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Beef O'Brady's 2013: Ohio to play East Carolina in St. Petersburg

Al Messerschmidt

It is being reported that the Ohio and East Carolina Pirates have each accepted invitations to the 2013 Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl.

If you want all the excitement of playing in sunny Florida with the drab interior of a domed baseball field than the Beef 'O' Brady's bowl is for you! The venue Tropicana field in Tampa Bay Florida. The stadium is home to the Tampa Bay Rays. Set up in 2008 as the "magicJack St. Petersburg Bowl" the contest was quickly picked up by the Beef 'O' Brady's restaurant chain and named "St. Petersburg Bowl Presented by Beef 'O' Brady's".

Last year when an alternate was needed Ball State was selected and played UCF. They were the first MAC team to play in the game but most projections I have seen this season have a MAC team playing again this year.

This season the Ohio Bobcats started strong but three of their last four games.

This selection likely means that the Toledo Rockets and Central Michigan Chippewa's are staying home this season