They won the 2015 Camellia Bowl in their first year of FBS eligibility, and now the Appalachian State Mountaineers (9-3 SU, 6-6 ATS) are getting ready to do it again. The Sun Belt co-champions are 1-point underdogs for Saturday’s Camellia Bowl tilt with the Toledo Rockets (9-3 SU, 7-5 ATS), kicking off from the Cramton Bowl stadium in Montgomery, Alabama at 5:30 PM ET on ESPN.
The Mountaineers made a name for themselves as the top program in the FCS, and they’ve proven themselves capable of playing quality football at the FBS level – even if they’re in the Sun Belt. The Rockets are another solid team from a weak conference, finishing second in the MAC West under first-year head coach Jason Candle. They’ll bring the offense to Montgomery; App State will supply the defense, with a slight edge in special teams.
This will be a reunion of sorts for Candle and Mountaineers coach Scott Satterfield. They worked together in Toledo under Tim Beckman during the 2009 campaign, Candle as wide receivers coach and Satterfield as QB coach/passing game coordinator. Saturday’s forecast for Montgomery calls for a 55% chance of rain with gusts of wind and a high of 74.