When: Saturday, December 23, 7 p.m. ET (ESPN)
Where: Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Mobile, AL
Who: Appalachian State Mountaineers vs. Toledo Rockets
Appalachian State started this year with incredibly high hopes. The Mountaineers were just 16 to 1 to represent the Group of Five in the New Year's Six, and had they beaten Georgia to kick off the year, they would have probably been ranked in the Top 25.
Alas, a team that had 20 returning starters from a year ago and has the most experienced starting quarterback in the FBS flamed out with four losses. Losing to Georgia was one thing, and Wake Forest ended up being a lot better than most expected. But to get beaten by Massachusetts and Louisiana Monroe was unexpected.
Still, Taylor Lamb and company had some big games against the likes of ULL (63 points) and New Mexico State (45 points), and there could reasonably be an upset brewing.
Toledo, though, was the best team in the MAC by far, and for our money, it should have finished the season in the Top 25. The Rockets ranked No. 8 in the country in total offense, and their only losses this year came against Miami and Ohio.
Consider this a bit of an audition for coach Jason Candle. We've already seen Matt Campbell make the jump from Toledo to Iowa State and have success. Candle could be the next man scooped up by a middling Big Ten or Big XII school after racking up 20 wins in the last two seasons and the MAC title this year. A win in the Dollar General Bowl, especially one that comes in impressive fashion, could be a huge boost to Candle's coaching stock.
Opening Line: Toledo -8
Preview: A high scoring game is expected in the Dollar General Bowl on Saturday, December 23 on ESPN, as the Appalachian State Mountaineers take on the Toledo Rockets. The Mountaineers are 8-4 and co-champions of the Sun Belt Conference, while the Rockets are 11-2 and champs of the Mid-American Conference. The Mountaineers average just over 33 points per game, while the Rockets average more than 39 points per contest. Both teams have potent passing attacks, as Appalachian State quarterback Taylor Lamb threw 27 TD passes, while Toledo quarterback Logan Woodside threw 28 TD passes. Continue...
One of the most competitive college bowl games of the year will storm threw Mobile Alabama on December 23, 2017 at 7:00 pm ET and covered by ESPN.
Each year, the most successful college football teams in the country are awarded by being invited to play in one of various college bowl games. These bowl games are full of tradition and often come with very exciting football betting matchups.
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Established in 1999 by the City of Mobile, Alabama, this was originally known as the Mobile Bowl. GMAC took over sponsorship in 2001 and renamed it. In 2014 GMAC last it's sponsorship and Godday.com took it over as the formal sponsor, not shortly after in 2016 Dollor General bcame the new bowl sponsor.
The first game played between teams representing different colleges or universities was played on November 6, 1869 between Rutgers University and Princeton University, at College Field (now the site of the College Avenue Gymnasium), New Brunswick, New Jersey. Rutgers won, by a score of 6 to 4. As the score would indicate, the game bore little resemblance to the game of today.
The rules of that game were the 1863 rules of the English Football Association, the basis of the modern form of soccer. bowl game that has been played annually at 40,646-seat Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Alabama Mobile is a city located in Mobile County, Alabama. As of the 2000 census, the population of the city is 198,915.
Mobile is the center of Alabama's Second Largest Metropolitan Area (which consists of Mobile and Baldwin Counties) and Metropolitan Mobile has a population of 551,178. Its name derived from the presence of the Mobile (Mauvile or Maubila) Indians in the area at the time of founding. (See Mobilian.) The city is the county seat of Mobile County, since 1999.
It pits teams from the Mid-American Conference. The Mid-American Conference is a College Athletic Conference whose members are located mainly in the Mid United States; nine of the schools are in Ohio and Michigan alone. The conference participates in the NCAA's Division I-A.
The combination of long experience and successful history of Ladd-Peebles Stadium, joined with the excitement and talent of major college football is a tremendous asset to Mobile and the Gulf Coast region. Ladd-Peebles Stadium has been the centerpiece of sports in Mobile since 1948. It all began on October 2, 1948 when the University of Alabama battled Vanderbilt to a 14-14 tie.
First known as Ernest F. Ladd Memorial Stadium, the stadium was originally financed by local interests and without public tax money. The project was a joint effort by civic leaders and public officials. Chairman of the undertaking was J. Finley McRae, President of Merchants National Bank. His vision was to build the Stadium as a permanent memorial to his mentor, Ernest F. Ladd. Mr. Ladd was his predecessor as Bank President and had passed away in 1941.
In 1997 the stadium was renamed Ladd-Peebles Stadium to honor E. B. Peebles, Jr. Mr. Peebles is a civic leader credited with revitalizing the Senior Bowl. Since the Alabama-Vanderbilt game over 50 years ago, Ladd-Peebles Stadium has been the home to Mobile's major outdoor events. National celebrities such as Ed Sullivan and Mobile-native Jimmy Buffet have performed in front of thousands inside the stadium while festivals, high school graduations, marching band expositions, circuses, car shows, boxing matches and concerts have all taken place on the grounds. In 1999 the stadium began to host a NCAA sanctioned Bowl game.
Now known as the GMAC Bowl, it features teams from Conference USA and the Mid American Conference. It has rapidly risen to national prominence and in 2004 was the 6th rated Bowl according to Fox Sports. In 2004 the stadium became the new home of the Pioneer Bowl. The game was founded in 1998 and features teams from the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association.
|Date played||Winning Team||Score||Losing Team||Score|
|5 Jan. 2014||Arkansas State||23||Ball State||20|
|6 Jan. 2013||Arkansas State||17||Kent State||13|
|8 Jan. 2012||Northern Illinois||38||Arkansas State||20|
|6 Jan. 2011||Miami (OH)||35||Middle Tennessee||21|
|6 Jan. 2010||Central Michigan||44||Troy||41|
|6 Jan. 2009||Tulsa||45||Ball State||13|
|6 Jan. 2008||Tulsa||63||Bowling Green||7|
|7 Jan. 2007||Southern Miss||28||Ohio||7|
|21 Dec. 2005||Toledo||45||UTEP||13|
|22 Dec. 2004||Bowling Green||52||Memphis||35|
|18 Dec. 2003||Miami (Ohio)||49||Louisville||28|
|18 Dec. 2002||Marshall||38||Louisville||15|
|19 Dec. 2001||Marshall||64||East Carolina||61|
|20 Dec. 2000||Southern Miss||28||TCU||21|
|22 Dec. 1999||TCU||28||East Carolina||14|
|BOWL||DATE||TIME / TV||LOCATION||MATCHUP|
|CELEBRATION BOWL||Dec. 16, 2017||12 p.m. ET on ABC||Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia||North Carolina A&T vs Grambling State|
|NEW ORLEANS BOWL||Dec. 16, 2017||1 p.m. ET on ESPN||Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana||Troy vs North Texas|
|CURE BOWL||Dec. 16, 2017||2:30 p.m. ET on CBS||Camping World Stadium, Orlando, Florida||Georgia State vs Western Kentucky|
|LAS VEGAS BOWL||Dec. 16, 2017||3:30 p.m. ET on ABC||Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas, Nevada||Oregon vs No. 25 Boise State|
|NEW MEXICO BOWL||Dec. 16, 2017||4:30 p.m. ET on ESPN||Dreamstyle Stadium, Albuquerque, NM||Marshall vs Colorado State|
|CAMELLIA BOWL||Dec. 16, 2017||8 p.m. ET on ESPN||Cramton Bowl, Montgomery, Alabama||Middle Tennessee vs Arkansas State|
|BOCA RATON BOWL||Dec. 19, 2017||7 p.m. ET on ESPN||FAU Stadium, Boca Raton, Florida||Akron vs Florida Atlantic|
|FRISCO BOWL||Dec. 20, 2017||8 p.m. ET on ESPN||Toyota Stadium, Frisco, Texas||SMU vs Louisiana Tech|
|GASPARILLA BOWL||Dec. 21, 2017||8 p.m. ET on ESPN||Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida||Temple vs Florida International|
|BAHAMAS BOWL||Dec. 22, 2017||12:30 p.m. ET on ESPN||Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium, Nassau, Bahamas||UAB vs Ohio|
|FAMOUS IDAHO POTATO BOWL||Dec. 22, 2017||4 p.m. ET on ESPN||Lyle Smith Field at Albertsons Stadium, Boise, Idaho||Wyoming vs Central Michigan|
|BIRMINGHAM BOWL||Dec. 23, 2017||12 p.m. ET on ESPN||Legion Field, Birmingham, Alabama||Texas Tech vs South Florida|
|ARMED FORCES BOWL||Dec. 23, 2017||3:30 p.m. ET on ESPN||Amon G. Carter Stadium, Fort Worth, Texas||Army vs San Diego State|
|DOLLAR GENERAL BOWL||Dec. 23, 2017||7 p.m. ET on ESPN||Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Mobile, Alabama||Appalachian State vs Toledo|
|HAWAI'I BOWL||Dec. 24, 2017||8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN||Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawai'i||Fresno State vs Houston|
|HEART OF DALLAS BOWL||Dec. 26, 2017||1:20 p.m. ET on ESPN||Cotton Bowl, Dallas, Texas||Utah vs West Virginia|
|QUICK LANE BOWL||Dec. 26, 2017||5:15 p.m. ET on ESPN||Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan||Duke vs Northern Illinois|
|CACTUS BOWL||Dec. 26, 2017||10 p.m. ET on ESPN||Chase Field, Phoenix, Arizona||Kansas State vs UCLA|
|INDEPENDENCE BOWL||Dec. 27, 2017||1:30 p.m. ET on ESPN||Independence Stadium, Shreveport, Louisiana||Florida State vs Southern Miss|
|PINSTRIPE BOWL||Dec. 27, 2017||5:15 p.m. ET on ESPN||Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York||Boston College vs Iowa|
|FOSTER FARMS BOWL||Dec. 27, 2017||8:30 p.m. ET on FOX||Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, California||Arizona vs Purdue|
|TEXAS BOWL||Dec. 27, 2017||9 p.m. ET on ESPN||NRG Stadium, Houston, Texas||Texas vs Missouri|
|MILITARY BOWL||Dec. 28, 2017||1:30 p.m. ET on ESPN||Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, Maryland||Virginia vs Navy|
|CAMPING WORLD BOWL||Dec. 28, 2017||5:15 p.m. ET on ESPN||Camping World Stadium, Orlando, Florida||Oklahoma State vs Virginia Tech|
|ALAMO BOWL||Dec. 28, 2017||9 p.m. ET on ESPN||Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas||Stanford vs TCU|
|HOLIDAY BOWL||Dec. 28, 2017||9 p.m. ET on FOX||Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California||Michigan State vs Washington State|
|BELK BOWL||Dec. 29, 2017||1 p.m. ET on ESPN||Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina||Wake Forest vs Texas A&M|
|SUN BOWL||Dec. 29, 2017||2 p.m. ET on CBS||Sun Bowl, El Paso, Texas||NC State vs Arizona State|
|MUSIC CITY BOWL||Dec. 29, 2017||4:30 p.m. ET on ESPN||Nissan Stadium, Nashville, Tennessee||Kentucky vs Northwestern|
|ARIZONA BOWL||Dec. 29, 2017||5:30 p.m. ET on CBS||Arizona Stadium, Tucson, Arizona||Utah State vs New Mexico State|
|COTTON BOWL CLASSIC||Dec. 29, 2017||8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN||AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas||USC vs Ohio State|
|TAXSLAYER BOWL||Dec. 30, 2017||12 p.m. ET||EverBank Field, Jacksonville, Florida||Louisville vs Mississippi State|
|LIBERTY BOWL||Dec. 30, 2017||12:30 p.m. ET on ABC||Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, Memphis, Tennessee||Iowa State vs Memphis|
|FIESTA BOWL||Dec. 30, 2017||4 p.m. ET on ESPN||University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona||Washington vs Penn State|
|ORANGE BOWL||Dec. 30, 2017||8 p.m. ET on ESPN||Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida||Wisconsin vs Miami|
|OUTBACK BOWL||Jan. 1, 2018||12 p.m. ET on ESPN2||Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida||Michigan vs South Carolina|
|PEACH BOWL||Jan. 1, 2018||12:30 p.m. ET on ESPN||Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia||Auburn vs UCF|
|CITRUS BOWL||Jan. 1, 2018||1 p.m. ET on ABC||Camping World Stadium, Orlando, Florida||Notre Dame vs LSU|
|ROSE BOWL (CFP SEMIFINAL)||Jan. 1, 2018||5 p.m. ET on ESPN||Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California||No. 2 Oklahoma vs No. 3 Georgia|
|SUGAR BOWL (CFP SEMIFINAL)||Jan. 1, 2018||8:45 p.m. ET on ESPN||Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana||No. 1 Clemson vs No. 4 Alabama|
|NCAA FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP||Jan. 8, 2018||8 p.m. ET on ESPN||Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia||TBD vs TBD|
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