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USC heading to the Emerald Bowl to Face Boston College

Caught it on the Daily Trojan's Twitter account...

Here it is from Ben's Blog...

USC will face Boston College in the Emerald Bowl on Dec. 26 at San Francisco's AT&T Park. The matchup, featuring a pair of 8-4 teams, will kick off at 5 p.m. and will be televised nationally on ESPN.

The game marks the Trojans' ninth consecutive bowl.

Updated below the fold...

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From the Emerald Bowl Official website...

Executive director Gary Cavalli extended the Emerald Bowl bid to each team today following yesterday's completion of regular season play.

The Trojans and Eagles, each 8-4 during the regular season, meet on Saturday, December 26 with kickoff at 5:00 p.m. [PST]/8:00 p.m. [EST]. The game will be televised in prime time for the fourth consecutive year by ESPN and will also be heard nationwide on ESPN Radio.

In last year's Emerald Bowl, California defeated Miami 24-17 before a standing-room-only 42,268 fans. It was also the 8th-most-watched college football bowl telecast in ESPN's history. The Emerald Bowl has set attendance and ratings records two of the past three years.

"We could not be happier with this matchup," Cavalli said. "In USC, we have one of the great brands in college football and a program that is almost always in the national championship hunt. In Boston College, we have one of the nation's premier academic institutions and an over-achieving team that overcame a lot of adversity this season.

"Pete Carroll is recognized as one of the great coaches in the game, and Frank Spaziani did a phenomenal job with BC in his first year as head coach. We look forward to showcasing all that San Francisco has to offer to the teams, coaches, administrators and fans."

The Emerald Bowl and the Pacific-10 Conference reached agreement in 2005 to have a Pac-10 representative in the game. UCLA, Oregon State and Cal have played in the Emerald Bowl previously.

Since its inception in 2002, San Francisco Convention and Visitors Bureau figures indicate the Emerald Bowl has generated over $83 million in revenue for the City and County.

The Trojans, who continue to play one of the nation's strongest schedules, had an impressive early-season victory at Ohio State, the eventual Big Ten champion.

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