The 50th anniversary Liberty Bowl matchup is official. Conference USA Champion East Carolina will meet SEC foe Kentucky.
The Wildcats will make their first appearance ever in the Liberty Bowl after finishing 6-6 with a season ending loss to Tennessee. After two straight trips to the Music City Bowl in Nashville, it's their 3rd straight bowl game. The Wildcats were an attractive team because of the crowd they're expected to bring according the Liberty Bowl Executive Director Steve Ehrhart.
East Carolina will come in 9-4 after winning its first league title in 32 years. This will be the Pirates 3rd trip to the Liberty Bowl, but the first time in 13 years.
The golden anniversary Liberty Bowl is scheduled for Friday, January 2nd at 4:00pm.