It's official; Louisiana's Ragin’ Cajun football team is heading to a college football bowl game for the first time in 41 years, after accepting a formal invitation on Monday night to play in the R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl.

The last time a Cajun football team participated in a bowl game was back in 1970, in the Grantland Rice Bowl.

UL will represent the Sun Belt Conference in the R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl, and will take on an opponent to be named at a later date.

The game will take place at the Mercedes Benz Superdome on Saturday, December 17. Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. 

The Cajuns are 8-3 on the year, and will wrap-up their 2011 regular season scheuled this Saturday, when they take on the Arizona Wildcats, in non-conference action.

Ragincajuns.com, has more, including ticket information.