CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Wake Forest won't have to travel far for
its second bowl game in as many seasons.
The Demon Deacons accepted a bid Sunday to play in the Meineke
Bowl in Charlotte, 80 miles southwest of the school's Winston-Salem
campus. Wake Forest (8-4) will face Connecticut (9-3) of the Big
East on Dec. 29 at Bank of America Stadium.
It will mark the first time Wake Forest has played in
consecutive bowls. The Demon Deacons were one of the biggest
surprises in college football last season, when they went 11-3, won
the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game and lost to
Louisville in the Orange Bowl.
While Wake Forest didn't match the success of 2006, it still had
an impressive season for a school that used to be the doormat of
the ACC. Behind quarterback Riley Skinner and an opportunistic
defense, the Demon Deacons had only their fifth eight-win season.
Wake Forest will face UConn (No. 25 BCS, Unranked AP), which ended up as the Big East
co-champions after West Virginia's shocking loss to Pittsburgh on
Saturday. The Huskies earned their first Top 25 ranking this season
before losing to West Virginia last month, ending UConn's Bowl
Championship Series hopes.
The Meineke Bowl will kick off at 1 p.m. and be televised by
ESPN. The payout to both teams is $750,000.