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College Football Betting Online: The Dollar General Bowl has been played annually at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala. since 1999 and has undergone several sponsorship changes. Dollar General took over as the title sponsor in August of 2016 and the first Dollar General Bowl saw Troy beat Ohio 28-23 on December 23, 2016.
The 2017 Dollar General Bowl will take place on Saturday, December 23, 2017 at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile. ESPN will have all the action starting at 7 p.m. ET.
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Appalachian State Mountaineers +7.5
Toledo Rockets -7.5
Since jumping to the FCS, the Mountaineers will be playing in their third bowl game in as many seasons. Appalachian State claimed notoriety with a win over Michigan a decade ago and have ridden that wave since.
Despite the strong run this team has enjoyed or late, they’re still the underdog in this game against a Rockets team that generally flies under the radar. While Appalachian State was 8-4 and 7-1 in the Sun Belt, the Rockets finished the year 11-2 after going 7-1 in the MAC.
As you would expect from programs of their size, both teams thrive more on offense than defense, making the Dollar General Bowl a good bang for your buck if you’re looking for offense.
Toledo gets the upper hand, however, on the strength of its defense which ranks well for a mid-major.
While the defense may win the Rockets’ the game, the passing attack is the main storyline. Logan Woodside is one of the best QBs most people don’t know. Woodside comes into the game with 3,758 yards and 28 touchdowns to five interceptions. He’s both prolific and accurate which is dangerous, especially for a team that can run the ball, too.
Woodside isn’t a dangerous runner, but he’s got an accurate, strong arm and great weapons in the backfield, most notably Terry Swanson though Shakif Seymour has a better average. Either way, the duo has combined for over 2,000 yards and 26 rushing touchdowns. The strength both on the ground and in the air leaves Toledo with an offense ranked No. 8 in total yards and No. 11 in scoring, averaging 39.2 PPG.
Appalachian State’s defense is okay, but that won’t get them the upset over the Rockets. If the Mountaineers are going to upset Toledo, they’ll have to match up yard-for-yard on offense.
Appalachian State is a good offensive club, especially on the ground, but they haven’t matched the numbers of Toledo on the year.
Still, Taylor Lamb is an accurate passer with 27 scores and just six interceptions. He’s not as prolific as Woodside, but he’s reliable. On the ground, there’s nobody as strong as either Swanson or Seymour by the numbers, but the system has produced six players with at least 200 yards and five with at least a pair of rushing scores.
Dollar General Bowl Format
The one thing the Dollar General Bowl has never had is a major conference team playing in it. The Sun Belt and the MAC have regularly been a part of this game, though Conference USA has also had a couple participants. This has historically been one of the last games played before the National Championship Game, though since 2015, the game has been one of the first to be played in the bowl season before Christmas.
Dollar General Bowl Game Results
|Season ||Winners ||Losers|
|2015||Georgia Southern||Bowling Green|
|2013||Arkansas State||Ball State|
|2012||Arkansas State||Kent State|
|2011||Northern Illinois||Arkansas State|
|2010||Miami (OH)||Middle Tennessee|
The Mobile Alabama Bowl played its first game on December 22, 1999 with TCU defeating East Carolina 28-14. GMAC Financial Services took over title sponsorship in 2000 and for the next 10 years the game was known as the GMAC Bowl. In 2010 GoDaddy took over as the title sponsor with the game being renamed the GoDally.com Bowl. Three years later the “.com” was dropped from the bowl’s name and played through the 2015 season as the GoDaddy Bowl.
When the bowl first began, it was played as one of the first games of the bowl season and occupied a pre-Christmas date. The 2006 season saw the game moved to after New Year's Day, and it served as one of the last bowls played before the national championship game. The game was moved back before Christmas in 2015 and will again occupy that spot in 2017. This year’s contest will be played on Saturday, December 23, at 7 p.m. ET and televised on ESPN.
The game has traditionally lacked star power as far as competing teams. The tie-ins have been with Conference USA, the Western Athletic Conference and currently the MAC and Sun Belt. The Atlantic Coast Conference was to participate in the 2010 contest but the league failed to produce enough bowl-eligible teams. Only two schools currently in a Power 5 Conference have ever competed in the game.
That doesn’t mean the Bowl has lacked for excitement. The 2001 game between Marshall and East Carolina set the record as the highest-scoring bowl game of all time, and Marshall achieved what was then the greatest comeback in bowl history. Behind 576 passing yards from quarterback Byron Leftwich, the Thundering Herd battled back from a 38-8 deficit to win 64-61 in double overtime.
The winning team has scored at least 28 points in 16 of the 18 games and the past three Bowl encounters have cashed the over. Troy got its first Dollar General Bowl victory last season becoming the 12th different club to claim a victory.
The contest has seen future NFLers produce game MVP honors. LaDainian Tomlinson of TCU won the award in 2000 followed by Leftwich, who claimed the award the next two seasons. Ben Roethlisberger was named MVP of the 2003 game and Bruce Gradkowski took the honor in 2005. The two would later become teammates on the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Most All-Time Wins at Dollar General Bowl
|Wins ||Team ||Years Won|
|2||Arkansas State||2012, 2013|
|2||Miami (OH)||2003, 2010|
|2||Southern Miss||2000, 2006|
The Dollar General Bowl hasn't been shy about bringing the same team back year after year. Arkansas State spent four straight seasons playing in Birmingham, winning consecutive editions of what was then known as the GoDaddy Bowl in the 2012 and 2013 seasons. The Red Wolves were actually the third back-to-back winners of this game. The first was Marshall in 2001 and 2002, while Tulsa pulled off the double in 2007 and 2008.
Arkansas State, Bowling Green, Ball State, East Carolina, Louisville and Ohio have all been beaten in the Dollar General Bowl twice in their histories.
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