UCF Knights Are Bowl Bound, but Where Will They Go?
With a 49-0 at-home shutout against the Tulane Green Wave, the UCF Knights secured their seventh win and are now bowl bound. To which bowl will they go? It's not certain yet, but here's a look at the possibilities:
The Three Most Likely Bowls: St. Petersburg Bowl, Eagle Bank Bowl, R and L Carriers New Orleans Bowl
St. Petersburg Bowl
The St. Petersburg Bowl, which will take place on December 19, 2009, in St. Petersburg, Florida, will be a C-USA vs. Big East game. The sixth pick from the Big East and the fourth pick from C-USA will play.
During bowl week in St. Petersburg, there will be a slew of events, including the Player VIP Party at Red Mesa and PUSH Ultra Lounge, the "Party on the Pier" at the St. Petersburg Pier on Wednesday December 16th, a battle of the bands, block party, and a kickoff at the Tampa Bay Rays' Tropicana Field at 8:00 PM.
There has only been one other St. Petersburg bowl, last year, in which the USF Bulls played the Memphis Tigers-Matt Groethe led the Bulls to a 41-14 win. The game will be televised nationally on ESPN.
The field will be in the home plate corner of the stadium, extending down the first-base line into right field. You can now pick up tickets for this game at ticketmaster.com.
Eagle Bank Bowl
The Eagle Bank Bowl will be played in Washington, D.C. It will take place on December 29, 2009, at 4:30 PM, featuring ACC vs. Army/C-USA. Events open to the public include and ACC and Army/C-USA Welcome Reception, in which participating teams arrive in D.C. on Christmas evening and are greeted by fans, local alumni, and pep squads.
There will be "plenty of cider and hot chocolate" according to eaglebankbowl.com, and the event kicks off an exciting week of bowl entertainment.
The Eagle Bank Bowl teams luncheon will be held in Washington, D.C., at the JW Marriott Hotel, 1331 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm on Sunday, December 27, 2009. Tickets are $75.00 and can be purchased at eaglebankbowl.com, the same website in which you can find out all bowl information.
R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl
The third likely bowl for the Knights is the New Orleans Bowl held in, you guessed it, the Big Easy. It will be held December 20, 2009. The Sun Belt champion will be the home team for this bowl. Last year, Southern Miss squeaked one out against Troy, 30-27.
The game will be held at the Superdome, home of the New Orleans Saints. Notable events during bowl week include the Sun Belt Athlete Party, by invitation only, Wednesday, December 16, the C-USA Athlete Party December 17, the R+L Carriers Event Luncheon, open to limited public, a players' community outreach, a battle of the bands, a VIP party, and a tailgate party.
Tickets for this event can be bought at ticketmaster.com.
Less-Likely Bowls: Sheraton Hawaii Bowl, Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl
Sheraton Hawaii Bowl
The Hawaii Bowl hasn't been a successful venue as of yet for the Knights, but if they make it to the Hawaii Bowl this year, they'll have another chance to claim victory. On December 24, 2009, the game will take place at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii. On October 29, 2009, the Hawaii Bowl kicked off their celebration of the annual bowl with Octobeerfest, a three hour event at the Sheraton Waikiki Ballroom.
The halftime performance will feature one of Hawaii's most famous musicians, Henry Kapono. The game will take place between a C-USA team and a Western Athletic Conference team.
Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl
The Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl takes place in Fort Worth, Texas. Kickoff is 11 a.m. on New Year's Eve 2009 at Amon G. Carter Stadium. The game will feature a C-USA team vs. a Mountain West conference team.
The bowl will feature a patriotic theme, and big events during bowl week include a team kickoff luncheon, a guitar hero event, and a pep rally presented by Bud Light.
For more information about this bowl, go to armedforcesbowl.com. Tickets can be bought on Ticketmaster.
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