Cincinnati to AutoZone Liberty Bowl

Cincinnati accepted a bid to play Vanderbilt in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl on Dec. 31 in Memphis, Tenn.

"We are pleased to accept a bid into the 53rd AutoZone Liberty Bowl," coach Butch Jones said in a statement. "It’s a great honor to be part of a game with the prestige and storied history of the Liberty Bowl. We look forward to a great number of Cincinnati fans being the team behind the team and helping us ring in the New Year in Memphis.”

The Bearcats (9-3, 5-2) won a share of the Big East title for the third time in four seasons, but West Virginia won the tiebreaker for the right to play in a BCS game. Cincinnati will be playing in their 13th bowl game and first since 2009. Cincinnati is 6-6 all-time in post-season games and will be making its first trip to the AutoZone Liberty Bowl.

This marks the eighth meeting between the Bearcats and Vanderbilt (6-6) in a series that dates back to 1898. The teams have not met since Oct. 8, 1994.