(AP) Southern California will face Boston College in the Emerald Bowl.
The bowl announced Sunday that the Trojans (8-4) will play the Eagles (8-4) on Dec. 26 at AT&T Park in San Francisco. This marks the first time USC has played in the bowl.
The Trojans had played in a BCS game the past seven years and had hopes to make it back there again this season. But they dropped three of their last five games, including Saturday’s 21-17 loss to Arizona. USC fell out of the AP Top 25 for the first time in eight years after the loss to Wildcats.
“We’re disappointed with the way we played the last half of this season, so the Emerald Bowl gives us a chance to finish the year on a positive note,” coach Pete Carroll said. “We’ll work hard to send our seniors out in the fashion they deserve. And it’ll give our younger players some extra practice time that will pay off in the future.”
Boston College is making its 11th straight bowl appearance. The Eagles are the first team to play in the Emerald Bowl twice, beating Colorado State 35-21 in 2003. Boston College is 8-1 in bowl games this decade.
“We could not be happier with this matchup,” bowl director Gary 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 premiere academic institutions and an overachieving team that overcame a lot of adversity this season.”
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After the meeting, Coach Pete Carroll said the Trojans “need to find it again,” and would attempt to begin doing so when they practice Saturday.