Arkansas State to play in 2017 Camellia Bowl

Red Wolves fans celebrate win over Louisiana-Lafayette (KATV photo)

Arkansas State will play Middle Tennessee in the Camellia Bowl in Montgomery, Alabama.

There are only 13 days until kickoff. The game will be played Saturday, December 16 at Montgomery's Cramton Bowl. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. ESPN will televise the game.

The bowl, taking place for the fourth time, typically matches members of the Sun Belt and Mid-American conferences. Old Sun Belt rival Middle Tennessee, however, now plays in Conference USA. The Raiders (6-6, 4-4) are bowl eligible for the sixth straight year. The highlight of their season may have come in their second game, a 30-23 win at Syracuse.

“We’re excited to have received and accepted an invitation to play in the Raycom Media Camellia Bowl,” A-State Director of Athletics Terry Mohajir said in a statement. “This is another opportunity for our team to play in prime time in front of a national television audience on ESPN, while also giving our fans a chance to travel to an outstanding bowl game to show the country how A-State nation supports our program.”

In Saturday's de facto Sun Belt Championship Game against Troy, Arkansas State (7-4, 6-2 Sun Belt) was 1:23 away from its sixth league title in seven years. Christian Booker caught a 39-yard touchdown to put the Red Wolves ahead 25-24. The Trojans promptly drove 72 yards and scored the game-winning touchdown with 17 seconds left.

"We are excited to play in the Raycom Media Camellia Bowl and give our team another great bowl experience,” said A-State head coach Blake Anderson. “We are looking forward to competing for our eighth win, the opportunity to gain some momentum going into next season and celebrating our senior class.”

This marks the Red Wolves' seventh straight year of postseason play. Stay with KATV for full coverage.

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