MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The Raycom Media Camellia Bowl has been set. The Georgia Southern Eagles will battle the Eastern Michigan Eagles in Cramton Bowl.
Georgia Southern represents the Sun Belt Conference and Eastern Michigan the Mid-American Conference.
“Two programs that are very new to the bowl business so we are hoping their fans get very excited about coming to Montgomery. That’s why we chose them. We think that they are a unique fit. Both have a unique history with their universities," said Raycom Media Camellia Bowl Executive Director Johnny Williams. "This will be the first time the two schools have ever played and that all goes in the process of who you pick for a game so we are very excited about this opportunity.”
The Eagles of Georgia Southern enter with a 9-3 record on the season, stumbling a bit after starting the season 7-1 with their only loss coming to No. 2 Clemson at the time. As of late, though, they’ve since righted things and enter on a two-game winning streak.
They have wins over Sun Belt powerhouse Arkansas State and the Sun Belt Conference Champion Appalachian State.
They average 31 points per game and are coached by Chad Lunsford.
The Eastern Michigan Eagles enter on a three-game winning streak led by head coach Chris Creighton.
Two of their three MAC Conference losses come by a combined 10 points. They lost by seven to MAC Championship game runner-up Buffalo, and lost by a field goal in a three-overtime duel to MAC Conference champion Northern Illinois.
The Eagles of Eastern Michigan carry in an impressive 20-19 win over Purdue who beat No. 6 Ohio State 49-20 back in October.
“I just encourage everyone locally to go to camelliabowl.com. We still have got a lot of good tickets left but they may not be there in the next few days. So go ahead, we need your local support. Come out and support the game like you have in the past, and we are just really excited to be a part of it,” said Williams.
The Camellia Bowl is set for Dec. 15 at 4:30 p.m. on ESPN.