ORLANDO, Fla. – On behalf of its Selection Committee, Florida Citrus Sports’ Chairman Ken Potrock and CEO Steve Hogan announced today that the North Carolina Tar Heels (11-2, 8-0 ACC) have been selected to play the Baylor Bears (9-3, 6-3 Big 12) in the 2015 Russell Athletic Bowl. This year’s edition of the game will take place on Tuesday, December 29th at the Orlando Citrus Bowl Stadium at 5:30 p.m.
This year’s Russell Athletic Bowl will be the first-ever meeting between North Carolina and Baylor, and the first time the Tar Heels or the Bears have ever played in Orlando. In 1995, North Carolina defeated Arkansas, 20-10, in the 1995 Carquest Bowl in Miami, forerunner to the current Russell Athletic Bowl. This year’s Russell Athletic Bowl marks just the second matchup between teams with a combined 20 wins (2013-Louisville, Miami).
The ACC Coastal Division Champion Tar Heels won a school-record 11 games in a row this season, finishing undefeated in ACC regular-season play (8-0) for the first time since 1980.
Baylor finished the season ranked first in the NCAA in total offense (604.6 yds/game) and scoring (48.0). The Bears are 38-10 against ranked opponents under head coach Art Briles.
Tickets for the Russell Athletic Bowl start at $60. Please note: Florida Citrus Sports uses dynamic demand-based pricing. For ticket information, please log on to www.ticketmaster.com. Groups of 20 or more may call the Florida Citrus Sports offices at 407.423.2476.