Football to take on Navy in the Liberty Bowl in Memphis, Tennessee

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Head coach Chris Klieman runs onto the field with the Wildcats at the game against West Virginia. The Wildcats lost to the Mountaineer 24-20. (Dalton Wainscott I Collegian Media Group)

The football team is headed to Memphis, Tennessee to take on Navy in the Autozone Liberty Bowl on Dec. 31.

Kansas State, at 8-4, was passed over in the bowl selection process in favor of all three other non-New Year’s Six teams, including Texas and Iowa State who both hold 7-5 records.

The Alamo, Camping World and Texas Bowls all passed up the opportunity to host the Wildcats.

The Midshipmen sit at 9-2 and still have one more game — their annual match-up with Army — to play.

Navy’s two losses of the year came on the road against Notre Dame and the University of Memphis.

The Midshipmen are known for their triple-option offense that gives them the No. 1 rushing offense in the country.

They average 360.8 yards per game and average 5.98 yards per rush. The other two service academies — Army and Air Force — are the only schools with more rushing attempts than Navy.

Navy’s defense is number 33 in the country in yards per game, but is just 17th in the country in stopping the rush. They allow just over 100 rushing yards per game.

Wildcat fans who wish to watch Navy before the bowl game can tune in to CBS at 2 p.m. on Dec. 14.

The Liberty Bowl is scheduled for 2:45 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. It will be broadcast on ESPN.

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