MONTGOMERY – The 10th annual Camellia Bowl will be played on Saturday, Dec. 23 at 11 a.m. CT (noon ET) at the historic Cramton Bowl in downtown Montgomery. The bowl will air on ESPN and feature teams from the Sun Belt Conference, the Mid-American Conference or Conference USA.
“We’re thrilled to be celebrating the Camellia Bowl’s 10th anniversary this year,” said executive director Johnny Williams. “We’ve enjoyed successful decade-long relationships with both ESPN and the Bowl Season while featuring many exciting games. We look forward to continuing that tradition as we welcome two accomplished programs and their passionate fanbases to Montgomery in December.”
Eight of the first nine games have been decided by eight points or less, including the inaugural Camellia Bowl in 2014 when Bowling Green defeated South Alabama 33-28. Last year, Buffalo became the first repeat winner of the bowl with a 23-21 win over Georgia Southern.
The Camellia Bowl is one of 17 college football bowl games owned and operated by ESPN Events.
College Football Kickoff Games Return to Montgomery in 2023
In addition to the postseason Camellia Bowl, Montgomery will host two preseason kickoff games this season. North Alabama will meet Mercer in the 9th FCS Kickoff on Saturday, Aug. 26 at 2:30 p.m. CT on ESPN – the sixth FCS Kickoff game played at historic Cramton Bowl. Also, Tuskegee and Fort Valley State will square off in the third annual Boeing Red Tails Classic on Sunday, Sept. 3 at 6 p.m. CT on ESPNU. Fort Valley State has defeated Tuskegee in the previous two games, which was created with ESPN Events in 2021 to honor the legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen.
CAMELLIA BOWL ALL-TIME RESULTS:
Dec. 20, 2014 Bowling Green 33, South Alabama 28
Dec. 19, 2015 Appalachian State 31, Ohio 29
Dec. 17, 2016 Appalachian State 31, Toledo 28
Dec. 16, 2017 Middle Tennessee 35, Arkansas St. 30
Dec. 15, 2018 Georgia Southern 23, E. Michigan 21
Dec. 21, 2019 Arkansas St. 34, FIU 26
Dec. 25, 2020 Buffalo 17, Marshall 10
Dec. 25, 2021 Georgia State 51, Ball State 20
Dec. 27, 2022 Buffalo 23, Georgia Southern 21
FCS KICKOFF ALL-TIME RESULTS:
Aug. 23, 2014 Eastern Washington 56, Sam Houston State 35 (Cheney, Washington)
Aug, 29, 2015 Montana State 38, North Dakota State 35 (Missoula, Montana)
Aug. 27, 2016 North Dakota State 24, Charleston Southern 17 (Fargo, ND)
Aug, 26, 2017 Jacksonville State 27, Chattanooga 13 (Montgomery)
Aug. 25, 2018 North Carolina A&T 20, Jacksonville State 17 (Montgomery)
Aug. 26, 2019 Youngstown State 45, Samford 20 (Montgomery)
Aug. 29, 2020 Central Arkansas 24, Austin Peay 17 (Montgomery)
Aug. 27, 2022 Jacksonville State 42, Stephen F. Austin 17 (Montgomery)
BOEING RED TAIL CLASSIC RESULTS:
Sept. 5, 2021 Fort Valley State 30, Tuskegee 0
Sept. 4, 2022 Fort Valley State 21, Tuskegee 6
About ESPN Events
ESPN Events, a division of ESPN, owns and operates a portfolio of collegiate sporting events nationwide. In 2023, the 32-event schedule includes four early-season college football kickoff games, 17 college bowl games, nine college basketball events, and a college softball event, in addition to a new a college gymnastics event coming in 2024. Collectively, these events account for over 400 hours of live programming on ESPN platforms, while reaching 60 million viewers and attracting more than 650,000 annual attendees. Each year, the portfolio of events features more than 20 Division I conferences and hosts over 4,000 participating student-athletes. With satellite offices in more than 10 cities across the country, ESPN Events builds relationships with conferences, schools and local communities, as well as providing unique experiences for teams and fans.