UNC heading to Russell Athletic Bowl

UNC heading to Russell Athletic Bowl

UNC Press Release 

CHAPEL HILL – The University of North Carolina has accepted an invitation to play in the 2015 Russell Athletic Bowl vs. Baylor on Tuesday, Dec. 29, at 5:30 p.m. The game will be played in Orlando's Citrus Bowl Stadium and will be televised nationally by ESPN.

"We're looking forward to competing in the Russell Athletic Bowl and representing the University of North Carolina and the Atlantic Coast Conference," says head coach Larry Fedora.  "This is a great opportunity for our players to continue the season and have a terrific experience in Orlando. Baylor is an outstanding program from the Big 12 that has an electrifying offense and should be a tremendous challenge for our team."

The UNC Ticket Office and The Rams Club will take priority requests for Russell Athletic Bowl tickets through Tuesday, Dec. 8 at 5 pm. Requests will be taken online through Tuesday at 11:59 pm.

This will be Fedora's seventh bowl appearance as a head coach.  The Russell Athletic Bowl is Carolina's 32nd all-time bowl game, and first in Florida since the 1998 Gator Bowl in Jacksonville.

The Tar Heels are No. 10 in the College Football Playoff and Associated Press Top 25 polls and No. 11 in the Amway Coaches poll.  Carolina is 11-2 overall and won Coastal Division title.  UNC is averaging more than 40 points per game and 486 yards per game.

Baylor finished the regular season 9-3 overall and 6-3 in the Big 12.   This will be the first time the two schools have met on the gridiron.  In 1995, North Carolina defeated Arkansas, 20-10, in the 1995 Carquest Bowl in Miami, forerunner to the current Russell Athletic Bowl. This year's Russell Athletic Bowl marks just the second matchup between teams with a combined 20 wins (2013-Louisville, Miami).