Bearcats accept bid to Belk Bowl in Charlotte, N.C.

The University of Cincinnati football program has accepted a bid to play Duke University  in the Belk Bowl on Dec. 27, 2012 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C.

"We are pleased to accept a bid to the Belk Bowl," head coach Butch Jones said. "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."

The Bearcats (9-3, 5-2 Big East) clinched their fourth Big East title in five years Saturday with a decisive victory over UConn. UC is the only NCAA FBS automatic-qualifying team in the country to accomplish that feat. The Bearcats have gone 19-6 over the past two season and won back-to-back Big East titles.

Cincinnati will be playing in its 14th bowl game overall and sixth in the past seven seasons. UC is 7-6 all-time in postseason games. The Bearcats defeated Vanderbilt in the 2011 AutoZone Liberty Bowl.

This will be UC's first-ever trip to the Belk Bowl.

Duke finished the season with a 6-6 overall record, including a 3-5 mark in the ACC.

The Blue Devils won six of their first eight games. They beat rival North Carolina 33-30 to become bowl eligible, but lost their final four contests. Coach David Cutcliffe was named the 2012 ACC Coach of the Year and nine Blue Devils earned All-ACC recognition.

Tickets for the game are available now. The priority deadline for ordering tickets will be 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 5. Tickets may be ordered after the deadline, but patrons risk getting seats in a less desirable location.

Prices range from $50 for upper level seats, $75 for lower end zone seats, $85 for lower sideline and $100 for club seats.

Tickets are available for purchase by all fans, including "UCATS" members, students and the general public. Seating assignments will be determined by "UCATS tier level" and then "priority points" within the tier level.

Students interested in attending the game can receive information on pricing and travel packages at GoBearcats.com , "C-Mail" and socials media outlets when it becomes available. Students can also purchase tickets at CATSTIX.com .

Fans are being encouraged to order tickets online to avoid waits on the phone or in person at the ticket office.

Anyone who purchases tickets through UC will receive two tickets to a future Big East Conference men's basketball game and a 20 percent off merchandise credit for the GoBearcats.com online store, sources from the university reported.

Go to the UC Athletics website for more information on the the bowl game, ticket information and the Bearcats.

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