2014 Heart of Dallas Bowl Date Announced

    Go Hoosiers! The fifth annual Heart of Dallas Bowl will be played on Friday, Dec. 26.
    Go Hoosiers!
    The fifth annual Heart of Dallas Bowl will be played on Friday, Dec. 26.
    Go Hoosiers!

    May 31, 2014

    DALLAS - The fifth annual Heart of Dallas Bowl will be played on Friday, Dec. 26, at the historic Cotton Bowl Stadium on the grounds of Fair Park. This year's bowl game will kick off at noon central time and is slated to feature teams from Conference USA and the Big Ten Conference.

    The 2014 Heart of Dallas Bowl will be aired on ESPN. The game has been played on ESPNU for the past four years.

    "The opportunity to play on a Friday during a traditional holiday period is fantastic for our game and our fans," said Brant Ringler, Executive Director of the Heart of Dallas Bowl. "We look forward to working with both of our conference participants along with the staff at the Cotton Bowl on raising the profile of our event locally and nationally by moving to an ESPN window."

    Conference USA will be seeking its third Heart of Dallas Bowl win as the 14-school league will enter the 2014 Heart of Dallas Bowl as the defending champions. Last January, North Texas used a 22-point fourth quarter to post a 36-14 win over UNLV on New Year's Day at the Cotton Bowl Stadium.

    Behind a 532-yard, three touchdown passing performance by Case Keenum, 18th-ranked Houston scored CUSA's first bowl win, defeating Penn State 30-14 in the 2012 version played when the game was still known as the TicketCity Bowl.

    The Big Ten will begin its 119th season of intercollegiate football, and is scheduled to have a fourth team appear in this year's Heart of Dallas Bowl.

    The 2014 Heart of Dallas Bowl starts the 85th year of games being played at Cotton Bowl Stadium on the grounds of Fair Park, which features 227 acres of museums, attractions, history, art and performances located in the "heart" of the ninth largest city in the United States.

    The Heart of Dallas Bowl is one of 11 owned and operated bowl games by ESPN Events. ESPN Events, a subsidiary of ESPN, owns and operates a large portfolio of collegiate sporting events worldwide. The roster includes two Labor Day weekend college football games; 11 college bowl games and eight college basketball events, which accounts for approximately 200 hours of programming, reaches almost 64 million viewers and attracts over a half a million attendees each year. With satellite offices in Boca Raton, Boise, Birmingham, Dallas-Fort Worth, Albuquerque, St. Petersburg and Las Vegas, ESPN Events builds relationships with conferences, schools and local communities, as well as providing unique experiences for teams and fans.



    ESPN Events also manages the Big 12 Corporate Partner Program.

    Collegiate Football - AdvoCare v100 Texas Bowl (Houston); AdvoCare Texas Kickoff (Houston); Birmingham Bowl (Alabama); Boca Raton Bowl (Florida); Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (Boise); Gildan New Mexico Bowl (Albuquerque); Hawai'i Bowl (Honolulu); Heart of Dallas Bowl (Dallas-Fort Worth); Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl (Dallas-Fort Worth); MEAC/SWAC Challenge presented by Disney (Orlando, Fla.); Raycom Media Camellia Bowl (Montgomery, Ala.); Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl (Nevada); St. Petersburg Bowl (Florida) and The Home Depot College Football Awards (Orlando, Fla.).

    Collegiate Basketball - Armed Forces Classic (US Air Station Borinquen, PR); Gildan Charleston Classic (South Carolina); Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic (Honolulu); Wooden Legacy (Orange County, Calif.); Jimmy V Men's & Women's Basketball Classics (New York City & South Bend, Ind.); Orlando Classic (Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Fla.); Puerto Rico Tip-Off (San Juan, PR) and State Farm Champions Classic (Indianapolis).

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