Georgia Southern-Buffalo to meet in Camellia Bowl on Dec. 27

December 4, 2022 GMT
FILE - Georgia Southern head coach Clay Helton enters the field with his team before an NCAA football game against Louisiana Lafayette on Nov. 10, 2022, in Lafayette, La. Georgia Southern and Buffalo will play in the Camellia Bowl on Dec. 27, 2022. (AP Photo/Matthew Hinton, File)
FILE - Georgia Southern head coach Clay Helton enters the field with his team before an NCAA football game against Louisiana Lafayette on Nov. 10, 2022, in Lafayette, La. Georgia Southern and Buffalo will play in the Camellia Bowl on Dec. 27, 2022. (AP Photo/Matthew Hinton, File)

Georgia Southern (6-6, Sun Belt) vs Buffalo (6-6, Mid-American), Dec. 27, noon EST, ESPN

LOCATION: Montgomery, Alabama

TOP PLAYERS

Georgia Southern: LB Marques Watson-Trent, 105 tackles, 4.5 TFLs, 1 forced fumble.

Buffalo: LB Shaun Dolac, first-team All-MAC, 134 tackles, 4.5 sacks, 12.5 TFLs, 2 forced fumbles, 7 pass breakups.

NOTABLE

Both teams won in their previous Camellia Bowl appearances and became bowl eligible with down-to-the-wire regular-season ending victories. Georgia Southern beat Nebraska 45-42 on Sept. 10 under former USC coach Clay Helton. Buffalo rebounded from an 0-3 start. Georgia Southern QB Kyle Vantrease played for Buffalo from 2017-21 and started in the team’s Camellia Bowl appearance.

LAST TIME

First meeting.

BOWL HISTORY

Georgia Southern: 3-1 in bowls; won Camellia Bowl in 2018.

Buffalo: 2-3 in bowls, won 2020 Camellia Bowl.

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