Watch Camellia Bowl 2017: Arkansas State vs Middle Tennessee Live Stream Online Start Time, Live Update, Schedule, Odds, Preview, Prediction. Redemption awaits either the Marshall Thundering Herd or the Colorado State Rams in Saturday’s 2017 New Mexico Bowl.
Granted, both teams boast seven wins and one of these teams is undefeated in bowl games dating back to 2009. But the familiar thread between the two programs going into the showdown is an unfortunate one—both face-planted near the end of October and haven’t recovered.
The good news? One last shot at finishing a season strong should have both teams motivated for what could devolve into an offensive-minded affair between two talented quarterbacks with plenty of complementary weapons.
Before things get underway, let’s look at the critical info surrounding the contest.
If one man knows how to get the most out of a roster, it’s Marshall head coach Doc Holliday. He’s rejuvenated the program and is the reason the Thundering Herd are undefeated in bowl games dating back to 2009.
Still, this might be Holliday’s toughest task yet. His team has careened off the side of a cliff, losing four of their last five. The only win in there was a 30-23 escape of a .500 Western Kentucky team, and perhaps the lowest point was an odd 9-7 loss to UTSA.
“Our kids understand the only good bowls are the bowls you win,” Holliday said, according to Stats LLC (via ESPN.com). “You can win that bowl game, (tight end Ryan) Yurachek can walk out of here saying, ‘You know what? We won three straight bowls.'”
To keep the undefeated streak going, though, Marshall will have to come up with a counterpunch to a Colorado State attack averaging north of 500 yards a game.
That is no easy task, though Chase Litton has put together another strong season with 2,853 yards and 23 touchdowns against 12 interceptions. Backing him is a potent running game led by Tyler King (714 yards, six touchdowns, 4.7 average) and Keion Davis (671, five and 4.2).