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Bearcats are heading to the Belk Bowl

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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

The University of Cincinnati football team has accepted a bid to play in the Belk Bowl on Dec. 28, 2013 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C. The game will kickoff at 3:20 p.m. ET and air on ESPN.

Cincinnati will face a team from the Atlantic Coast Conference, expected to be announced at 8:45 p.m. on Sunday.

"We are so pleased to be going to Charlotte to play in the 2013 Belk Bowl," football head coach Tommy Tuberville said. "The opportunity to play another game is huge for our team, our fans and for recruiting. It's exciting and a tribute to our great fans that the Belk Bowl has selected UC two years in a row and I look forward to seeing Bearcats Nation in Charlotte on December 28."

This is UC's second straight appearance in the Belk Bowl. The Bearcats (9-3) defeated Duke in a 48-34 thriller in Charlotte in 2012.

"We are very excited to have the University of Cincinnati returning to the 2013 Belk Bowl," said Will Webb, Executive Director. "The Bearcats are a very good team that should provide a great matchup in Charlotte for its opponent. The university and its fans had a great showing last year and we look forward to hosting them again for the 2013 Belk Bowl."

Multi-Grammy nominee and CMA Entertainer of the Year Blake Shelton will be the featured act at the 2013 Belk Bowl FanFest, taking place outside the stadium before the game. The Belk Bowl FanFest is free to the public and will begin at 11:00 a.m., with Shelton scheduled to begin his performance at 1:30 p.m.

"Our team is really looking forward to going back to Charlotte," Director of Athletics Whit Babcock said. "We had a great experience last year and look forward to this trip. Our fans have been fantastic all year and we want to encourage them to buy tickets directly from UC so we can ensure a great representation of Bearcats in Charlotte."

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