MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - The bowl season matchups have been released and with that, includes the 2019 Camellia Bowl matchup.
Arkansas State and Florida International University are the two teams who will play in the sixth annual event.
The Camellia Bowl pits the MAC against the Sun Belt Conference and has never been decided by more than five points. The Sun Belt Conference leads the current series three games to two, including a 23-21 win by the Sun Belt’s Georgia Southern in last year’s game against Eastern Michigan.
“We are excited to bring Arkansas State and Florida International to Montgomery for this year’s Camellia Bowl,” said Johnny Williams, executive director of the Camellia Bowl. “We have had some tremendous matchups in the past. We welcome Arkansas State back to Montgomery, and FIU for the first time. We look forward to another exciting game.”
This will be Arkansas State’s second Camellia Bowl appearance and its ninth straight bowl appearance. The team is one of five bowl eligible teams for the Sun Belt Conference and finished second in the Western Division behind Louisiana.
“We’re excited about the opportunity to play in a bowl game for the ninth straight year,” said A-State head coach Blake Anderson. “The Camellia Bowl offers a great experience for our players and the hospitality shown by Montgomery is fantastic. We’re looking forward to getting back on the field for another game with the opportunity to finish our season strong.”
FIU is making its third straight bowl appearance and fifth in program history. It is one of eight bowl eligible teams from Conference USA.
“We’re thrilled for our team to play in the Camellia Bowl – which is a school-record third straight bowl game – and get the chance for our team to cap the season on a high note,” FIU head coach Butch Davis said. “Arkansas State has a great football program and are led by a coach that I have a tremendous amount of respect for.”
The 2019 Camellia Bowl will kick off at 4:30 p.m. Dec. 21 from historic Cramton Bowl. The game will be televised on ESPN.