Apps Receive Bowl Bid.... (2016-12-04 21:11:39)

Camellia Bowl Bound: App State Will Face Toledo on Dec. 17....NEW ORLEANS – Appalachian State will face the Toledo on Dec. 17 in the 2016 Camellia Bowl at the Crampton Bowl in Montgomery, Ala. Kickoff is at 5:30 p.m. ET. The game will be televised on ESPN.


The Sun Belt Conference-Mid-American matchup was announced on Sunday afternoon as the 2016-2017 bowl schedule was unveiled.

App State (9-3, 7-1 Sun Belt) claimed a Sun Belt Championship for the first time in 2016 behind a record-setting defense and the Sun Belt’s top offense during league play. The Mountaineers finished the regular season with back-to-back one sided wins over UL Monroe and New Mexico State, allowing only 94 points in Sun Belt play, the fewest allowed in conference history in an eight-game schedule.

Toledo (9-3, 6-2 MAC) finished second in the MAC West behind Western Michigan to earn the Camellia Bowl berth. The Rockets have wins over Arkansas State and Fresno State.

The Camellia Bowl will feature two of college football’s active rushing leaders in App’s Marcus Cox (4,960 career yards) who needs 40 yards for 5,000. Toledo’s KareemHunt has 4,825 career yards and will also be chasing 5,000 yards.  

 The bowl berth is the second in as many seasons for App State, both in the Camellia Bowl. App went 11-2 last season and claimed a 31-29 win over Ohio on a last season field goal in the 2015 Camellia Bowl. App rallied from a 24-7 deficit to set a Sun Belt record for wins in a season (11) and became the first team to win a bowl game in their first FBS bowl eligible season.

The Sun Belt regular season was completed on Saturday. All-conference awards will be released on Wednesday afternoon. A bowl practice schedule, media availability, and bowl travel plans for the Apps will be announced on Monday.


A-State Football Accepts Cure Bowl Invitation


JONESBORO, Ark.  – The Arkansas State Athletics Department announced Sunday that its Sun Belt Conference champion football team has accepted an official invitation to play in the 2016 AutoNation Cure Bowl presented by Florida Hospital on Dec. 17 at 4:30 p.m. (CT), when it will face American Athletic Conference member UCF.

The Red Wolves, making a school-record sixth consecutive bowl-game appearance, will face the Knights at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Fla., in a CBS Sports Network-televised game.  A-State will be making its first appearance in the Cure Bowl, which played its inaugural game last year, and competing in its 14th all-time bowl game.

“The Cure Bowl is in an outstanding location, and we are excited for everyone associated with our program to experience a new bowl game in one of the most visited parts of the United States,” said A-State Director of Athletics Terry Mohajir.  “I am very familiar with the state of Florida and UCF, so I know this will be both a great destination and opponent for our team and fans.  The Cure Bowl presents a strong match-up against a team from the American Athletic Conference.”

Arkansas State most recently played in the 2015 New Orleans Bowl, which followed four consecutive trips to the GoDaddy Bowl, now known as the Dollar General Bowl.

A-State, the only FBS program in the nation to win five conference championships over the last six seasons, completed the regular season with a 7-5 overall record and 7-1 mark in Sun Belt play.  UCF finished its regular season 6-6 overall and 4-4 in league play to place tied for third in the East Division of the AAC.

“I’m extremely proud of our team and the way they fought through adversity this year, not only to win another Sun Belt Conference title, but also to earn an opportunity to compete in the Cure Bowl and finish our season on a high note against a great opponent from the American Athletic Conference,” said A-State head coach Blake Anderson.  “The Cure Bowl offers our players and fans an outstanding experience in Orlando, and while UCF will be a challenging opponent, we are looking forward to the game as we try to complete our season by winning eight of our final nine games.”

A-State began the season with an 0-4 non-conference record before starting league play by running off six consecutive victories and completing the regular season by winning seven of its last eight contests.  In the process, the Red Wolves secured a winning record for the sixth consecutive season for the first time since 1912-17.

Arkansas State and UCF will meet for just the second time in school history, also playing during the 1991 season.  UCF claimed a 31-20 road victory in that game.  The Red Wolves are also set to play their first game against an American Athletic Conference member since facing Memphis in 2013.

Arkansas State fans are strongly encouraged to purchase tickets for the Cure Bowl through the A-State Ticket Office to directly support the Red Wolves’ bowl trip and to ensure they receive priority seating within the designated Arkansas State area.


2016-17 Bowl Schedule 

Dec. 17: Gildan New Mexico Bowl: New Mexico vs. UTSA

Dec. 17: Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl: San Diego State vs. Houston 

Dec. 17: AutoNation Cure Bowl: UCF vs. Arkansas State 

Dec. 17: Raycom Media Camellia Bowl: Toledo vs. Appalachian State 

Dec. 17: R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl: Southern Miss vs. Louisiana-Lafayette

Dec. 19: Miami Beach Bowl: Tulsa vs. Central Michigan

Dec. 20: Marmot Boca Raton Bowl: Memphis vs. Western Kentucky 

Dec. 21: San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl: Wyoming vs. BYU 

Dec. 22: Famous Idaho Potato Bowl: Idaho vs. Colorado State 

Dec. 23: Popeyes Bahamas Bowl: Eastern Michigan vs. Old Dominion

Dec. 23: Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl: Navy vs. Louisiana Tech 

Dec. 23: Dollar General Bowl: Ohio vs. Troy

Dec. 24: Hawaii Bowl: Middle Tennessee State vs. Hawaii

Dec. 26: St. Petersburg Bowl: Mississippi State vs. Miami, Ohio 

Dec. 26: Quick Lane Bowl: Boston College vs. Maryland 

Dec. 26: Camping World Independence Bowl: N.C. State vs. Vanderbilt

Dec. 27: Zaxby's Heart of Dallas Bowl: Army vs. North Texas 

Dec. 27: Military Bowl: Temple vs. Wake Forest

Dec. 27: National Funding Holiday Bowl: Minnesota

Dec. 27: Motel 6 Cactus Bowl: Baylor vs. Boise State  

Dec. 28: New Era Pinstripe Bowl: Pittsburgh vs. Northwestern

Dec. 28: Russell Athletic Bowl: Miami, Fla. vs. West Virginia 

Dec. 28: Foster Farms Bowl: Indiana vs. Utah

Dec. 28: AdvoCare V1000 Texas Bowl: Kansas State vs. Texas A&M

Dec. 29: Birmingham Bowl: South Florida vs. South Carolina

Dec. 29: Belk Bowl: Virginia Tech vs. Arkansas

Dec. 29: Valero Alamo Bowl: Oklahoma State vs. Colorado 

Dec. 30: AutoZone Liberty Bowl: TCU vs. Georgia

Dec. 30: Hyundai Sun Bowl: North Carolina vs. Stanford 

Dec. 30: Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl: Nebraska vs. Tennessee

Dec. 30: Nova Home Loans Arizona Bowl: Air Force vs. South Alabama

Dec. 31: Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl: Louisville vs. LSU 

Dec. 31: TaxSlayer Bowl: Georgia Tech vs. Kentucky

Jan. 2: Outback Bowl: Florida vs. Iowa  

New Year’s Day Six 

Dec. 30: Capital One Orange Bowl: Michigan vs. Florida State, 8 p.m. 

Jan. 2: Goodyear Cotton Bowl: Western Michigan vs. Wisconsin, 1 p.m. 

Jan. 2: Rose Bowl Game: USC vs. Penn State, 5 p.m. 

Jan. 2: Allstate Sugar Bowl: Auburn vs. Oklahoma, 8:30 p.m. 

Dec. 31: Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl (Playoff semifinal): Alabama vs. Washington, 3 p.m. 

Dec. 31: PlayStation Fiesta Bowl (Playoff semifinal): Ohio State vs. Clemson, 7 p.m.  

Jan. 9: College Football Championship Game: TBD