CINCINNATI (AP) -No. 20 Cincinnati accepted an invitation Wednesday to play Southern Mississippi in the Papajohns.com Bowl in Birmingham, Ala., on Dec. 22.
Cincinnati has won the Fort Worth Bowl and the International Bowl in the last two years.
The bowl will complete a breakout season for the Bearcats, who went 9-3 and were in contention for the Big East title until they lost to West Virginia. Cincinnati finished 4-3 in the league with a 52-31 victory over Syracuse on Saturday.

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