TAMPA, FL - NOVEMBER 25: Coach Charlie Strong of the Louisville Cardinals yells after a fourth-quarter touchdown against the South Florida Bulls November 25, 2011 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. The Cardinals won 34 - 24. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
According to a report from the News/Charlotte Observer, NC State will be traveling to Charlotte this holiday season to play in the ever-changing Belk Tire & Muffler Bowl. I had no idea they had an automotive department.
N.C. State will face Louisville in the Belk Bowl at Charlotte's Bank of America Stadium on Tuesday, Dec. 27, a source close to the bowl said Saturday.
The Wolfpack (7-5) will represent the ACC, facing the Cardinals (7-5) of the Big East.
N.C. State became bowl eligible with late-season victories against ACC champion Clemson (37-13) and Maryland (56-41).
Louisville finished the regular season by winning five of their last six games and actually had a shot at the Big East's BCS bowl bid if things fell perfectly for them on Saturday.
The Cardinals have a couple of opponents in common with us: they lost 14-7 at UNC and 25-16 at Cincinnati. Using the bogus common opponent transitive property method to set the line, that makes Louisville one-point favorites.
I'm more looking forward to the Bridge-Strong screamoff, though.