The Georgia Bulldogs will face the UCF Knights in the 2010 AutoZone Liberty Bowl, UGA announced today.
Georgia has played UCF one time in their history. The Dawgs beat the UCF Knights 24-23 in Athens in 1999.
The Liberty Bowl pits Conference USA against the SEC and will be televised by ESPN at 3:30 p.m. on December 31, 2010.
This will be the third trip to the Liberty Bowl for the Bulldogs. They lost to NC State 14-7 in 1967 and beat Arkansas 20-17 in 1987.
“We are delighted with the selection of our team to represent the Southeastern Conference in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl,” said UGA Director of Athletics Greg McGarity. “It’s an opportunity to return to Memphis after 23 years and play a conference champion in Central Florida. The Liberty Bowl has 50-year tradition in the bowl business dating back to its first game in 1959. We look forward to bringing our team and fans to Memphis over the holidays.”
“I’m really excited for our team and especially our seniors with the opportunity to play at a bowl game with such tremendous tradition and history,” said UGA head coach Mark Richt. “It’s also a destination that will be new to most of our fans and supporters. I know our team and coaches will prepare well to represent the Southeastern Conference against Central Florida, a team that had an outstanding regular season ending with a conference championship.”