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BOWL NOTEBOOK: FSU, Miami, UCF, FIU All Get Invites

The University of Miami football program announced Sunday that it has accepted a bid to the 2019 Walk-On’s Independence Bowl and will take on Louisiana Tech at Independence Stadium in Shreveport, La.

Florida State will conclude its season in El Paso, Texas, as it was announced Sunday that the Seminoles have been selected to play in the Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl against Arizona State.

For the fourth time in history, the UCF football team is headed to the Tampa/St. Petersburg area for a postseason bowl game, this time to play in the Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl.

UCF (9-3) will meet Conference USA representative Marshall (8-4) at 2:30 p.m. EST on Monday, Dec. 23, 2019, in 40,277-seat Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, in the Gasparilla Bowl.

For a school-record third straight season, the FIU football team will be going bowling as the Panthers are set to face Arkansas State in the Camellia Bowl in Montgomery, Alabama on Dec. 21. Kickoff is slated for 5:30 p.m. ET and the game will air on ESPN.

Miami’s matchup with Louisiana Tech (9-3, 6-2 C-USA) represents the fifth all-time meeting between the two schools and the first head-to-head contest since 2004; UM carries a perfect 4-0 all-time record into the game.

The Hurricanes’ appearance in the Independence Bowl is the second in program history; Miami lost, 24-21, to South Carolina in the 2014 Independence Bowl.

Florida State will appear in the postseason for an NCAA-best 38th time in the last 40 seasons. The Seminoles are returning to the Sun Bowl for the first time since 1966 and also played in the 1954 Sun Bowl, which was the second bowl appearance in program history.

Florida State leads the all-time series with Arizona State 3-1 and has won three straight against the Sun Devils. The teams first met in the 1971 Fiesta Bowl before squaring off in Tampa in 1979 and playing in Tempe in 1983 and 1984. The Seminoles are 9-2 all-time against current members of the Pac-12.

The bowl berth for FIU is its fifth in school history and record-breaking third under head coach Butch Davis. Davis now owns FIU’s record for most bowl appearances (3) and consecutive bowl appearances (3). Last season, the Panthers took a 35-32 victory in the Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl over Toledo for FIU’s first bowl win since 2010.

FIU will seek its seventh win of the season as the Panthers square off against the Red Wolves later this month. Led by its most winningest group of seniors in program history, the Panthers earned highlight wins over bowl-bound teams Charlotte and Miami (Fla.) in 2019. The victory over the Hurricanes at Marlins Park earned FIU its first-ever FWAA National Team of the Week honor as the Panthers dominated national headlines following the 30-24 win.

The Panthers and Red Wolves have faced off eight times, with those matchups coming during FIU’s Sun Belt days.

A rundown of all the games:

Dec. 20 — Bahamas Bowl: Charlotte vs. Buffalo, ESPN, 2 p.m.

Dec. 20 — Frisco Bowl: Kent State vs. Utah State, ESPN2, 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 21 — New Mexico Bowl: Central Michigan vs. San Diego State, ESPN, 2 p.m.

Dec. 21 — Cure Bowl: Liberty vs. Georgia Southern, CBSSN, 2:30 p.m.

Dec. 21 — Boca Raton Bowl: Florida Atlantic vs. SMU, ABC, 3:30 p.m.

Dec. 21 — Camellia Bowl: Florida International vs. Arkansas State, ESPN, 5:30 p.m.

Dec. 21 — Las Vegas Bowl: Boise State vs. Washington, ABC, 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 21 — New Orleans Bowl: Alabama-Birmingham vs. Appalachian State, ESPN, 9 p.m.

Dec. 23 — Gasparilla Bowl: Marshall vs. Central Florida, ESPN, 2:30 p.m.

Dec. 24 — Hawaii Bowl: BYU vs. Hawaii, ESPN, 8 p.m.

Dec. 26 — Independence Bowl: Miami (Fla.) vs. Louisiana Tech, ESPN, 4 p.m.

Dec. 26 — Quick Lane Bowl: Eastern Michigan vs. Pittsburgh, ESPN, 8 p.m.

Dec. 27 — Military Bowl: North Carolina vs. Temple, ESPN, noon

Dec. 27 — Pinstripe Bowl: Wake Forest vs. Michigan State, ESPN, 3:20 p.m.

Dec. 27 — Texas Bowl: Oklahoma State vs. Texas A&M, ESPN, 6:45 p.m.

Dec. 27 — Holiday Bowl: Iowa vs. Southern California, FS1, 8 p.m.

Dec. 27 — Cheez-It Bowl: Air Force vs. Washington State, ESPN, 10:15 p.m.

Dec. 28 — Camping World Bowl: Notre Dame vs. Iowa State, ABC, noon

Dec. 28 — Cotton Bowl: Penn State vs. Memphis, ESPN, noon

Dec. 28 — Peach Bowl: LSU vs. Oklahoma, ESPN, 4 p.m.

Dec. 28 — Fiesta Bowl: Ohio State vs. Clemson, ESPN, 8 p.m.

Dec. 30 — First Responder Bowl: Western Michigan vs. Western Kentucky, ESPN, 12:30 p.m.

Dec. 30 — Redbox Bowl: Illinois vs. California, Fox, 4 p.m.

Dec. 30 — Music City Bowl: Louisville vs. Mississippi State, ESPN, 4 p.m.

Dec. 30 — Orange Bowl: Virginia vs. Florida, ESPN, 8 p.m.

Dec. 31 — Belk Bowl: Virginia Tech vs. Kentucky, ESPN, noon

Dec. 31 — Sun Bowl: Florida State vs. Arizona State, CBS, 2 p.m.

Dec. 31 — Liberty Bowl: Kansas State vs. Navy, ESPN, 3:45 p.m.

Dec. 31 — Arizona Bowl: Wyoming vs. Georgia State, CBSSN, 4:30 p.m.

Dec. 31 — Alamo Bowl: Utah vs. Texas, ESPN, 7:30 p.m.

Jan. 1 — Citrus Bowl: Alabama vs. Michigan, ABC, 1 p.m.

Jan. 1 — Outback Bowl: Minnesota vs. Auburn, ESPN, 1 p.m.

Jan. 1 — Rose Bowl: Wisconsin vs. Oregon, ESPN, 5 p.m.

Jan. 1 — Sugar Bowl: Baylor vs. Georgia, ESPN, 8:45 p.m.

Jan. 2 — Birmingham Bowl: Boston College vs. Cincinnati, ESPN, 3 p.m.

Jan. 2 — Gator Bowl: Indiana vs. Tennessee, ESPN, 7 p.m.

Jan. 3 — Idaho Potato Bowl: Ohio vs. Nevada, ESPN, 3:30 p.m.

Jan. 4 — Armed Forces Bowl: Southern Mississippi vs. Tulane, ESPN, 11:30 a.m.

Jan. 6 — Mobile Bowl: Miami (Ohio) vs. Louisiana-Lafayette, ESPN, 7:30 p.m.

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