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Camellia Bowl

Camellia Bowl

For the second year in a row, the Appalachian State Mountaineers will appear in the Camellia Bowl and play what many believe was the second-best team from the Mid-American Conference in the Toledo Rockets. The Mountaineers shared the Sun Belt title while the Rockets were second in the MAC West behind the unbeaten Western Michigan Broncos. This pick’em matchup features two top running backs who could decide it.

Kickoff: Saturday, December 17 @ 5:30 p.m. ET
Location: Cramton Bowl, Montgomery, Alabama
Additional Read: Appalachian State vs Toledo Betting

2016 Camellia Bowl Odds
TeamOpening Line
Appalachian State-1

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Team Records
Appalachian StateSun Belt9-36-65-7

2016 Camellia Bowl Matchup

If this year’s Camellia Bowl is anything like the first two, college football fans and bettors will be in for a real treat. However, neither team has played many close games this season, with nine of Appalachian State’s 12 games decided by 14 points or more. Eight of Toledo’s 12 games were also decided by 14 or more.

In last year’s Camellia Bowl, the Mountaineers edged the Ohio Bobcats 31-29, with kicker Zach Matics kicking the game-winning 23-yard field goal as time expired. Ohio had gone ahead with a field goal 1:47 earlier in a back-and-forth affair that saw three lead changes in the fourth quarter alone. Two years ago, a 70-yard touchdown pass with 1:04 left decided it, as the Bowling Green Falcons topped the South Alabama Jaguars 33-28.

The Rockets will be playing in a bowl game for the third straight year and going for their third consecutive win, previously appearing in the Boca Raton Bowl (2015) and GoDaddy Bowl (2014). Neither of those games was close – they were decided by an average of 17.5 points – with Toledo easily covering the spread both times.

Coming off a 55-35 loss at Western Michigan as seven-point road underdogs, the Rockets hope to get back on track here behind running back Kareem Hunt, who rushed for 1,355 yards as a senior and also made 39 receptions for an additional 377 yards. Hunt’s best year, though, came as a sophomore when he rushed for 1,631 yards on 205 carries, averaging eight yards per tote while scoring 16 touchdowns.

Appalachian State running back Jalin Moore had nearly identical numbers this year with 1,367 rushing yards, although he is not the same kind of threat as a receiver. Moore did rush for more than 100 yards on fewer than 20 carries in four of the past five games, all straight-up wins with the Mountaineers going 2-2 against the spread.

2016 Camellia Bowl Betting Trends
  • Appalachian State is 8-1 SU in its last nine games.
  • Appalachian State is 1-3 ATS in its last four games.
  • Toledo is 7-0 SU in its last seven games after a loss.
  • Toledo is 19-7 ATS in its last 26 games.
  • The total has gone OVER in four of Appalachian State's last five against teams with winning records.
  • The total has gone UNDER in five of Toledo's last seven games in December.

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Camellia Bowl History
YearBowlTeamScoreTeamScoreSpreadATS WinnerSU Winner
2014Camellia BowlSouth Alabama28Bowling Green33+4Bowling GreenBowling Green
2015Camellia BowlOhio29Appalachian State31-7.5OhioAppalachian State
2016Camellia BowlToledo-Appalachian State--1  
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