Georgia Southern will make a return to bowl season for the first time since 2015 as the Eagles found out Sunday that they are headed to the Raycom Media Camellia Bowl in Montgomery, Ala.
The Eagles (9-3) will face another group of Eagles in the Dec. 15 contest as their opponent will be Eastern Michigan (7-5) out of the Mid-American Conference. Georgia Southern’s only previous bowl appearance also came against a MAC team as the Eagles stormed past 2015 MAC champion Bowling Green in the GoDaddy Bowl.
“It’s an honor and a blessing to be able to play in the Raycom Media Camellia Bowl,” GS coach Chad Lunsford said. “A bowl game is hard to get to and it’s a reward for our players, staff and fans. We’ve had a great season, but to be able to have the opportunity to pick up a 10th win against a great opponent in Eastern Michigan is something we won’t take lightly.”
Georgia Southern is one of five Sun Belt Conference teams heading to the postseason. An official statement by the conference on Sunday placed Sun Belt champion Appalachian State in the New Orleans Bowl against Middle Tennessee State (Conference USA), Louisiana in the Cure Bowl against Tulane (American), Troy in the Dollar General Bowl against Buffalo (MAC) and Arkansas State in the Arizona Bowl against Nevada (Mountain West).
Eagle players will be pulling double duty this week as they begin to prepare for Eastern Michigan while also taking their final exams for fall semester classes. Georgia Southern will ship out to Montgomery on Tuesday, Dec. 11 where the team will continue to practice while also taking part in multiple events hosted by the Camellia Bowl and the city of Montgomery.
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