Southern Mississippi has accepted a bid to represent Conference USA in the Beef O'Brady's Bowl.
The Golden Eagles will face a still-to-be determined opponent from the Big East Dec. 21 at 8 p.m. at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg.
"Fans are going to see a tradition-rich Southern Miss program that can stack up the yards and light up the scoreboard," bowl executive director Brett Dulaney said in a news release. "Coach Larry Fedora and his staff have their team on a roll with at least 40 points in seven of their final eight games. Regardless of who the Golden Eagles face from the BIG EAST, the matchup promises to have fans on the edge of their seats."
Southern Miss (8-4, 5-3) ranks 15th in the nation in total offense with 458 yards per game, and the Golden Eagles average 37.6 points. In addition to scoring at least 40 in seven of the final eight games, Southern Miss put at least 50 points on the board in each of its final two games.
Said Southern Miss Director of Athletics Richard Giannini: "Our Southern Miss football program is elated for the opportunity to play in the Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl in St. Petersburg. It is a tremendous destination for our fans and our football players are excited about playing a Big East opponent. We understand from other Conference USA teams that have played in this game that the bowl treats you tremendously and it is a wonderful experience for the student-athletes and fans."
Added Fedora: "We are extremely excited about the opportunity to play in St. Petersburg in Florida. It is a great area with great weather and we have the opportunity to play a quality opponent from the Big East. We are thrilled about being able to play another game."
Tickets are on sale for $47.75 at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000. For $175, fans can sit in the Bowl Bud Light Lounge right behind the team bench. For tickets in the Bud Light Lounge, contact Carlos Padilla at 727-290-9865.