Navy to face Pittsburgh in Military Bowl on Dec. 28

Navy found out its opponent in the 2015 Military Bowl and it's a familiar foe -- the Pittsburgh Panthers.

The Military Bowl announced today that Pittsburgh accepted its  invitation to play in this year's game on Dec. 28. Navy accepted its invitation on Dec. 1.


Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis. The game will be televised on ESPN.

The teams have met 39 times, with the Panthers leading the series 22-14-3. The teams last met in 2013, when Navy won 24-21  in Annapolis.

The Panthers (8-4) finished second in the ACC Coastal division. Navy, ranked No. 21 in the nation, finished 9-2 and was second in the AAC's West division.

"What an incredible matchup for our game," Military Bowl president and executive director Steve Beck said in a release. "We feel fortunate to have a team the caliber of Pittsburgh face off against Navy, which is in the midst of one of the greatest seasons in school history."

Under first-year coach Pat Narduzzi, Pittsburgh is enjoying its best season in six years while playing a schedule that included eight teams that will play in bowl games. The Panthers went 6-2 in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

The Panthers will be playing in a bowl game for the eighth consecutive season. This will be their first Military Bowl appearance.

Navy, which concludes its regular history on Saturday against Army, is in the midst of a historic season. Led by record-setting quarterback Keenan Reynolds, the Midshipmen can tie the school single-season record for victories by beating Army and would set a new mark by winning that game along with a bowl victory. Reynolds has set a new NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision all-time record with 83 rushing touchdowns.

The Midshipmen have spent the past five weeks in the national rankings, the longest stretch they have spent in the rankings since 1963. This will be Navy's 12th bowl appearance in the past 13 years.