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NC State will play in the 2018 Gator Bowl against Texas A&M

The Pack is going to Jacksonville for the holidays.

Rivers celebrates victory Photo by Craig Jones/Getty Images

NC State is heading back to the Gator Bowl for the first time since 2003, again with a chance to put a nice cap on a good season. The Wolfpack’s opponent in the game is expected to be Texas A&M, per a report from Inside Pack Sports.

The ACC bowl selection process got a bit jumbled this afternoon, it sounds like, with NC State’s landing spots likely either the Camping World Bowl, the Pinstripe Bowl, and the Gator Bowl. I’m fine with not getting the Camping World Bowl since we’re headed to Florida anyhow, and I don’t think there’s any difference in the reputation of those games, either.

Texas A&M finished this season at 8-4 (5-3) and closed out the season with the most absurd game of 2018, a 74-72 win over LSU that spanned seven overtimes. The Aggies also played Clemson well in September, losing to the Tigers by just two points.

This won’t be an easy matchup—I’d imagine A&M will be favored—but it has the potential to be a lot of fun, too. Both teams have good quarterbacks, and both have had some significant issues at times on the defensive side.