Camellia Bowl Betting Preview: South Alabama vs. Bowling Green

South Alabama Jaguars (-3, 53 o/u) vs. Bowling Green Falcons 

This year’s Raycom Media Camellia Bowl will have the South Alabama Jaguars (6-6, 5-3 Sun Belt) clashing with the Bowling Green Falcons (7-6, 5-3 MAC) on Saturday, December 20, at the Cramton Bowl in Montgomery, Alabama (9:15 p.m. Eastern).

The Jaguars barely made it to the post-season, finishing the season at .500 and losing four of the last five games.  They don’t do anything particularly well, boasting the 100th-ranked passing offense and the 48th-ranked rushing game. On average, South Alabama allows more points than it scores (22.1 to 25.8).

The Falcons have a 7-6 record on the season and got off to a good start, winning seven of their first ten. However, like South Alabama, Bowling Green struggled late, losing its last three games.  The strong start was enough to earn Bowling Green a spot in the MAC title game, but they laid an egg against Northern Illinois, losing 51-17 and failing to cover the seven-point spread.

Like the Jaguars, the Falcons also give up more points than they score (29.8 versus 33.9), and don’t rank in the top-40 in either passing or running.

These two non-traditional football schools will be coming to the game without much information on the other.

“Obviously we don’t know that much about them — we’ll be looking at film here real soon — but I know traditionally they’ve been a real good program and we have a lot of respect for Bowling Green,” South Alabama head coach Joey Jones said of Bowling Green.

“They’ve got a lot of tradition; they sure do. I’m excited. I think that’s a good matchup. It’s a good opponent. … Most of our coaches are out recruiting this week, but we’ll start taking a look at them soon. It’s a little more exciting when you know who you’re going to play.”

Bowling Green is 4-6 in bowl games all-time, but have lost the last three in a row.  This is the first-ever bowl appearance for South Alabama; the Jaguars, however, are three-point favorites at the moment, largely due to the fact that the game is in Alabama.

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Frank Lorenzo

MTS co-founder Frank “Let It Ride” Lorenzo has been betting on sports since he was legally allowed to do so. (Did he do so before then, too? No comment.) He enjoys very strong coffee, neon lights, and passing on his wealth of betting knowledge to anyone who will listen.