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2019 Celebration Bowl - North Carolina A&T Aggies vs Alcorn State Braves

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“It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year.” So sang the late great Andy Williams with his epic Christmas song still played and revered to this very day. For college football fans it’s the most wonderful time of the year because its bowl season. Fans and gamblers will be feasting on college football action from mid-December through early January. And it all begins with the Celebration Bowl which will feature a pair of iconic brands from Historic Black Colleges and Universities. The perennial power North Carolina A&T Aggies will face the Alcorn State Braves in a rematch of last year’s Celebration Bowl.

2019 Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl at a Glance

Date: Saturday, December 21, 2019

Time: 12 p.m. ET

Venue: Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia

TV: ABC

Matchup: North Carolina A&T Aggies vs. Alcorn State Braves

2019 Celebration Bowl Game Preview

North Carolina A&T finished with a record of 8-3 as the champion of the MEAC. It was the third consecutive season that the Aggies won the Conference title. Head coach Sam Washington is in just his second season but has maintained the high and winning standards of this program. Washington went to Mississippi Valley State and played in the NFL for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals. Quarterback Kylil Carter threw for 1856 yards and 12 touchdowns this year for the Aggies while running back Jah Maine Martin rushed for 1214 yards and 19 touchdowns.

The Alcorn State Braves finished 9-3 as the champions of the SWAC. Head coach Fred McNair is in his fourth season as coach of the Braves and has led Alcorn State to first place finishes in each of his four years on the job. McNair has the honor of coaching his alma mater and was on the Dallas Cowboys roster as a player in 1990. He was a quarterback in his playing days. It should come as no surprise that current Alcorn State quarterback Felix Harper has thrown for 2613 yards and 30 touchdowns. Harper’s favorite target was Chris Blair with 775 yards, 20.9 yards per catch and six touchdowns.

Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl Format

The Celebration Bowl began in 2015 and has tie-ins with the MEAC and SWAC. It was previously known as the Pelican Bowl and Heritage Bowl. This game will be played at the home of the Atlanta Falcons.

Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl Game Results

SEASON WINNING TEAM LOSING TEAM SCORE
2018 North Carolina A&T Alcorn State 24-22
2017 North Carolina A&T Grambling State 21-14
2016 Grambling State North Carolina Central 10-9
2015 North Carolina A&T Alcorn State 41-34

The Celebration Bowl is one of the most competitive bowl games on the schedule each year. Each Celebration Bowl has been decided by a touchdown or less. Last year the North Carolina A&T Aggies barely got past the Alcorn State Braves 24-22.

What the Celebration Bowl is not is exactly what makes it great. Two historic African American programs that are smaller in name recognition make for plenty of energy and excitement. Gamblers love the action and that there is less hype and over the top nonstop fake news that they are bombarded with in regards to this game. You may also end up seeing a future NFL star come out of this game. Consider that Chicago Bears running back Tarik Cohen was the Most Valuable Player of the 2015 Celebration Bowl. There are around 25 players or so in The League right now that came from Historic Black Colleges and Universities.  And 29 NFL Hall of Famers played at HBCU schools.

Most All-Time Wins at Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl

WINS TEAM YEARS WON
3 North Carolina A&T 2015, 2017, 2018
1 Grambling State 2016

North Carolina A&T is a perennial power in the MEAC and should again be in line for another appearance, which would be its fourth in the bowl’s five-year history. The SWAC should be interesting in 2019 and it will be interesting to see if anyone can end North Carolina A&T’s stranglehold on Celebration Bowl dominance in 2019.

2019-20 College Bowl Games Betting Schedule

DATE BOWL LOCATION / TIME MATCHUP
College Football Playoff
Dec 28 Peach Bowl Atlanta, GA / 4 PM No. 1 LSU vs. No. 4 Oklahoma
Dec 28 Fiesta Bowl Glendale, AZ / 8 PM No. 2 Ohio State vs. No. 3 Clemson
Jan 13 CFP National Championship New Orleans, LA / 8 PM Semifinal Winners
Selection Committee Bowl Games
Dec 28 Cotton Bowl Arlington, TX / Noon No. 10 Penn State vs. No. 17 Memphis
Dec 30 Orange Bowl Miami Gardens, FL / 8 PM No. 9 Florida vs. No. 24 Virginia
Jan 1 Rose Bowl Pasadena, CA / 5 PM No. 6 Oregon vs. No. 8 Wisconsin
Jan 1 Sugar Bowl New Orleans, LA / 8:45 PM No. 5 Georgia vs. No. 7 Baylor
Other Bowl Games
Dec 20 Bahamas Bowl Nassau, Bahamas / 2 PM Buffalo vs. Charlotte
Dec 20 Frisco Bowl Frisco, TX / 7:30 PM Kent State vs. Utah State
Dec 21 Celebration Bowl Atlanta, GA / 12:00 PM Alcorn State vs. North Carolina A&T
Dec 21 New Mexico Bowl Albuquerque, NM / 2 PM Central Michigan vs. San Diego State
Dec 21 Cure Bowl Orlando, FL / 2:30 PM Liberty vs. Georgia Southern
Dec 21 Boca Raton Bowl Boca Raton, FL / 3:30 PM FAU vs. SMU
Dec 21 Camelia Bowl Montgomery, AL / 5:30 PM Arkansas State vs. Florida International
Dec 21 Las Vegas Bowl Las Vegas, NV / 7:30 PM No. 19 Boise State vs. Washington
Dec 21 New Orleans Bowl New Orleans, LA / 9 PM No. 20 Appalachian State vs. UAB
Dec 23 Gasparilla Bowl Tampa, FL / 2:30 PM Marshall vs. UCF
Dec 24 Hawaii Bowl Honolulu, HI / 8 PM BYU vs. Hawai'i
Dec 26 Independence Bowl Shreveport, LA / 4 PM Louisiana Tech vs. Miami (Fla.)
Dec 26 Quick Lane Bowl Detroit, MI / 8 PM Eastern Michigan vs. Pittsburgh
Dec 27 Military Bowl Annapolis, MD / Noon North Carolina vs. Temple
Dec 27 Pinstripe Bowl The Bronx, NY / 3:20 PM Michigan State vs. Wake Forest
Dec 27 Texas Bowl Houston, TX / 6:45 PM No. 25 Oklahoma State vs. Texas A&M
Dec 27 Holiday Bowl San Diego, CA / TBA No. 16 Iowa vs. No. 22 Southern California
Dec 27 Cheez-It Bowl Phoenix, AZ / 10:15 PM Air Force vs. Washington State
Dec 28 Camping World Bowl Orlando, FL / Noon No. 15 Notre Dame vs. Iowa State
Dec 30 First Responder Bowl University Park, TX / 12:30 PM Western Kentucky vs. Western Michigan
Dec 30 Music City Bowl Nashville, TN / 4 PM Louisville vs. Mississippi State
Dec 30 Redbox Bowl Santa Clara, CA / TBA California vs. Illinois
Dec 31 Belk Bowl Charlotte, NC / Noon Kentucky vs. Virginia Tech
Dec 31 Sun Bowl El Paso, TX / 2 PM Arizona State vs. Florida State
Dec 31 Arizona Bowl Tucson, AZ / 4:30 PM Georgia State vs. Wyoming
Dec 31 Alamo Bowl San Antonio, TX / 7:30 PM No. 11 Utah vs. Texas
Dec 31 Liberty Bowl Mephis, TN / 3:45 PM Kansas State vs. Navy
Jan 1 Outback Bowl Tampa, FL / 1 PM No. 12 Auburn vs. No. 18 Minnesota
Jan 1 Citrus Bowl Orlando, FL / 1 PM No. 13 Alabama vs. No. 14 Michigan
Jan 2 Birmingham Bowl Birmingham, AL / 3 PM No. 21 Cincinnati vs. Boston College
Jan 2 Gator Bowl Jacksonville, FL / 7 PM Indiana vs. Tennessee
Jan 3 Idaho Potato Bowl Boise, ID / 3:30 PM Nevada vs. Ohio
Jan 4 Armed Forces Bowl Fort Worth, TX / 11:30 AM Southern Miss vs. Tulane
Jan 6 LendingTree Bowl Mobile, AL / 7:30 PM Louisiana-Lafayette vs. Miami (Ohio)

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