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The Camellia Bowl is an annual National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) sanctioned FBS college football bowl game played in Montgomery, Alabama, at the Cramton Bowl.[4][5] The game features teams from the Sun Belt Conference and the Mid-American Conference (MAC).[4][5] Announced in August 2013 and first played in December 2014, the game is owned and managed by ESPN Regional Television (a subsidiary of ESPN).

Camellia Bowl
Raycom Media Camellia Bowl
Raycom Media Camellia Bowl logo.svg
StadiumCramton Bowl (25,000)
LocationMontgomery, Alabama
Operated2014–present
Conference tie-insMAC, Sun Belt
PayoutUS$100,000 (as of 2015)[1]
Sponsors
Raycom Media (2014–2018)[2]
2018 matchup
Georgia Southern vs. Eastern Michigan
(Georgia Southern 23–21)
2019 matchup
MAC vs. Sun Belt[3] (December 21, 2019)

SponsorshipEdit

Since its inception, the game had been sponsored by Raycom Media, a major owner of television stations in the southeastern United States with heavy involvement in college sports broadcasting, and was officially known as the Raycom Media Camellia Bowl. In June 2018, Gray Television announced its intent to acquire Raycom;[6][7] the acquisition was completed in January 2019.[8] Sponsorship of the Camellia Bowl for its 2019 edition and beyond is unclear.

Game resultsEdit

Date Winning Team Losing Team Attendance Notes
December 20, 2014 Bowling Green 33 South Alabama 28 20,256 notes
December 19, 2015 Appalachian State 31 Ohio 29 21,395 notes
December 17, 2016 Appalachian State 31 Toledo 28 20,300 notes
December 16, 2017 Middle Tennessee 35 Arkansas State 30 20,612 notes
December 15, 2018 Georgia Southern 23 Eastern Michigan 21 17,710 notes

MVPsEdit

Year MVP Team Position
2014 James Knapke Bowling Green QB
2015 Marcus Cox Appalachian State RB
2016 Taylor Lamb Appalachian State QB
2017 Darius Harris Middle Tennessee OLB
2018 Shai Werts Georgia Southern QB

Most appearancesEdit

Updated through the December 2018 edition (5 games, 10 total appearances).

Teams with multiple appearances
Rank Team Appearances Record
1 Appalachian State 2 2–0
Teams with a single appearance

Won: Bowling Green, Georgia Southern, Middle Tennessee
Lost: Arkansas State, Eastern Michigan, Ohio, South Alabama, Toledo

Appearances by conferenceEdit

Updated through the December 2018 edition (5 games, 10 total appearances).

Conference Record Appearances by season
Games W L Win pct. Won Lost
Sun Belt 5 3 2 0.600 2015, 2016, 2018 2014, 2017
MAC 4 1 3 0.250 2014 2015, 2016, 2018
C-USA 1 1 0 1.000 2017  

Media coverageEdit

TelevisionEdit

Date Network Play-by-play announcers Color commentators Sideline reporters
2014 ESPN Dave Lamont Joey Galloway Paul Carcaterra
2015 ESPN Dave Neal Anthony Becht Paul Carcaterra
2016 ESPN Eamon McAnaney John Congemi Lauren Sisler
2017 ESPN Taylor Zarzour Andre Ware Olivia Dekker
2018 ESPN Mike Corey Rene Ingoglia Lauren Sisler

RadioEdit

Date Network Play-by-play announcers Color commentators Sideline reporters
2014 ESPN Radio Jason Benetti Gene Chizik Niki Noto
2015 ESPN Radio Marc Kestecher Cole Cubelic Dawn Davenport
2016 ESPN Radio John Brickley Mike Golic, Jr.
2017 ESPN Radio John Brickley Brad Edwards
2018 ESPN Radio Jay Alter Ben Hartsock

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://www.statisticbrain.com/college-bowl-game-payouts/
  2. ^ "2014 Event Sponsors". ESPN Internet Ventures. Archived from the original on July 6, 2014. Retrieved July 6, 2014.
  3. ^ "ESPN Events Reveals 2019-20 Bowl Season Slate". ESPN (Press release). May 23, 2019. Retrieved May 24, 2019.
  4. ^ a b Poe, Janita (August 19, 2013). "Montgomery unveils Alabama's 3rd college bowl, inaugural game set for December 2014". AL.com. Retrieved August 20, 2013.
  5. ^ a b McMurphy, Brett (August 19, 2013). "Bowl created for MAC, Sun Belt". ESPN.com. Retrieved August 20, 2013.
  6. ^ Hufford, Austen (2018-06-25). "Gray TV to Buy Raycom in $3.65 Billion Deal". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 2018-06-25.
  7. ^ Hayes, Dade (2018-06-25). "Gray Acquiring Raycom For $3.65B, Forming No. 3 Local TV Group". Deadline. Retrieved 2018-06-25.
  8. ^ "Gray Completes Acquisitions for Raycom Media and Related Transactions", Gray Television, 2 January 2019, Retrieved 2 January 2019.

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