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NCAA Bowl Previews 2015: Raycom Media Camellia Bowl

Game 4 of the day features an FBS Bowl newcomer, the Appalachian State Mountaineers, who are tasked with beating the Ohio Bobcats.Though


Game 4 of the day features an FBS Bowl newcomer, the Appalachian State Mountaineers, who are tasked with beating the Ohio Bobcats. Though App State were in the FBS last year – they finished 7-5 – this year was their first official year as an FBS school, and they had quite the year. They became the 2nd team ever to win 10 games in their first official year as an FBS school – Marshall did it in 1997 – winning 10 games this year and losing just 2. A big reason for the Mountaineers success is their ground game. They average 268.8 rushing yards per game (YPG) and most of that comes from the legs of Marcus Cox. The passing game isn’t too bad either. App State QB Taylor Lamb has led the Mountaineers spread system very well, passing for 2263 yards and finding the end zone 29 times, yet only throwing 8 interceptions. Cox and Lamb have the App State offense sitting 26th in the FBS in total offense and 18th in points per game (PPG), with 37.2. App State’s defense certainly isn’t too bad either, they allow just 18.3 PPG (13th) and have the best red zone defense in the FBS, allowing opponents to score just 62.5% of the time. Part of App State’s strong play on defense is thanks to FS Doug Middleton. Middleton is among NFL’s College Football 24/7 Top 200 seniors to watch and for good reason. For starters he’s versatile. He has started at both cornerback and safety for the mountaineers and he has shown he can play in the box or in single or two-deep coverage. Furthermore, his read/recognition skills are very impressive.  With a good game and an impressive showing in all-star games he could really boost his draft stock. It will also be worth watching DE Ronald Blair. The Bobcats are looking to return the bowl season with a victory having missed out on a bowl game last year – the first time for 6 seasons. The Bobcats rebounded from a 6-6 record last year with an 8-4 record this year. The Bobcats offense isn’t quite as explosive as the Mountaineers but it’s not exactly bad either. It is ranked 46th in the FBS, racking up 425 YPG. In terms of points per game though, the Bobcats only manage 27.4 PPG, which is tied for 75th in the FBS. Unfortunately for the Bobcats, the gap in offensive production continues on defense. The Bobcats allow 24.8 PPG (51st) and 374 YPG (49th), 157 of which come on the ground (54th). Ohio’s best senior prospect comes in the form of CB Ian Wells. This year for the Bobcats Wells started 11 games, turning in 10 passes defensed, 8 pass breakups and 2 interceptions. He also added a blocked field goal on special teams. His performance earned him a spot on the All-MAC second team. He projects to a 7th round pick or an undrafted free agent. If you want to watch this game, or any of the other bowl games, the complete bowl schedule can be found here, where you’ll be able to see how and when you can watch every game.  

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Remy Cabache

Lifetime sports fan. I have written with RealSport since the NFL section started and I have also written for my own blog, EbonyBird.com and I have had several articles published in local newspapers covering my local (American) football team.

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