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App State Headed to Orlando to Face RedHawks in Cure Bowl
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BOONE, N.C. — App State is going bowling again, this time with the program's first postseason visit to Orlando, Fla., for the Avocados from Mexico Cure Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 16.Champions of the Sun Belt Conference's East Division, the Mountaineers will face MAC champion Miami (Ohio) at 3:30 p.m. in UCF's FBC Mortgage Stadium. The game, which will be televised by ABC, will be the first football meeting between App State (8-5) and the RedHawks (11-2)."Orlando is a great destination for the App State ...
BOONE, N.C. — App State is going bowling again, this time with the program's first postseason visit to Orlando, Fla., for the Avocados from Mexico Cure Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 16.
Champions of the Sun Belt Conference's East Division, the Mountaineers will face MAC champion Miami (Ohio) at 3:30 p.m. in UCF's FBC Mortgage Stadium. The game, which will be televised by ABC, will be the first football meeting between App State (8-5) and the RedHawks (11-2).
"Orlando is a great destination for the App State football team and our passionate Mountaineer fan base," App State Director of Athletics Doug Gillin said. "Thank you to Alan Gooch and his team for the invitation. We are thrilled to represent Appalachian State University and the Sun Belt Conference in the Cure Bowl."
"We are excited to play in the Cure Bowl against Miami (Ohio)," App State head coach Shawn Clark said. "Our team kept digging all season. We have battled through adversity, and we won the Sun Belt East division. We will be proud to travel to Orlando and represent our university and one of the best conferences in America."
Information on ticket availability will be finalized in the coming days.
The inaugural Cure Bowl was held in 2015, and the game shines a spotlight on the fight against breast cancer. By the time the 2022 game was complete, the Orlando Sports Foundation had donated more than $4.1 million to cancer research.
After making its FBS debut in 2014, App State set a record by earning a bowl berth in each of its first seven postseason-eligible seasons. The Mountaineers also made history by winning their first six bowl games, with victories in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020.
The Mountaineers closed the regular season with five straight victories and trailed 21-17 entering the fourth quarter of the Sun Belt Championship Game against Troy before falling 49-23. Joey Aguilar increased his season total to a school-record 3,546 passing yards, and he is tied for third place nationally with 33 touchdown passes.
After the winning streak began with a 48-38 win against Southern Miss, the Mountaineers' defense allowed just 15.3 points per 60 minutes and picked off eight passes during the last four games of the regular season — all victories against bowl-bound teams.
App State started its record-breaking bowl streak with three wins against MAC teams, counting victories against Ohio and Toledo in the 2015 and 2016 Camellia Bowls and Toledo again in the 2017 Dollar General Bowl.
Coached by Chuck Martin, the RedHawks opened the season with a 38-3 loss to the Miami Hurricanes and went 7-1 in league play with the only loss coming against Toledo (21-17). One highlight of the regular season was a 31-24 overtime win against Big 12 newcomer Cincinnati, and Miami rebounded to win 23-14 against Toledo in the MAC title game.
Rashad Amos has rushed for 895 yards with 13 touchdowns this season to lead Miami's offense, and the defense ranks seventh nationally by allowing 16.2 points per game. The RedHawks give up only 197.2 passing yards per game.
Orlando joins Montgomery, Mobile, New Orleans, Conway and Boca Raton as cities to host an App State bowl game. FBC Mortgage Stadium opened in 2007 and has a seating capacity of approximately 45,000.
Oklahoma QB Dillon Gabriel enters transfer portal with Jackson Arnold set to lead Sooners into SEC era
USATSI Dillon Gabriel has entered the NCAA transfer portal after two seasons with the Sooners, the Oklahoma quarterback announced on Monday. Gabriel becomes the second major quarterback name entering the portal on the first day of the winter transfer window, following Ohio State starter ...
Dillon Gabriel has entered the NCAA transfer portal after two seasons with the Sooners, the Oklahoma quarterback announced on Monday. Gabriel becomes the second major quarterback name entering the portal on the first day of the winter transfer window, following Ohio State starter Kyle McCord. Both veterans are joining a loaded market that already includes 10 four-star QB prospects in 247Sports' transfer rankings.
247Sports has already assigned Gabriel a ranking of 91, making him the No. 4 quarterback available in the transfer portal. Gabriel posted what seems to be a farewell message on social media Monday morning, though he did not confirm his intentions.
"The past 2 years here at OU as a Sooner I have made memories with friends and family that remind me how blessed I am," Gabriel wrote. "I have been able to play football for an amazing group of coaches and alongside men who have become my brothers. More than anything I have grown in faith and love. I appreciate and cherish these memories and relationships forever. My time in The Palace was a game time experience I will never forget. Sooner Nation, you held me accountable and I am better for it.
"Coach BV (Brent Venables), my coaches, and the football staff, I am grateful for your care, knowledge, and insight. Most of all, thanks for your faith in me and the opportunity to lead and be a member of OU's team 128 and 129."
The 5-foot-11 Gabriel transferred to Oklahoma -- after initially committing to UCLA out of the portal -- in 2022 after three years at UCF. He was the Big 12 Newcomer of the Year last season and led the Sooners in 2023 with 3,660 yards passing and 30 touchdowns. He also rushed for 373 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Arnold's time to shine
Oklahoma will now hand its offense over to ballyhooed freshman Jackson Arnold, someone with whom Sooners fans are already pretty familiar. He played in six regular season games in 2023 -- burning his redshirt eligibility -- and completed 18 of his 24 pass attempts for 202 yards and two touchdowns.
He saw plenty of opportunity to showcase his wares in a season-opening blowout win against Arkansas State, throwing for 114 yards and a touchdown, but he also got some game experience at crucial points during the season. Arnold played the entire second half against BYU in Week 12 after Gabriel left with injury, entering when the game was tied at 17-17 and helping the Sooners avoid a major upset by leading two touchdown drives over the final 30 minutes.
Now Arnold gets an extra month of practice as Oklahoma's presumed starting quarterback while it prepares for an Alamo Bowl showdown against Arizona. All signs point to Arnold, a former five-star prospect and No. 4 quarterback in the class of 2023, as being the future in Norman.
What's next for Gabriel?
Gabriel certainly won't lack options when looking for a new home. He's been successful in every step of his career and finishes his time at Oklahoma with 6,823 yards passing and 55 touchdowns. He also rushed for 18 touchdowns and averaged almost 4 yards per rushing attempt.
It's worth noting that Oklahoma's former offensive coordinator, Jeff Lebby, left in November to become Mississippi State's next head coach. Gabriel is very familiar with Lebby, and Lebby's hiring at Oklahoma in 2022 was a big reason Gabriel ended up in Norman in the first place.
Gabriel signed with UCF in 2019 when Lebby -- who was his primary recruiter -- was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Gabriel started for the Knights as a true freshman and threw for 3,653 yards and 27 touchdowns. Almost 71% of Gabriel's career yards passing and 65% of his career passing touchdowns have come with Lebby as his offensive coordinator.
There's no guarantee Gabriel takes his talents to Mississippi State, but the Bulldogs do have a glaring vacancy at quarterback after longtime starter and SEC record holder Will Rogers announced his intentions to transfer. Obviously, Gabriel is a perfect fit with tons of comfort in Lebby's system.
UCF Accepts Invitation to Face Georgia Tech in Gasparilla Bowl
For the third time in history, the UCF football team is headed to the Gasparilla Bowl where the Knights won postseason assignments in both 2019 and 2021.Big 12 Conference representative UCF (6-6) will meet Atlantic Coast Conference member Georgia Tech (6-6) at 6:30 p.m. EST on Friday, Dec. 22, 2023, in 65,000-seat Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, in the Union Home Mortgage Gasparilla Bowl. The game will be televised by ESPN.Ticket information including pricing, seat locations, and the seat selection process will be sent...
For the third time in history, the UCF football team is headed to the Gasparilla Bowl where the Knights won postseason assignments in both 2019 and 2021.
Big 12 Conference representative UCF (6-6) will meet Atlantic Coast Conference member Georgia Tech (6-6) at 6:30 p.m. EST on Friday, Dec. 22, 2023, in 65,000-seat Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, in the Union Home Mortgage Gasparilla Bowl. The game will be televised by ESPN.
Ticket information including pricing, seat locations, and the seat selection process will be sent tomorrow (Monday, Dec. 4) with priority given to Shareholders Society donors and 2023 football season ticket members.
It’s a program-record eighth consecutive postseason bowl appearance for the Knights, the 11th in 12 seasons and the 15th in 19 years. UCF also previously played in the NCAA Division II playoffs in 1987 and in the NCAA FCS Playoffs in 1990 and 1993.
It’s the third time in five years UCF has played in the Gasparilla Bowl—and the second time in three years that has happened under current UCF coach Gus Malzahn. The Knights defeated Florida 29-17 in the 2021 Gasparilla Bowl and won 48-25 against Marshall in the 2019 Gasparilla Bowl.
The Knights previously have played twice each in the Fiesta Bowl (following 2014 and 2018 seasons), Liberty Bowl (2007 and 2010), St. Petersburg Bowl (2009 and 2014) and Gasparilla Bowl (2019 and 2021) and once each in the Hawaii Bowl (2005), Beef O’Brady’s Bowl (2012), Cure Bowl (2016), Peach Bowl (2017), Boca Raton Bowl (2020) and Military Bowl (2022).
Malzahn has seen his teams qualify for postseason bowl games in all 12 years he has been a head coach, including seven appearances in New Year’s Day games: 2013 in BCS National Championship Game vs. Florida State, 2014 in Outback Bowl vs. Wisconsin, 2015 in Birmingham Bowl win vs. Memphis, 2016 in Sugar Bowl vs. Oklahoma, 2017 in Peach Bowl vs. UCF, 2018 in Music City Bowl win vs. Purdue, 2019 Outback Bowl vs. Minnesota, 2021 Gasparilla Bowl vs. Florida, 2022 Military vs. Duke and 2023 Gasparilla Bowl vs. Georgia Tech. Malzahn’s 2012 Arkansas State team qualified for a bowl game—but he already had accepted the head coaching job at Auburn and did not coach the bowl game. He also did not coach the Auburn bowl game after the 2020 season after leading the Tigers to the Citrus Bowl vs. Northwestern.
UCF and Georgia Tech will play for the sixth time and the second consecutive season with UCF winning 27-10 last year in Orlando.
Here are details of UCF’s postseason appearances (6-8 in bowl games, 6-11 overall):-- 1987—Troy defeated UCF 31-10 in NCAA Division II Playoffs -- 1990—Georgia Southern defeated UCF 44-7 in NCAA FCS Playoffs-- 1993—Youngstown State defeated UCF 56-30 in NCAA FCS Playoffs-- 2005—Nevada defeated UCF 49-48 in Hawaii Bowl-- 2007—Mississippi State defeated UCF 10-3 in Liberty Bowl-- 2009—Rutgers defeated UCF 45-24 in St. Petersburg Bowl-- 2010—UCF defeated Georgia 10-6 in Liberty Bowl-- 2012—UCF defeated Ball State 38-17 in Beef O’Brady’s Bowl-- 2013—#15 UCF defeated #6 Baylor 52-42 in Fiesta Bowl-- 2014—NC State defeated UCF 34-27 in St. Petersburg Bowl-- 2016—Arkansas State defeated UCF 31-13 in Cure Bowl-- 2017—#12 UCF defeated #7 Auburn 34-27 in Peach Bowl-- 2018—#11 LSU defeated #7 UCF 40-32 in Fiesta Bowl -- 2019—UCF defeated Marshall 48-25 in Gasparilla Bowl-- 2020—#13 BYU defeated UCF 49-23 in Boca Raton Bowl-- 2021—UCF defeated Florida 29-17 in Gasparilla Bowl-- 2022—Duke defeated UCF 30-13 in Military Bowl-- 2023—UCF vs. Georgia Tech in Gasparilla Bowl
Here are details of bowl qualifications by Gus Malzahn-coached teams:-- *2012—Northern Illinois defeated Arkansas State 38-20 in GoDaddy.com Bowl-- 2013—#1 Florida State defeated #2 Auburn 34-31 in BCS Championship Game (Rose Bowl)-- 2014—#17 Wisconsin defeated #19 Auburn 34-31 in OT in Outback Bowl-- 2015—Auburn defeated Memphis 31-10 in Birmingham Bowl-- 2016—#7 Oklahoma defeated #14 Auburn 35-19 in Sugar Bowl-- 2017—#12 UCF defeated #7 Auburn 34-27 in Peach Bowl-- 2018—Auburn defeated Purdue 63-14 in Music City Bowl-- 2019—#18 Minnesota defeated #12 Auburn 31-24 in Outback Bowl-- *2020—#15 Northwestern defeated Auburn 35-19 in Citrus Bowl-- 2021—UCF defeated Florida 29-17 in Gasparilla Bowl-- 2022—Duke defeated UCF 30-13 in Military Bowl-- 2023—UCF vs. Georgia Tech in Gasparilla Bowl
*Malzahn’s teams qualified, but he did not coach in the postseason following the 2012 and 2020 seasons.
Pistons Digest: ‘All of this is going to pay off for us’ – Monty Williams still buoyed by Pistons spirit - and more
If you ever see Monty Williams standing stoically by the Pistons bench, face not betraying his emotions, holding his hand, palm down, at chest level, he’s not signaling a play to be run or a defensive scheme to employ.It’s Williams reinforcing the mantra he espouses to his young team on a daily basis to stay on an even emotional keel. Don’t celebrate successes as if you didn’t expect them to come, don’t bemoan setbacks as if they were your fate.But Williams doesn’t try to shield his players f...
If you ever see Monty Williams standing stoically by the Pistons bench, face not betraying his emotions, holding his hand, palm down, at chest level, he’s not signaling a play to be run or a defensive scheme to employ.
It’s Williams reinforcing the mantra he espouses to his young team on a daily basis to stay on an even emotional keel. Don’t celebrate successes as if you didn’t expect them to come, don’t bemoan setbacks as if they were your fate.
But Williams doesn’t try to shield his players from the sting he feels amid the current 17-game losing streak as the Pistons have been buffeted by a brutal injury situation and a challenging schedule.
“I don’t think there’s anything wrong with them seeing the frustration. I think that allows for them to be vulnerable and frustrated,” Williams said. “The one thing I don’t want to do is what I typically do when I’m going through something – become stoic and do my own thing and go off on my own. When you’re coaching, I think it’s OK to let your players see how much you care about it.”
The Pistons go into the week off of games at New York and against Cleveland where an end to the losing streak seemed within reach at various points. They followed a pair of games where there were signs the mounting losses had demoralized Williams’ young players. Williams was visibly upset after last week’s loss to a struggling Washington team when he admitted disappointment with the resolve the Pistons had showed that night.
But the next morning, Williams wasn’t met by a group of players feeling sorry for themselves.
“The one thing about our building, it hasn’t changed,” he said. “Our guys came in the other day – we had a tough loss – we had a number of guys on the floor almost an hour and a half before practice started, getting up shots and getting ready to practice. I’m sure everybody’s tired of me saying it, but I love that about our team. As far as allowing them to see me, they know how much I care about them. And I’m going to keep pushing them to be better players and a better team. I know all of this is going to pay off for us.”
A good coach learns much about his players and about his collective group in how it responds to adversity – and 17 straight losses is about as much adversity as the Pistons have ever encountered. There is great risk for teams to splinter under the stress losing imposes. Williams hasn’t seen a shred of evidence that the Pistons aren’t the same tight group he took into training camp. After a loss late last month at Indiana, Isaiah Stewart led a players-only meeting in the locker room.
“(It) was important because there was a level of team accountability,” said Williams after hearing of its tenor. “There wasn’t any finger-pointing. When I got word of it, it wasn’t like anybody was saying, ‘you, you, you.’ It was like, ‘I have to do better’ to a man. That’s why I tell people all the time how much I love this group. They don’t spend a lot of time blaming. They come to the gym every practice, every video session wanting to grow and get better.”
Name the two players in Pistons history to lead the NBA in total points scored for a single season
A: Jimmy Walker and Bob Lanier
B: Jerry Stackhouse and Kelly Tripucka
C: George Yardley and Dave Bing
D: John Long and Rip Hamilton
The Pistons just last week got passed for No. 1 on a list nobody wants to head – number of man-games lost to injury. Memphis, which won 107 games in the previous two seasons, has now surged ahead of Detroit on that list. The Grizzlies were widely expected to be a playoff team again this season, favored by many to be a top-four seed.
But the Grizzlies start the week with a record of 5-14, ahead of only San Antonio – riding a 14-game losing streak – in the Western Conference. Next up for the Pistons and Grizzlies: a Wednesday date at Little Caesars Arena.
The good news for the Pistons is that Bojan Bogdanovic, who led them in scoring last season at 21.6 points a game while shooting 41 percent from the 3-point arc, returned to the lineup on Saturday after missing all of training camp and the first month-plus of the regular season. In 27 minutes off the bench against Cleveland, Bogdanovic scored 22 points and got up 10 3-point attempts and six free throws, both areas where the Pistons need volume and efficiency.
“I just love having him out there on the floor,” Williams said. “His energy, his feel for the game, his ability to draw fouls, talking on the floor – that’s something we certainly need.”
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Terry Mills tied at NBA record over the course of three games against Atlanta, Cleveland and New Jersey when he sunk 13 consecutive 3-point attempts from Dec. 4-7, 1996. Amid a 25-point performance in a Dec. 4 win against the Hawks, Mills hit 7 of 8 triples, making his first and missing his second before draining six in a row. In his sixth NBA season, his second with the Pistons, the Romulus native – nephew of Pistons guard John Long and cousin to Grant Long, who played for five NBA teams including the Pistons – hit all six of his triple tries two nights later to lead another win over Cleveland with 23 points and nine rebounds. Mills hit his first triple the next night to lead a 26-point blowout win over the Nets before finally missing. He still finished 4 of 8 from long distance that night. The record still stands, Mills sharing it with Brent Prince (1995-96) and Shake Milton (2019-20).
George Yardley led the NBA in scoring in the 1957-58 season, the first for the Pistons in Detroit since moving from Fort Wayne, Ind. Dave Bing led the league in scoring a decade later in 1968. Yardley averaged 27.8 points a game to lead by a wide margin over runner-up Dolph Schayes of Syracuse, who averaged 24.9. He scored 2,001 points in the 72-game schedule of the time, the first player in history to top 2,000 points. Bing scored 2,142 points in the 82-game schedule in practice for the 1967-68 season, though Oscar Robertson won the title for scoring average at 29.2, ahead of Bing at 27.1 and Elgin Baylor at 26.0.
Report: Bucks interested in Magic forward Chuma Okeke
Earlier this week, Michael Scotto of HoopsHype buried a couple motes of gold in his trade candidates story that pertain to the Bucks. You have to dig a bit to find them—and skip past the part where he identifies Pat Connaughton as the Bucks’ top trade candidate, since that appears to be just (well-informed) speculation—but Bucks fans will probably be glad to hear that GM Jon Horst has checked in on two ...
Earlier this week, Michael Scotto of HoopsHype buried a couple motes of gold in his trade candidates story that pertain to the Bucks. You have to dig a bit to find them—and skip past the part where he identifies Pat Connaughton as the Bucks’ top trade candidate, since that appears to be just (well-informed) speculation—but Bucks fans will probably be glad to hear that GM Jon Horst has checked in on two bigger wings: Chuma Okeke and Reggie Bullock.
Let’s start with Okeke, who has had an atypical career since being drafted sixteenth out of Auburn back in 2019. The 6’6” (sometimes listed at 6’7” or even 6’8”), 229-pound forward tore his left ACL in the Sweet Sixteen of that year’s NCAA Tournament, and thus his rookie year was pushed back to 2020–21. He was widely viewed as a lottery pick after two intriguing years for the Tigers, helping former UWM coach Bruce Pearl’s squad to the school’s first-ever Final Four berth. His frame (he weighed in at 233 as a freshman) and length (seven-foot wingspan) and likely piqued Magic GM Jon Hammond’s interest, so his boss Jeff Weltman decided a year was worth the wait.
As a pro, he’s had scant opportunities to prove he belongs in the league, still missing a big chunk of his rookie year with an injury to his surgically repaired knee, then another injury to the same knee kept him out an even bigger chunk of last season. In between those years, he showed some versatility as a regular member of Orlando’s rotation in 2021–22, though his numbers from the field (37.8% on 8.2 field goal attempts per game) left much to be desired.
He saw very sparse minutes upon his return last year and he’s simply been passed by in Orlando’s rotation by their bevy of other talent at the forward spots and wing. Budding stars Paolo Banchero and Franz Wagner, 2023 draftee Anthony Black, 22-year-old Jalen Suggs, then veterans Gary Harris, Jonathan Isaac, and old friend Joe Ingles make for a crowded rotation from the 2 through 4: he hasn’t seen more than 7:45 of gameplay here in 2023 and was a DNP-CD in ten of their eighteen contracts.
With Okeke’s rookie contract set to expire at the end of the season and pretty clearly not in the Magic’s future plans, he seems destined for restricted free agency and makes a solid trade chip. Orlando has paydays for all these guys coming up whom they will want to save their resources for, much like Memphis’ situation entering 2021–22. That’s when the Bucks were able to swoop in and acquire Grayson Allen for the cheap price of Sam Merrill and cash. Okeke probably would be gettable for even less.
His $5.1m expiring salary doesn’t match any single Buck, though, so it would likely need to be part of a larger deal with a third team. A few minimum contracts would get them there, but if Milwaukee were to send out one of their mid-tier salaries like Pat Connaughton or Bobby Portis, they’d be able to take back a good $10–15m in salary, depending. Okeke could slide into that along with another salary or two.
They’d then have a partial season to see how he fits in Milwaukee—and if his troublesome knee can stay healthy—before making an offseason decision: if they don’t want to let him walk, they can match any contract another team gives him or offer him an extension of their own. Okeke will retain his bird rights in a trade, so the Bucks can go over the cap to sign him. Mid-tier salaries to 25-year-olds aren’t bad to have around either.
Scotto notes the Bucks have had exploratory interest in him “in the past,” which I guess could be any time, but he’d fit the Bucks’ current situation well as a younger, long wing with some athleticism and strength. That need seems pretty acute now given long-term injuries to Jae Crowder and shorter-term ones to Pat Connaughton and Andre Jackson Jr. but come trade season in February, it seems likely to still be there, especially with Okeke’s youth on an aging roster.
A similarly-built but older player who would work well on the current roster is Reggie Bullock, who Scotto notes that Milwaukee had interest in after he was waived by San Antonio on October 1st. They signed Cameron Payne to their recently-created open roster spot that day, though, filling a big hole as a backup point guard. It would have been nice to have both, but the 32-year-old Bullock went to a young team in Houston over other contenders.
The past couple years, the 6’6”, 205-pound wing was a key member of Dallas’ rotation, starting during their run to the 2022 Western Conference Finals and in 55 games last season. Regarded as one of, if not the perimeter stopper on the Mavs after Dorian-Finney Smith was traded, he has a good defensive reputation around the league. Even if he’s a bit smaller than Okeke and Crowder, he’d be a nice option to have off Milwaukee’s bench if they’re still interested.
With the Rockets, he’s not playing much behind veterans Dillon Brooks, Jae’Sean Tate, and dynamic young guard Jalen Green. Like Okeke, he’s only appeared in eight games but unlike Okeke, he’s gotten double-digit minutes in most of those contests. Seems like he still might have something left in the tank, and on a minimum deal, he’d be simple to acquire. He could also be bought out.
The trade deadline is February 8th and many of the free agents signed this past offseason become eligible to be traded on December 15th. Bullock, however, isn’t eligible until January 4th since he signed so close to opening night.
What are your thoughts on these guys? Personally, I’d wait to see if Bullock is bought out, or offer someone like AJ Green or Chris Livingston for him. The Rockets probably would prefer a second-round pick, and since the Bucks only have two of those, I’d rather hold onto them for a better acquisition like Okeke, who is at least younger. Milwaukee can only trade their 2027 second or Portland’s 2024 second-rounder, which is nearly as valuable as a first-round pick given its likely position in the low thirties. However, I’m not sure I’d trade that for Okeke either. I’d hope the Bucks could land him as part of a larger deal with Orlando that also sees the Bucks acquire another player.
Tennessee to play in Citrus Bowl, face Iowa in Orlando
Tennessee is heading back to Florida.Coming off of an 8-4 regular season, the Vols were selected to play in the Cheez-It Citrus Bowl on Sunday, facing Iowa at Camping World Stadium in Orlando on Jan. 1, 2024 (1 p.m. ET, ABC).It will mark the third-straight season that Tennessee has played in a bowl game and the first time since 2002 that it has played in the Citrus Bowl.The Vols are 4-1 in the Citrus Bowl all-time.TALK ABOUT IT IN ...
Tennessee is heading back to Florida.
Coming off of an 8-4 regular season, the Vols were selected to play in the Cheez-It Citrus Bowl on Sunday, facing Iowa at Camping World Stadium in Orlando on Jan. 1, 2024 (1 p.m. ET, ABC).
It will mark the third-straight season that Tennessee has played in a bowl game and the first time since 2002 that it has played in the Citrus Bowl.
The Vols are 4-1 in the Citrus Bowl all-time.
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Tennessee began its 2023 campaign vs. Virginia at Nissan Stadium on Sept. 2, beating the Cavaliers, 49-13 en route to an 8-4 regular season finish that also included wins over South Carolina, Texas A&M, Kentucky and Vanderbilt and losses to Florida, Alabama, Missouri and Georgia.
Tennessee ranks top 20 nationally in scoring offense, averaging more than 453 yards per game. Quarterback Joe Milton III passed for 2,813 yards, 20 touchdowns and five interceptions during the regular season and accounted for six scores in the Vols' 48-24 win over Vanderbilt in his last outing.
Running back Jaylen Wright, who finished among the SEC's rushing leaders, averaged 7.4 yards per carry and totaled 1,013 yards and four touchdowns on 137 carries. He was Tennessee's first 1,000 yard rusher in eight years.
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Defensively, Tennessee sputtered down the stretch after a strong start to the season, allowing nearly 350 yards of offense and 234 passing yards per game as it dealt with injuries at linebacker and in the secondary. Up front, the Vols were more consistent, holding teams to just 113.8 rushing yards per game.
EDGE rushers Tyler Baron and James Pearce Jr. combined for 14.5 sacks.
It is unclear which players will remain or opt out of the bowl game, though Tennessee has a number of seniors who have the option to return for another year of eligibility due to COVID.
Iowa is coming off of a 10-3 season, falling to Michigan, 26-0 in the Big Ten Championship Game on Saturday.
The Hawkeyes, who are set to make their second Citrus Bowl appearance in three years. Iowa lost to Kentucky on Jan. 1, 2022.
Iowa struggled offensively during the regular season, finishing last in Big Ten in total offense with 240.2 yards and 16.6 points per game. Offensive coordinator Brian Ferentz was fired but coached through the Big Ten title game.
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On defense, the Hawkeyes were dominant, ranking top five nationally, limiting opponents to just 274.8 yards per game. Iowa held teams to 20 points or less in 10 of its 13 games.
The Hawkeyes will present Tennessee with one of its toughest tests to date, particularly up front where they’re allowing just over 102 rushing yards per game.
Defensive end Joe Evans led the team with 5.5 sacks while Yahya Black totaled 3.5 sacks.
Iowa is 10-9 in bowl games under head coach Kirk Ferentz.
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Two Ranked Teams Set to Meet in Orlando
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By: D. Scott FritchenFresh off a ranking in the final College Football Playoff Poll for a second straight year, No. 25 Kansas State will face No. 18 NC State in the Pop-Tarts Bowl in Orlando, Florida, on December 28. It will mark the first-ever meeting between the schools and an opportunity for the Wildcats to finish off another campaign with at least nine victories."I know K-State Nation is going to travel in droves and celebrate a great game for our first bowl game in Florida," K-State head coach ...
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Fresh off a ranking in the final College Football Playoff Poll for a second straight year, No. 25 Kansas State will face No. 18 NC State in the Pop-Tarts Bowl in Orlando, Florida, on December 28. It will mark the first-ever meeting between the schools and an opportunity for the Wildcats to finish off another campaign with at least nine victories.
"I know K-State Nation is going to travel in droves and celebrate a great game for our first bowl game in Florida," K-State head coach Chris Klieman said. "I know our players, staff, and fan base are really excited about this opportunity. We'll start getting to work right away in getting prepared for a really good NC State team.
"They're a terrific team. It should be a heck of a game."
K-State, 8-4, won five of its final seven games and will look to bounce back after ending its regular season with a 42-35 home loss to Iowa State.
K-State is one of only 11 Power 5 teams to win at least eight games in each of the past three seasons and is the only current Big 12 team to do so. K-State finished 8-5 in 2021 before going 10-4 and earning the 2022 Big 12 Championship. The Wildcats incurred some excruciatingly tight losses this season. They'll look to put past disappointments aside with a great opportunity in a bowl game.
The Wildcats' 5.25-point average margin of defeat — they lost four games by a total of 21 points — is the smallest among three- and four-loss Power 5 teams.
They'll go forward with a new face under center as true freshman Avery Johnson will make his first-career start at quarterback behind a veteran offensive line that includes Outland Trophy finalist Cooper Beebe. Johnson, the No. 1-rated dual-threat passer in the Class of 2023, saw time in six games while backing up since-departed senior Will Howard.
"Avery will be the guy," Klieman said. "(The bowl game) is kind of a finish of the 2023 season with all the great seniors that are going to be playing in this bowl game, and then also a springboard to the 2024 season with Avery at the helm. We have a lot of skills guys who've been really productive for us, and he's going to get the opportunity to be the guy behind center. I know (offensive coordinator) Collin Klein is really excited to come up with a game plan for Avery. Avery has earned this opportunity and has waited for this opportunity.
"He's played good football when we've asked him to earlier this year, but now it's his show."
The Pop-Tarts Bowl is slated to start at 4:45 p.m. (CT) on Thursday, December 28 at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida.
The Wildcats will face an opponent looking to finish off a memorable season with a monumental victory.
NC State, 9-3, has a chance to win 10 games for the first time since 2002 and for just the second time in school history. The Wolfpack, who finished in the CFP Top 25 for a fourth straight year, closed out their ACC schedule with five straight wins, including upsets against Clemson, Miami and North Carolina in Raleigh.
"It says a lot about the perseverance and the grit of this team and staff and how we came together in a tough time," said NC State head coach Dave Doeren, who is in his ninth season directing the Wolfpack and his 13 year overall as a head coach. "We went through some difficult things in the middle of the season, and it really galvanized our team and brought us closer together. We were able to rattle off five in a row to finish the season, which has only been done one time in 100 years at NC State. I'm very proud of the legacy this team has created for itself and look forward to the opportunity to compete for a 10th win, which is a monumental thing here at NC State."
This will mark the Wildcats' seventh-ever game in the state of Florida and their first since a 28-24 win at Miami on September 24, 2011. It will also mark their first game against a current ACC member since a 52-13 home victory over Miami in 2012.
"What excites me is getting our team back together on Monday with Coach Tru (Trumain Carroll), our strength coach, while we're on the road recruiting and starting that build up for the bowl game," Klieman said.
Klieman added: "I know the people in Orlando are going to be excited about this matchup because it's two really good football teams and really good programs that are continuing to rise up in the eyes of the ACC and the Big 12. It's going to be a great game."
Georgia Tech Headed to Gasparilla Bowl
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THE FLATS – Georgia Tech will face UCF in the 2023 Union Home Mortgage Gasparilla Bowl on Friday, Dec. 22 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla., the Atlantic Coast Conference and the Gasparilla Bowl announced on Sunday. Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m. and the game will be televised nationally on ESPN.The bowl invitation is the 46th in Georgia Tech history, which is the 16th-most in college football history and the third-most for a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference (behind only Clemson ...
THE FLATS – Georgia Tech will face UCF in the 2023 Union Home Mortgage Gasparilla Bowl on Friday, Dec. 22 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla., the Atlantic Coast Conference and the Gasparilla Bowl announced on Sunday. Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m. and the game will be televised nationally on ESPN.
The bowl invitation is the 46th in Georgia Tech history, which is the 16th-most in college football history and the third-most for a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference (behind only Clemson – 50 and Florida State – 49). With a 25-20 all-time record in bowl games, Tech is tied for 13th all-time in bowl victories and stands alone in 13th all-time in bowl winning percentage (.556).
The Yellow Jackets are making their first-ever appearance in the Gasparilla Bowl, which originated in 2008. The Jackets are also facing UCF for the first time in a bowl but the sixth time overall. Georgia Tech owns a 3-2 against UCF, but the Golden Knights have won the last two games in the series in 2020 and 2022.
Georgia Tech earned its first bowl berth since 2018 after finishing 6-6 in the regular season, including a 5-3 mark in ACC play. The Yellow Jackets tied for fourth place in the ACC standings after being picked to finish 12th in the conference’s preseason poll. The Jackets have been especially potent on offense, ranking among the top five in the ACC in rushing (first – 197.1 ypg), total offense (third – 429.1 ypg), scoring offense (fourth – 31.2 ppg) and passing efficiency (fifth – 139.80).
Tech’s offense is led by redshirt-sophomore quarterback Haynes King (2,755 passing yards, 648 rushing yards, 26 touchdown passes, nine touchdown runs), who is one of only two players in the nation with at least 2,700 passing yards, 600 rushing yards, 25 touchdown passes and five touchdown runs this season, joining LSU’s Jayden Daniels. The Jackets’ offense also features redshirt-sophomore running back Jamal Haynes, a third-team all-ACC selection who ranks fifth in the league with 931 rushing yards this season and is on the verge of becoming Tech’s first 1,000-yard rusher since 2017.
Defensively, Tech ranks 13th nationally in takeaways (23) and fumble recoveries (10) and 20th in interceptions (13). Leading the way is redshirt-senior defensive back and second-team all-ACC honoree Jaylon King, who ranks 16th nationally in interceptions (4) and 17th in fumble recoveries (2) to go along with 68 tackles, eight pass breakups and a blocked kick.
In his first season as Georgia Tech’s permanent head coach, Brent Key’s first bowl game at the helm of the Yellow Jackets will be a reunion of sorts, as he spent 11 seasons (2005-15) as an assistant coach at UCF under legendary Georgia Tech and UCF head coach George O’Leary, beginning as a graduate assistant in 2005 and working his way up to assistant head coach and offensive coordinator before departing to become offensive line coach at Alabama in 2016.
Key has led the Yellow Jackets to 10 wins in one-plus season as the head coach at his alma mater (including a 4-4 record as interim head coach in 2022), surpassing the Jackets’ nine wins over the previous three seasons combined (2019-21). He finished fourth in voting for 2023 ACC Coach of the Year.
UCF is 6-6 this season, including a 3-6 conference record in its first season as a member of the Big 12. The Golden Knights went 3-1 over its final four games of the season to become bowl eligible, with wins over Cincinnati (28-26 on Nov. 4), then-No. 15 Oklahoma State (45-3 on Nov. 11) and Houston (27-13 on Nov. 25).
Tech fans are urged to strengthen the Yellow Jackets’ candidacy for future premier bowl selections, as well as guarantee the best seats alongside other Yellow Jacket fans in exclusive Tech seating areas, by purchasing Union Home Mortgage Gasparilla Bowl tickets directly from Georgia Tech.
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Competitive Drive Initiative Turn 2
Looking to build on the success of last year’s Competitive Drive Initiative, Georgia Tech, the Georgia Tech Foundation and Georgia Tech athletics are partnering once again to launch Competitive Drive Initiative Turn 2. CDI Turn 2 has a goal of raising $2.5 million in new gifts to the Alexander-Tharpe Fund’s Athletic Scholarship Fund by Dec. 31, and Georgia Tech and the Georgia Tech Foundation will match eligible gifts to accelerate the impact for Tech athletics. Like last year, not only will gifts to CDI Turn 2 be matched, but so will the contributor’s benefits in the way of A-T Fund giving levels and priority points. To learn more and contribute online, visit atfund.org/turn2.
Duke football to play in the Birmingham Bowl Dec. 23 against Troy
Editor's note: This article was published before Duke's bowl announcement was made official, mistakenly asserting that numerous Sunday reports were confirmation of its placement. Previous versions of this article, based on an Action Network report, a post on X, formerly known as Twitter, from the Big 12 and advertisements on the Gasparilla Bowl website, incorrectly reported that Duke would play in the Gasparilla Bowl against UCF. The Chronicle regrets the error.The Blue Devils are off to Birmingham.Duke has been select...
Editor's note: This article was published before Duke's bowl announcement was made official, mistakenly asserting that numerous Sunday reports were confirmation of its placement. Previous versions of this article, based on an Action Network report, a post on X, formerly known as Twitter, from the Big 12 and advertisements on the Gasparilla Bowl website, incorrectly reported that Duke would play in the Gasparilla Bowl against UCF. The Chronicle regrets the error.
The Blue Devils are off to Birmingham.
Duke has been selected to play Troy in the Birmingham Bowl at Protective Stadium Dec. 23 at 12 p.m. ET. The Blue Devils are headed to their second bowl game in as many years, and will take on the Trojans for the third time in program history and the first time since 2014.
"We are absolutely thrilled to accept the invitation to play in the 76th Birmingham Bowl," Duke athletic director Nina King said in a team release. "Our young men, coaches, and staff have earned the opportunity to play a 13th game this season and, led by our seniors, we'll prepare to compete against a terrific Troy University football team."
Duke was originally slated to play UCF in the Gasparilla Bowl, per a report from Brett McMurphy at Action Network. However, McMurphy later clarified that the Blue Devils moved to the Birmingham Bowl to avoid a rematch with the Knights, who they played last year in the Military Bowl.
Duke will now play Troy in Birmingham Bowl. Kickoff: Dec. 23 (Saturday), noon ET (ABC). Also, UCF will play Georgia Tech in Gasparilla Bowl. Kickoff: Dec. 22 (Friday), 6:30 pm (ESPN)ACC opponents were switched by conference & bowl organizers to avoid rematch of last year's…— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) December 3, 2023
After starting 4-0, Duke cooled off the rest of the year, due to both injuries and an extremely challenging ACC schedule. The Blue Devils were still able to finish 7-5, and will have a chance to reach eight wins in just a few short weeks.
"Special thanks to Mark Meadows and the 76th Birmingham Bowl for this opportunity — we are excited to travel to Birmingham and play an excellent Sun Belt champion Troy team," Duke interim head coach Trooper Taylor said.
Duke will have to await the announcement of the new coach to see who is coaching in the bowl, with the players available up in the air. However, Duke fans will likely get to send off captains Ja’Mion Franklin, Jacob Monk and DeWayne Carter before they move on to professional football.
The Birmingham Bowl bid is Duke’s 16th-ever bowl appearance and seventh since 2012. The Blue Devils’ all-time bowl record is 7-8, but they have won their last four in 2015, 2017, 2018 and 2022.