WSTX Sports’ Bowl Game Guide
Hello Tiger Nation! As you take time to relax over the holidays, the College Football season will soon be coming to an end. Division I Bowl Games have been set, and this year there are twelve former Tigers playing. Bowl game, time, and dates are posted below so you can keep up with your favorite former Tigers. Good Luck to them all!
Air Force Falcons (9-3)
18 Jackie Arnold – SS
Arizona Bowl – Dec. 30th vs. South Alabama – 5:30 PM
The Falcons come into the game with a five game winning streak.
Arkansas Razorbacks (7-5)
96 Karl Roesler – DL
Belk Bowl – Dec. 29th vs. Virginia Tech – 5:30 PM – ESPN
The Razorbacks closed the regular season with a 28-24 loss to Missouri. Roesler, meanwhile, finished the regular season with six tackles and 1.5 sacks on the year.
Colorado State Rams (7-5)
12 Deonte Clyburn – LB
Idaho Potato Bowl – Dec. 22nd vs. Idaho – 7:00 PM – ESPN
The Rams closed the season with a solid win over San Diego State, winning 63-31.
20 Florida Gators (8-4)
30 Garret Stephens – CB
Outback Bowl – Jan. 2nd vs. 21 Iowa – 1:00 PM – ABC
Florida won the SEC East for the second straight year in a stunning victory over LSU. However, two weeks later the Gators lost to undefeated Alabama 54-16 in the SEC Championship Game.
Kentucky Wildcats (7-5)
88 Charles Walker – WR
37 Spencer Foy – LB
Taxslayer Bowl – Dec. 31st vs. Georgia Tech – 11:00 AM – ESPN
The Wildcats have reached a bowl game for the first time since the 2010 season. They finished the season with a big 41-38 upset over rival Louisville in the final game of the regular season. Charles Walker saw his special teams duties expand this year, becoming the team’s punt returner where he averaged 8.4 yards a return and scored on one occasion. He tallied three receptions for 28 yards and also had three special teams tackles.
15 Louisville Cardinals (9-3)
42 Tyler Polston – TE
60 Tyler Haycraft – OL
63 Nathan Scheler – OL
29 Mason King – P
Citrus Bowl – Dec. 31st vs. 19 LSU – 11:00 AM – ABC
The Cardinals had a shot at getting in one of the six New Year’s day bowl games, but saw those chances dwindle after two consecutive losses in the final games of the year. Their consolation was to play 19th ranked LSU in the Citrus Bowl. Mason King very much became an unsung hero for the Cardinals. Though he is a redshirt freshman, he was the top punter in the class, averaging 42.7 yards per punt.
Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (10-3)
49 Jake Collins – K
51 Clark Campbell – LB
Boca Raton Bowl – Dec. 20th vs. Memphis – 7:00 PM – ESPN
The Hilltoppers won their final 7 games of the regular season, winning the Conference USA Championship along the way. Jake Collins continued to be one of the top punters in the nation this year, averaging 42.9 yards per punt.