The Wolfpack will be representing the Atlantic Coast Conference while the Bulls will represent the Big East Conference.
NC State earned the invitation after winning four out of the final five regular season games to become bowl eligible. The Wolfpack defeated ACC champion Florida State and bowl-bound programs Georgia Tech and Southern Mississippi to reach the postseason for the fifth time in six seasons under head coach Chuck Amato.
South Florida defeated Gator Bowl-bound Louisville and another bowl-bound Big East team, Rutgers, on its way to securing the Meineke Car Care invitation.
SOUTH FLORIDA INFORMATION
School Colors: Green & Gold
Conference: Big East
Head Coach: Jim Leavitt
Record at GT: 67-42 (10 years)
2004 Bowl: None
2005 AP Ranking: None
2005 Current Record: 6-5 (4-3)
Meet The Coach: Jim Leavitt, the only coach in the 10-year history of USF football, recently agreed to a contract extension through 2012, with an average salary of $1 million per year. A terrific recruiter who has built the South Florida program, Leavitt flirted with the Kansas State opening before deciding to sign the extension.
Key Player: Andre Hall, RB -- Talented running back has led USF's rushing attack, rushing for 1,256 yards and 13 touchdowns in his senior season.
Notable: South Florida will be playing the first bowl game in the program's history on December 31st in the Meineke Car Care Bowl. It is a huge accomplishment for a program that played its first game only nine years ago.