Watch Cure Bowl 2017: Western Kentucky vs Georgia State Live Stream Online Start Time, Live Update, Schedule, Odds, Preview, Prediction. Two of college football’s better stories collide Saturday at the 2017 Cure Bowl when the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers and Georgia State Panthers take the field to help kick off bowl season.
The 6-6 Hilltoppers are again bowl-bound, heading to one for their fourth straight season. They are big favorites in Orlando but only because the great story that is Georgia State will play in only its second bowl game since forming a team in 2010.
Saturday is also a chance for both teams to recoup some momentum as both programs didn’t finish the season on high notes.
It doesn’t figure to be an overly high-scoring affair, but it’s the type of storyline-filled bowl game where programs can build some serious momentum while moving up the ladder.
As great as yet another bowl appearance is for Western Kentucky, this isn’t exactly what the program and its players had envisioned after a 5-2 start.
Rather than compete in Conference USA, the Hilltoppers imploded down the stretch, losing four of five and capped off by a 41-17 rout at the hands of FIU. The only win during the stretch? A triple-overtime escape of 6-6 Mid Tennessee, 41-38.
Given the realities of the season-ending downswing, the Hilltoppers know better than to underestimate a team newer to this sort of stage.
“Their offense, they have playmakers, they really do,” Western Kentucky defensive coordinator Clayton White said, according to Chad Bishop of WBKO. “They have some guys where they make sure they get the ball in their hands. They get their touches. Those guys do a really good job—very creative in how they get their playmakers the ball.”
Western Kentucky will have to rediscover itself offensively under the leadership of quarterback Mike White, who has completed 65.6 percent of his passes for 3,826 yards and 24 touchdowns against seven interceptions.
While he doesn’t have much of a running game behind him, White spreads the ball out well for an offense featuring five players with at least three touchdown passes.
If the Hilltoppers are to end the season on a high note and keep the program’s postseason momentum going, it will have to come via spreading the Panthers out and marching up and down the field.