The Georgia Southern Eagles and the Buffalo Bulls have never played a college football game against each other. For the first time ever, these two will meet on December 27th in the Camellia Bowl in Montgomery, Alabama. Both of these teams come into this one looking to have a winning record on the season, as both enter the bowl game with a 6-6 record.
We’ll give you a brief preview of each team, and then we’ll give you our NCAA Football Bowl Betting prediction for the 2-22 Camellia Bowl.
Are the Georgia Southern Eagles Ready to Fly to a Bowl Victory?
Georgia Southern Eagles
The Eagles aren’t exactly coming into this one flying high. The losers of three of their last four needed a victory over Appalachian State in their final game to ensure a bowl berth. After a double-overtime victory, Georgia Southern clinched a bowl berth and ended up heading to Montgomery.
The head coach of the Eagles may have a familiar name. Clay Helton is in charge of the Eagles program. If that name rings a bell, it’s because he is the former head coach of the USC Trojans.
Buffalo will be looking across the line of scrimmage at another familiar face, as their former quarterback, Kyle Vantrease, is now the starting signal-caller at Georgia Southern. Vantrease has had an exceptional season, as he has thrown for over 3,900 yards with 25 touchdowns.
Vantrease has thrown 15 interceptions, so that could be an issue in this one. Buffalo has a very good secondary, so he will need to do a better job of protecting the football. With a talented group of receivers, Georgia Southern should be able to move the football through the air. We also can’t forget running back Jalen White.
White ran for 914 yards this season, and he’ll be going up against a defense that struggled to stop the run. Buffalo gave up over 175 yards per game on the ground this season.
Bulls quarterback Cole Snyder has also had a nice season. He threw for over 2,700 yards with 17 touchdowns. Buffalo has a very nice tandem of running backs, as Mike Washington and Ron Cook, Jr. had over a combined 1,200 yards on the ground with 11 touchdowns. The Bulls’ offense can score points as well, so we could see a lot of points put on the board.
We talked about Buffalo’s defense not being really strong, but Georgia Southern’s may be worse. They give up an average of 240 yards per game on the ground and over 250 per game in the air. Buffalo should be able to muster quite a bit of offense in this game.
Georgia Southern is favored to win the Camellia Bowl by 3.5 points. Both teams have very good offenses, along with suspect defenses. We figure to see a lot of points scored in this one, but is Southern 3.5 points better than Buffalo?
We see this one being a shootout, with the Georgia Southern Eagles flying to a 42-35 victory over the Buffalo Bulls, thus covering the spread and earning a Camellia Bowl win.