No. 22 Virginia Tech (9-4) will play in the Belk Bowl at Charlotte, North Carolina, for the first time when it faces Arkansas (7-5) on the evening of Dec. 29 (5:30 p.m., ESPN). The Hokies, under first-year head coach Justin Fuente, are 13-17 all-time in bowl games and are seeking their third straight win in postseason play.
North Carolina, 14-18 in 32 previous bowl appearances, will play in a postseason game for the eighth time in nine years and for the fourth straight year under head coach Larry Fedora when the Tar Heels (8-4) meet No. 18 Stanford (9-3) in the Hyundi Sun Bowl in El Paso on Friday Dec. 30 (2 p.m., CBS). The UNC has played in three previous Sun Bowls – most recently versus Texas in 1994 – and owns an all-time record of 1-2 in the event.
Georgia Tech (8-4) has accepted an invitation to participate in the 72nd-annual TaxSlayer Bowl, where it will face Kentucky (7-5) at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 31 at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Florida. The Yellow Jackets are 24-19 in all-time bowl appearances. This year’s TaxSlayer Bowl will be shown nationally by ESPN.
NC State (6-6) is set to meet Vanderbilt (6-6) at Shreveport, Louisiana on Dec. 26 at 5 p.m. (ESPN2). The Wolfpack stands 15-13-1 all-time in bowl games and will take part in postseason play for the third straight year under fourth-year head coach Dave Doeren.