Friday, January 4, 2013

2013 Bowl Preview

Date: January 6, 2013 9:00 PM ET
Stadium: Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Mobile, Alabama
Payout: $750,000 per team
Played: 1999-present
Former Names: Mobile Alabama Bowl (1999-2000), GMAC Bowl (2001-2010)
Broadcasters: Mark Jones, Brock Huard
Sideline Reporter: Jessica Mendoza

Kent State: After a 11-1 season and a 8-0 regular season in the MAC, a double overtime loss to Northern Illinois in the MAC title game kept Kent State out of a BCS bowl. Kent State's backfield tandem of Dri Archer and Trayion Durham accounted for 2,600 rushing yards and 29 touchdowns, while the Golden Flashes' defense was second in the FBS in interceptions. The Golden Flashes are in unfamiliar territory as they play in their first bowl game in 40 years.

Arkansas State: Winning is costly for Sun Belt champion Arkansas State. In 2011, the program won 10 games and head coach Hugh Freeze departed after just one season on the job. This year the program won 9 wins and it lost another first-year coach, Gus Malzahn. The Red Wolves started the season 2-3, before winning their last 7 games. Arkansas State has the nation's 17th-ranked offense. The Red Wolves lost the bowl last season to Northern Illinois.

Kent State Arkansas State
Overall Record 11-2 Overall Record 9-3
Conference Record 8-0 Conference Record 7-1
Bowl Record 0-1 Bowl Record 0-2
Last Bowl Win N/A Last Bowl Win N/A

All Time Series: 0-0
Line: Arkansas State by 3.5

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