What should I know about the two teams in the Cure Bowl?
Georgia State (6-5, 5-3 in Sun Belt)
The Panthers wrapped up their first season in a new home: the converted Turner Field, which used to house the Braves and is now called Georgia State Stadium. This program has come a long way and just had a pretty nice first year under head coach Shawn Elliott, formerly of South Carolina.
Where is the Cure Bowl, and how can I watch?
Stadium and city: Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Fla.
Date and time: Dec. 16, 2:30 p.m. ET
This marks GSU’s second bowl in its five years of FBS ball. The first was in 2015, when Trent Miles got a team that had gone 1-23 in its first two season up to a 6-6 regular season before a loss in the Cure Bowl. The Panthers could be relevant in the Sun Belt for a while.
Read more about them at SB Nation’s Underdog Dynasty.
Western Kentucky (6-6, 4-4 in Conference USA)
The Hilltoppers fell off a bit in their first year without Jeff Brohm, the head coach who left for Purdue after leading them to back-to-back C-USA titles. Some regression was always likely, and the Tops were indeed a lot worse this season — particularly on offense — than in 2016. That’s the bad news.
But the good news is that this is a solid program, and Mike Sanford was able to get WKU into a bowl in his first year on the job. This makes four consecutive years of bowling for the Hilltoppers, who’d never made a bowl at all in their brief FBS history before Willie Taggart took them to the Little Caesars Bowl in 2012.