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Cincinnati will face North Carolina in Belk Bowl

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© North Carolina's Ryan Switzer (3) catches a touchdown pass as Old Dominion's Fellonte Misher can't make the tackle during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Chapel Hill, N.C., Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome) © North Carolina's Ryan Switzer (3) catches a touchdown pass as Old Dominion's Fellonte Misher can't make the tackle during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Chapel Hill, N.C., Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -

The Cincinnati Bearcats will look to defend their Belk Bowl title Dec. 28 against North Carolina. 

The Bearcats will be making their second straight appearance in the game after defeating Duke 48-34 last year in Charlotte, Belk Bowl officials announced Sunday night. 

Cincinnati (9-3) finished second place in the American Athletic Conference, winning six of their final seven games. 

North Carolina (6-6) also finished the season strong, winning five of its last six games to become bowl eligible. It has lost its previous three appearances in the game by a combined six points.

Bowl executive director Will Webb is excited about the matchup, saying in a release, "The Tar Heels finished the season very strong, as did Cincinnati, and it should provide a great matchup on the field."

 

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