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Bowl Picks: 2016 Camellia Bowl

[lead align=”default”]Your 2016 Camellia Bowl between Appalachian State and Toledo could be a hidden gem in this bowl season.[/lead]

Everyone to this day still remembers Appalachian State for what they did in 2007. That, of course, was the day they went to the Big House and beat the number five team in the country. Though it was nine years ago, that helped put the Mountaineers on the map and get them into FBS.

Toledo hasn’t recently had any seasons where it pulled one of the biggest upsets in history, but they’re pretty good. This entry from the MAC had a shot at winning the West Division, and for the last five years have been a contender to win the conference.

You might be surprised what you get out of this one. The books in Vegas agree.

2016 Camellia Bowl: Team Backgrounds

Appalachian State Mountaineers
Sun Belt Conference co-champions
9-3 (7-1 Sun Belt)
2nd bowl appearance in school history (1-0)
Best win: at Georgia Southern, 34-10 on October 27
Worst loss: vs. Miami (FL), 45-10 on September 17
One stat: #7 in the nation in scoring defense with 17 ppg allowed

Toledo Rockets
Mid-American Conference
9-3 (6-2 MAC)
16th bowl appearance in school history (10-5)
Best win: at Eastern Michigan, 35-20 on October 8
Worst loss: vs. Ohio, 31-26 on October 27
One stat: QB Logan Woodside is the MAC’s leading passer with 323.5 yards per game

2016 Camellia Bowl: The Edge

As the teams get better, it’s going to be harder and harder to find a “worst loss” for these teams. As such, neither one of their worst losses was all that bad. These are two good football teams, and they’re matches between offense and defense. App State is the defensive team, and Toledo is the offensive team.

This is the toughest of the five Saturday bowls to pick based on how even they are, or how even they appear to be.

2016 Camellia Bowl: Pick

[header text=”Through Week 14 ATS” subtext=”37-45-1″]

[alert heading=”Appalachian State vs. Toledo (-1)” type=”alert-info” block=”false” close=”false”]Toledo -1[/alert]

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