Mark Harrison, Quron Pratt

Rutgers wide receiver Mark Harrison (81) celebrates his touchdown with teammate Quron Pratt during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Louisville in Piscataway, N.J., Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

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The Rutgers University football team is heading to Orlando, Fla.

The Scarlet Knights announced Sunday afternoon that they accepted a bid to the Russell Athletic Bowl.

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Rutgers, the Big East Conference co-champion, will play an opponent from the Atlantic Coast Conference. The game is Dec. 28 at 5:30 p.m. and will be shown on ESPN.

"We are thrilled to have the opportunity to compete in the Russell Athletic Bowl and we thank the great people at Florida Citrus Sports for the invitation," Rutgers director of intercollegiate athletics Tim Pernetti said in a news release. "Orlando is an easily accessible, phenomenal bowl destination which will offer our fans, student-athletes, staff and guests a host of activities, events, and top-notch hospitality."

Rutgers (9-3) has won five straight bowl games and will make its eighth bowl appearance.

“After winning a share of the Big East championship for the first time in school history, it is a great reward for our football family to play in the Russell Athletic Bowl in beautiful Orlando,” Coach Kyle Flood said. “We are excited to continue our season against an ACC opponent in one of the best destinations to be in during bowl season.”

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