Bearcats heading to the Military Bowl

The Cincinnati Bearcats will play Virginia Tech on December 27.

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CINCINNATI – The University of Cincinnati football team will face the Virginia Tech University from the Atlantic Coast Conference in the 2014 Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman, benefiting the USO on Dec. 27, 2014 at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Md.

The game will kickoff at 1 p.m. ET.

"We could not be more excited about this matchup," Military Bowl President & Executive Director Steve Beck said. "Virginia Tech is an incredibly popular team in our region and Cincinnati is one of the nation’s hottest teams. We are certain that both teams will be well represented in Annapolis on gameday."

Cincinnati (9-3) earned a share of the American Athletic Conference title – their fifth conference crown in seven years – with a win against Houston in the regular-season finale. The Bearcats, who will make their 16th bowl appearance, and Hokies (6-6) last met in 2012 at FedEx Field in Washington, D.C., when Cincinnati was a 27-24 winner.

This will be the 11th game between the teams, with the series tied 5-5. Cincinnati won the teams’ most recent meeting, 27-24 on Sept. 29, 2012, at FedEx Field in Landover, Md. The Hokies and Bearcats have played twice previously in bowl games, with Virginia Tech winning 20-7 in the Orange Bowl following the 2008 season and Cincinnati winning 18-6 in the Sun Bowl following the 1946 season.

UC Head Coach Tommy Tuberville and Virginia Tech’s Frank Beamer have faced off one other time, when Tuberville’s Auburn team capped an undefeated season with a 16-13 victory over Virginia Tech in the Sugar Bowl following the 2005 season.