
Tulane has already accepted an invitation to play in the 2013 R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl, marking the program's first appearance in the New Orleans-based bowl and its 11th bowl game in school history. Tulane will take on Louisiana-Lafayette on Saturday, Dec. 21 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Kickoff is slated for 8 p.m. CST and the game will be televised on ESPN.
2013-14 C-USA BOWL SCHEDULE
R+L CARRIERS NEW ORLEANS BOWL (New Orleans, La.)
BEEF `O' BRADY'S BOWL (St. Petersburg, Fla.)
MILITARY BOWL (Annapolis, Md.)
BELL HELICOPTER ARMED FORCES BOWL (Fort Worth, Texas)
AUTO ZONE LIBERTY BOWL (Memphis, Tenn.)
HEART OF DALLAS BOWL (Dallas, Texas)