When: Thursday, December 21, 8 p.m. ET (ESPN)
Where: Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, FL
Who: Temple Owls vs. Florida International Golden Panthers
Butch Jones took over an embattled FIU football program this year and immediately brought it back to a bowl game. A win in the Gasparilla Bowl will give the Golden Panthers a school-record nine victories this season.
The team was overmatched by UCF to kick off the season, and games against FAU and Middle Tennessee were suspect as well. That said, the Golden Panthers ended their campaign scoring 104 points in games against UMass and Western Kentucky combined, a sure sign that this offense is ready to take on one of the middling teams from a good AAC in Temple.
Frank Nutile was stuck on the bench for the Owls for much of the season, but when he took over, this offense started to really take off.
Temple seemed destined to miss a bowl game this year when it opened up at just 2-3 and 3-5, but the club rallied for wins over Navy, Cincinnati and Tulsa at the end of the campaign to get into a bowl game at 6-6.
The Owls, though, were bad against bowl teams this year, losing to Notre Dame by 33, South Florida by 36, Houston by seven and UCF by 26. The only victory over a strong bowl team was the upset of Navy.
FIU has only won one bowl game in its history, the 2010 Little Caesars Bowl. Temple has actually only won one bowl game since 1979, that coming in the 2011 New Mexico Bowl. Over the course of the last two seasons, the Owls finished off 10-win campaigns with losses in bowl games.
Opening Line: Temple -7
Preview: The Florida International Panthers went 8-4 this season, but they are not getting much respect from the oddsmakers, as they are a touchdown underdog against the Temple Owls in the Gasparilla Bowl on Thursday, December 21 in St. Petersburg, Florida on ESPN. Florida International tied their school record for most wins in a season with eight, while Temple won three of their last four games to finish at 6-6 and become bowl eligible. This will be the first meeting between FIU and Temple. Continue...
College football betting fans at Tropicana Field will be wowed by the magnificent play of the collegiate athletes partaking in the contest.
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|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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