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2019 Cure Bowl - Georgia Southern Eagles vs Liberty Flames

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Two years ago, Hugh Freeze was in the leper’s colony of college football coaching. Freeze had led the Ole Miss Rebels to glory in the Southeastern Conference and beat the Alabama Crimson Tide twice in his tenure. But Freeze broke NCAA rules, not to mention his marital vows, after flaunting his Christian faith every chance he got. Freeze has found redemption as head coach of the Liberty Flames where he will be leading that program to its first ever bowl appearance. Liberty will be taking on the Georgia Southern Eagles, one of the better teams from the Sun Belt Conference, in the FBC Mortgage Cure Bowl from Orlando.

2019 FBC Mortgage Cure Bowl at a Glance

Date: Saturday, December 21, 2019

Time: 2:30 p.m. ET

Venue: Exploria Stadium, Orlando, Florida

TV: CBS Sports Network

Matchup: Georgia Southern Eagles vs. Liberty Flames

Odds: Georgia Southern -5, total 57.5

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The Georgia Southern Eagles have a record of 7-5 straight up, 5-7 against the spread, and 8-4 over the total. Georgia Southern finished second to Appalachian State in the East Division of the Sun Belt Conference. Overall the Eagles rank 64th for scoring offense and 72nd for points allowed. GSU ranked eighth in the nation for rushing offense.

The Liberty Flames enter the Cure Bowl with a record of 7-5 straight up, 6-6 against the spread, and 4-6 under the total. Liberty is an independent school that just recently made the jump to 1-A status. The Fames ranked 32nd in the nation for scoring offense and 77th for points allowed. Freeze unleashed a strong passing attack to get the Flames over the top. Quarterback Stephen Calvert threw for 3393 yards with 26 touchdown passes on the season. Adding balance to the attack was running back Frankie Hickson with 921 yards, 5.6 yards per carry and 12 touchdowns. Antonio Gandy Golden caught 74 passes for 1333 yards and 18.0 yards per reception with nine touchdowns as Liberty’s top play maker.

Cure Bowl Format

The FBC Mortgage Cure Bowl was founded in 2015 and usually features teams from the Sun Belt and American Conference. The Game is held at the Exploria Stadium in Orlando, Florida after previously being held at Camping World Stadium, which also hosts the Florida Citrus Bowl. The Cure Bowl places an emphasis on Breast Cancer research with proceeds sent to that very cause. Auto Nation is the former sponsor of this bowl with FBC Mortgage taking over this year.

Cure Bowl Game Results

SEASON WINNING TEAM LOSING TEAM SCORE
2018 Tulane Louisiana 41-24
2017 Georgia State Western Kentucky 27-17
2016 Arkansas State UCF 31-13
2015 San Jose State Georgia State 27-16

San Jose State traveled to Florida and secured the inaugural Cure Bowl victory to gain a spot in the bowl game annals. The Spartans won an initial bowl game for the second time since 2006, also winning the first New Mexico Bowl that year. SJSU wasn’t even bowl eligible after winning five games in 2015, but due to a lack of teams meeting the criteria, the Spartans qualified due to a high Academic Progress Rate.

The defense held firm in the contest, as Georgia State mustered only 16 points in San Jose State’s 27-16 victory. Spartans quarterback Kenny Potter was the MVP.

The next two games featured the intended conference tie-ins with the Sun Belt flexing its muscles. Arkansas State picked up the second victory in the Cure Bowl, cruising to a 31-13 win over UCF in front of 27,213 spectators. Georgia State evened its Cure Bowl record and became the first school to make two appearances with a thrilling 27-17 win over Western Kentucky in 2018. Tulane picked up its first-ever Cure Bowl victory last year by knocking off Louisiana by a score of 41-14, putting up the most points in the history of the bowl game.

Most All-Time Wins at Cure Bowl

WINS TEAM YEARS WON
1 Tulane 2018
1 Georgia State 2017
1 Arkansas State 2016
1 San Jose State 2015

Since this bowl game is so young, no team has asserted its dominance yet. There have been four different winners in the four years and only the Panthers of Georgia State have appeared twice.

Attendance figures have been strong with the game played in a warm-weather state in the middle of December, and the proceeds benefiting a worthy cause. But we’ve seen only one Florida team make an appearance and bowl officials would like to see get more local flavoring. UCF is close by and maybe someday the Knights will participate, but given their recent success it’s unlikely to happen any time soon.

The AAC is the top Group of Five conference and the Sun Belt has quality teams, though none are located in the state of Florida. This matchup figures to gain steam moving forward and the attraction of competing in the Cure Bowl will only grow.

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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