4 Sun Belt Football Programs going bowling
Published 11:01 am Monday, December 6, 2021
Four Sun Belt teams will participate in Bowl Season following a historic 2021 campaign that saw three team accumulate double-digit wins during the regular season for the first time in conference history.
Coastal Carolina (10-2, 6-2 Sun Belt) is headed to the Tailgreeter Cure Bowl for its second-ever bowl appearance and will be in search of its first-ever bowl victory. The Chanticleers will square off against MAC champion Northern Illinois (9-4, 6-2 MAC) at 5:00 p.m. CT on Friday, Dec. 17, in Orlando, Fla., with the game being nationally broadcast on ESPN2.
App State (10-3, 7-1 Sun Belt) will make its seventh-straight bowl appearance and will attempt to make it seven-straight bowl victories in the RoofClaim.com Boca Raton Bowl. The Sun Belt East Division champion Mountaineers will take on Conference USA East Division champion Western Kentucky (8-5, 7-1 Conference USA) at 10:00 a.m. CT on Saturday, Dec. 18, in Boca Raton, Fla.
Louisiana (12-1, 8-0 Sun Belt), which defeated App State, 24-16, in Saturday’s Hercules Tires Sun Belt Football Championship Game, is bound for its fourth-straight bowl game in the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl. The Sun Belt champion Ragin’ Cajuns will face future conference foe Marshall (7-5, 5-3 Conference USA) at 8:15 p.m. CT on Saturday, Dec. 18, in New Orleans, La.
Georgia State (7-5, 6-2 Sun Belt) will round out the Sun Belt’s postseason lineup, with its third-straight and fifth all-time bowl appearance coming in the TaxAct Camellia Bowl. The Panthers will match up against Ball State (6-6, 4-4 MAC) at 1:30 p.m. CT on Saturday, Dec. 25, in Montgomery, Ala.
The RoofClaim.com Boca Raton Bowl, R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl and TaxAct Camellia Bowl will each be broadcast nationwide on ESPN.
The Sun Belt has won 69 percent of its bowl games over the past five seasons—including 4-of-5 a year ago—to lead all FBS conferences.
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