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UCF, coming off a thrilling 62-55 double overtime-win over Memphis in the AAC Championship game, will face off against the SEC Runner-Up Auburn Tigers.

The 50th annual Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl will be played on New Year's Day at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta and will be nationally televised by ESPN.

The Knights will put their undefeated season on the line when they play Auburn on New Year's Day.

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UCF will be making its first trip to the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, while Auburn will make its sixth appearance.

The No. 12 Knights have an opportunity to cap off an incredible season with a win over a Top 10 opponent and send head coach Scott Frost out with a bang.

A win by the Tigers in the bowl game will give the program its sixth 11-win season in school history in what will be its first trip to the Peach Bowl since 2011, when Auburn defeated Virginia 43-24 on December 31 in the Georgia Dome.

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"I'm blessed to be the head coach at Auburn", Malzahn said. The former three-star prospect from Montgomery posted 68 total tackles with three interceptions, two touchdowns and three forced fumbles in his senior season that resulted in Carver going to the state semifinal games. He led the Tigers to double-digit upset wins over No. 1 teams Georgia and Alabama before a 28-7 loss to Georgia in the SEC title game. "We've got talented players. I feel good about where we're at".

Malzahn echoed those sentiments during his postgame media session, saying that he believes the team will repeat as SEC West Division champion and return to the conference title game one year from now, adding: "I'm happy at Auburn". The Tigers are the first-ever team to defeat two College Football Playoff No. 1-ranked teams in the same season.

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No. 4 Alabama (11-1), teams that have slugged it out to the bitter end in the last two national championship games. For a chance at the national championship and they do without having to face Georgia along the way.

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