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Open Thread: UC Takes On Duke In The Belk Bowl

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The University of Cincinnati Bearcats are set to take on the Duke Blue Devils in the 2012 Belk Bowl tonight, and there's a lot more riding on this game than bragging rights.

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The University of Cincinnati is walking on a tight rope right now. The Big East is collapsing around them as they desperately try to prove to the larger conferences that they deserve a spot and as more time goes by, the larger a plummet into whatever the Big East will become (Conference USA?) seems possible.

Tonight they're taking on a school belonging to the ACC, the conference they're trying to claw their way in to, as they're set to face the Duke Blue Devils in the Belk Bowl. The game starts at 6:30 p.m. EST and will be broadcast nationally on ESPN.

This is a chance to show the country that they belong in a better conference. Will they take advantage of it?