Tigers to Face Virginia Cavaliers In Atlanta

Auburn has accepted an invitation to play the Virginia Cavaliers in the Chick-fil-A Bowl.

Auburn, Ala.--Auburn will play Virginia in the Chick-fil-A Bowl on New Year's Eve in Atlanta in a matchup of SEC and Atlantic Coast Conference football teams.

Virginia has an 8-4 record. The Tigers and Cavaliers have played just twice in their history with a home-and-home series. Auburn won 18-7 in Charlottesville in 1997 while the Cavaliers won the rematch 19-0 in Auburn in 1998.

"We're extremely excited to be traveling to Atlanta to play a very good Virginia team in the Chick-fil-A Bowl," Auburn coach Gene Chizik said. "I know our players are excited for this opportunity and I look forward to our fans helping pack the Georgia Dome on New Year's Eve."

Virginia, which finished 5-3 in the ACC, does not have a common opponent with Auburn this season. The Cavaliers closed their regular season with a 38-0 loss to Virginia Tech.

If Virginia would have won that game it would have earned the Cavaliers a spot in the ACC Championship Game ahead of Virginia Tech. The Chick-fil-A Bowl had also been considering Virginia Tech, Clemson and Florida State as its ACC representative. With its victory on Saturday night, Clemson earned the ACC's automatic berth into the Bowl Championship Series.

The Chick-fil-A Bowl gets the No. 2 pick from the ACC unless that conference gets two teams into the BCS mix, which happened this year with the Sugar Bowl deciding to take Virginia Tech.

Junior linebacker Daren Bates leads the Tigers in tackles this season.

Tickets for the Chick-fil-A Bowl are $80 and may be purchased through the Auburn Ticket Office via aubtix.com or calling 1-855-AUB-2010. All seating assignments will be based on Tigers Unlimited Priority. For the best seats, fans are strongly encouraged to place orders through the Auburn Athletic Department. For additional information, visit www.auburntigers.com/bowltickets.html.

"Virginia and Auburn represent two of the most exciting young teams in the country," said Gary Stokan, Chick-fil-A Bowl president and CEO. "With these two teams, we have two top-tier coaching staffs, incredible fan bases and great history and tradition. We're expecting an unmatched atmosphere and a real battle in Atlanta for the Chick-fil-A Bowl."

The Tigers have a 21-13-2 all-time record in bowl games. Gene Chizik is 2-0 in bowls as Auburn's head coach with a 38-35 victory over Northwestern in the Outback Bowl to cap the 2009 season and last season the Tigers won the national championship game with a 22-19 victory over Oregon at Glendale, Ariz.

The Tigers have appeared in 14 different bowl games starting with their first appearance in the Bacardi Bowl played in Havana, Cuba in 1937.

Auburn has a 3-1 record in bowl games played in Atlanta at the contest first known as the Peach Bowl before being renamed the Chick-fil-A Bowl. Auburn's last appearance in Atlanta was a 23-20 victory over Clemson to close the 2007 season.

AU students with an Auburn Ignited Card can purchase tickets on a first-come, first-serve basis beginning Tuesday, Dec. 6 at 8 a.m. Central at the satellite ticket office located on the north side of the Auburn Arena next to the AU Team Shop.

"We are pleased to accept an invitation to play in the Chick-fil-A Bowl," Auburn Athletic Director Jay Jacobs said. "The Chick-fil-A Bowl is a first-class organization, and Virginia is an outstanding program. This will be a very good test for our football team and a great opportunity for our fans to come support the Tigers in Atlanta, which is close and convenient for our alumni and fan base."

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