Our college football betting expert offers his best betting picks and predictions for the Camellia Bowl matchup between Ball State and Georgia State scheduled for Christmas Day at Montgomery, Alabama.
Teams from the Mid-American Conference have struggled this bowl game season and the Cardinal’s aren’t about to snap the MAC losing streak. Find out why below.
Camellia Bowl Picks: The Analysis
Ball State needed a 20-3 victory over Buffalo in its regular season finale to qualify for a bowl game.
The Cardinals are led offensively by senior quarterback Drew Plitt, who passed for 2,248 yards and 17 touchdowns this season with only five interceptions.
Plitt has started regularly for three seasons, tossing 58 touchdowns and getting picked off just 18 times. Ball State won its first bowl game in program history last season, defeating San Jose State in the Arizona Bowl 34-13.
Georgia State won six of its last seven games while finishing second in the Sun Belt Conference. The Panthers rank No. 8 in FBS at 224.5 rushing yards per game behind the 1-2 punch of Tucker Gregg (899 yards, 9 TD) and Jamyest Williams (810 yards, 9 TD).
Quarterback Darren Grainger has thrown 16 touchdown passes and led Sun Belt quarterbacks with 548 yards rushing. The Panthers defeated Western Kentucky 39-21 last season in the Lending Tree Bowl.
MAC under attack
The Mid-American Conference has been exposed during this year’s bowl games. Northern Illinois, Toledo, Eastern Michigan and Kent State have already lost their bowl matchups, all against unranked opponents.
The Cardinals are not at the same level as last year’s squad that pulled off a bowl upset. They have lost six games and only faced one ranked opponent (Penn State, a 44-13 defeat).
Georgia State gave then No. 23 ranked Auburn a rough time in September, leading 24-12 at halftime before the Tigers rallied for a 34-24 win. The Panthers got their run-heavy attack in high gear as the season progressed while holding opponents to 21 or fewer points in six of their last seven games.