2018 Camellia Bowl: Teams, Facts, and Pick
Alabama’s state flower: bowl edition.
The state of Alabama provides us with the 2018 Camellia Bowl, one of several bowl games taking place on December 15.
Here, we will see the Eastern Michigan Eagles out of the MAC take on the Georgia Southern Eagles, an entry out of the Sun Belt. There might not be a high payout for this game, but getting to play in a 13th game is always a good thing. For Georgia Southern, it means a chance at picking up a tenth win.
See here who we think ends up winning this bowl game and doing their school proud.
2018 Camellia Bowl: This Year’s Bowl Info
|Saturday, December 15, 2018, 5:30pm ET (2:30pm PT)|
|Cramton Bowl, Montgomery, Alabama|
|Broadcast on ESPN|
|$250,000 payout (Link: College Football Poll)|
|Georgia Southern is a 1-point favorite|
2018 Camellia Bowl: Eastern Michigan Eagles
|7-5 (5-3 MAC); 2nd in MAC West|
|Best Win: Purdue|
|Offensive Ranks (out of 130): Scoring Offense 76th, Total Offense 90th, Rushing Offense 94th, 3rd Downs 121st, Time of Possession 48th, Turnover Margin T-10th, Sacks Allowed T-121st, Red Zone 113th|
|Defensive Ranks (out of 130): Scoring Defense T-32nd, Total Defense 35th, Rushing Defense 93rd, Opponent 3rd Downs 57th, Sacks Per Game T-60th, TFL Per Game T-60th, Interceptions T-28th, Opponent Red Zone 4th|
|Special Teams Ranks (out of 130): Field Goal Kicking T-114th, Punts Per Game T-33rd|
2018 Camellia Bowl: Georgia Southern Eagles
|9-3 (6-2 Sun Belt); 3rd in Sun Belt East|
|Best Win: Appalachian State|
|Offensive Ranks (out of 130): Scoring Offense 50th, Total Offense 115th, Rushing Offense 9th, 3rd Downs 65th, Time of Possession 31st, Turnover Margin 1st, Sacks Allowed T-26th, Red Zone 5th|
|Defensive Ranks (out of 130): Scoring Defense 27th, Total Defense 44th, Rushing Defense 43rd, Opponent 3rd Downs 65th, Sacks Per Game T-67th, TFL Per Game T-98th, Interceptions T-14th, Opponent Red Zone 96th|
|Special Teams Ranks (out of 130): Field Goal Kicking T-5th, Punts Per Game T-59th|
2018 Camellia Bowl: Head-to-Head
This will be the first all-time meeting between Eastern Michigan and Georgia Southern. (Link: Winsipedia)
2018 Camellia Bowl: Most Likely Standout Player
Kyle Rachwal, LB, Eastern Michigan. Taking a look through the trends of the two teams heading into this bowl game, defenses are likely to reign. The best defensive player on the team may well be Kyle Rachwal, a senior linebacker for the EMU Eagles. He is sixth in tackles in the MAC with 115, far and away leading his own team. Rachwal also picked up a handful of tackles for a loss and even intercepted two passes this season. Should it be a more defensive struggle as the numbers indicate, Eastern Michigan needs Rachwal to help lead on their side of the field. Expect that he will rack up a number of tackles during the game.
2018 Camellia Bowl: Pick
When entering a contest that figures to be lighter on offense (and there is supposedly a MAC team involved; the nerve), things get tricky. In a low-scoring contest, one touchdown or field goal can make all the difference. This has all the markings of a game that could be played in the teens or 20s for both teams.
Georgia Southern is a run-heavy offensive team, but it just so happens that Eastern Michigan is not great at defending it. Rachwal probably gets to come up and make a bunch of tackles as the Georgia Southern run game attacks their front seven. Those particular Eagles from Statesboro, Georgia will gnaw on clock and reduce the number of possessions for Eastern Michigan. The Ypsilanti, Michigan Eagles punt a lot and expect more of the same in the 2018 Camellia Bowl.
Both of these teams are adept at creating takeaways, but both also control their own turnovers. Georgia Southern has the best margin in the country at plus-22, having only turned the ball over five times all season. All of them were fumbles as opposed to interceptions, so one might think Eastern Michigan needs to add to their 11 fumbles gained this year and go after the football to give themselves a chance. That is going to be a difficult task.
The better team on paper is Georgia Southern, but we’ll soon see if paper football games are transferrable onto the field.
Pick: Georgia Southern