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Sizing up the Raycom Media Camellia Bowl between Middle Tennessee State (6-6) and Arkansas State (7-4)
Time, TV: Dec. 16, 8 p.m. ET, ESPN
Site: Cramton Bowl, Montgomery, Ala.
The Dec. 16 bowl slate wraps up with the Camellia Bowl, a traditionally fun game — well, as “traditionally” as a four-year-old bowl can be — that serves as a perfect night cap for the busy day of college football. The previous three editions of this game have been decided by five points or less. Though this has previously been a #MACtion vs. #FunBelt matchup, the arrival of Middle Tennessee marks Conference USA’s first appearance.
Both have defensive stars and can get into the backfield, but this will be all about the offenses, as long as Middle Tennessee State shows up.
Injuries were a problem for most of the season — primarily to star WR Richie James and QB Brent Stockstill — but the Blue Raiders started to bounce back once Stockstill returned.
The team won three of its last four games with Stockstill back, cranking up an attack that scored 30 or more points in each of its last four games.
Thirty points won’t cut it against the Red Wolves.
Arkansas State started the regular season with a disappointing 43-36 loss at Nebraska and it ended it by losing at home to Troy for a chance to take a piece of the Sun Belt title. Along the way, the Sun Belt’s best offense put up a league-high 38.5 points per outing.