Clemson University

Clemson will face South Florida in Meineke Bowl

CHARLOTTE, N.C. | Clemson will make a short trip to play in the Meineke Bowl for the first time in a matchup with South Florida in coach Skip Holtz's return to North Carolina.

Bowl officials invited the Tigers (6-6) on Sunday ahead of Maryland and after North Carolina State was selected by the Champs Sports Bowl. Clemson's strong fan base and its location 2½ hours from Charlotte made it an attractive choice for the Dec. 31 game at Bank of America Stadium.

The Bulls (7-5) will play in this bowl for the second time, getting the bid a day after falling to Big East champion Connecticut 19-16. It'll mark Holtz's return to the state after he guided East Carolina for five seasons.

South Florida lost to N.C. State 14-0 in 2005 in Charlotte in the school's first bowl appearance.