The Cardinals (9-3, 5-3 C-USA) advance to their school-record sixth straight bowl game, and will play in the GMAC Bowl for the second straight season. Marshall defeated Louisville, 37-15, in Mobile last season.
"We're excited about this opportunity because it gives our loyal fans an opportunity to travel with us to the game," said Athletic Director Tom Jurich. "We had a great experience there last season, and I'm excited about the opportunity of showcasing our team in front of the Mobile community and a nationally-televised audience."
The game will feature two of the nation's most potent offenses, as both schools currently rank in the top 10 in total offense. The Cardinals stand fifth in the country in total offense at 488.6 yards and 10th in rushing at 227.1 yards per game, while Miami is the nation's sixth-highest scoring offense, averaging 40.7 points per game and is seventh nationally in total offense, putting up 480.6 yards per game.
"This will be an outstanding game for many reasons," said head coach Bobby Petrino. "This will be a great opportunity for our fans to see us play one more time and it will be my first bowl game as a head coach. You couldn't ask for a better match-up with two of the top offensive teams in the country."
Junior quarterback Stefan LeFors has been outstanding in leading the Cardinal offense this season. The southpaw from Baton Rouge, La., has thrown for 2,921 yards and 15 touchdowns and has accounted for 3,277 yards of total offense. Junior wide receiver J.R. Russell is LeFors' top target with 68 catches for 1,069 yards and five touchdowns.
The RedHawks, who own an 11-game winning streak, won their first MAC East Division Championship since the league was split into divisions in 1997, and will face Bowling Green in the MAC title game on Thursday. Miami is 5-2 all-time in bowl games, including back-to-back-to-back wins in the Tangerine Bowl against Florida (1973), Georgia (1974) and South Carolina (1975).