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AutoNation Cure Bowl

Cure Bowl

One year removed from a winless 2015 season, Central Florida will play in its former home stadium in the AutoNation Cure Bowl. Arkansas State started 0-4 but won the Sun Belt conference for the fifth time in six seasons. This is their first meeting since both schools joined the Football Bowl Subdivision.

Kickoff: Saturday, December 17 @ 5:30 p.m. ET
Location: Camping World Stadium, Orlando, Florida
Additional Read: Central Florida vs Arkansas State

AutoNation Cure Bowl Odds
TeamOpening Line
Central Florida-5.5
Arkansas State+5.5

Odds at Bovada

Team Records
Central FloridaAAC6-68-44-8
Arkansas StateSun Belt7-56-63-9

Bowl Game Name Matchup

Central Florida is essentially playing a home game, since Camping World Stadium (formerly the Citrus Bowl) is less than a half-hour drive from the campus. The Golden Knights are led by linebacker Shaquem Griffin, the AAC defensive player of the year who has 11 sacks and 85 total tackles.

The Golden Knights offense has a freshman quarterback, McKenzie Milton, and is prone to dry spells. Milton has passed for 1,808 yards. Tre'Quan Smith is a threat with 808 yards and five touchdowns. Freshman Jawon Hamilton has gradually taken over from senior Dontravious Wilson as the primary ball carrier.

The defense is having an outstanding year, ranking 10th in the country with only 5.9 yards per pass allowed and in the top 20 for sacks. Apart from Griffin, the entire linebacker and secondary corps are seniors and they make relatively few mistakes. Shaquill Griffin (Shaquem's twin) leads the team with 12 pass breakups.

Arkansas State is also solid defensively. Ja'Von Rolland-Jones is the Sun Belt's sack leader and the Red Wolves' 37 sacks is tied for 13th nationally. Seven of the starters are seniors and the Red Wolves are above average at containing the pass and the run.

Sophomore Justice Hansen has passed for 2,514 yards (8.01 per attempt) with 16 touchdowns and only eight interceptions. Running back Warren Wand has 1,145 rushing and receiving yards with 10 TD, but overall the Red Wolves are 102nd in the country (among 128 teams) in rushing.

Senior Kendall Sanders (426 yards, 4 TD) has been the Red Wolves' most productive receiver in the second half of the season. Tight end Blake Mack has a team-high 585 yards and poses a matchup problem with his size, but Sun Belt defenses were able to limit his impact for most of the conference season.

Cure Bowl Betting Trends
  • Arkansas State is 7-1 SU and 6-2 ATS in its last eight games.
  • The total has gone UNDER in eight of Arkansas State's last 10 games.
  • Arkansas State is 1-6 ATS in its last seven games against the AAC.
  • The total has gone UNDER in six of Central Florida's last eight games after a loss.
  • Central Florida is 7-3 ATS in its last 10 games.
  • Central Florida is 0-10 SU in its last 10 games against teams with winning records.

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AutoNation Cure Bowl Histroy
YearBowlTeamScoreTeamScoreSpreadATS WinnerSU Winner
2015AutoNation Cure BowlSan Jose State27Georgia State16+1San Jose StateSan Jose State
2016AutoNation Cure BowlUCF-Arkansas State-+5.5  
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