New Orleans Bowl Matchup
Middle Tennessee (8-5, Conference USA) vs. Appalachian State (10-2, Sun Belt Conference), Dec. 15, 9 p.m. EST (ESPN)
LOCATION: New Orleans
Middle Tennessee: Veteran quarterback Brent Stockstill has thrown for 3,214 yards, 28 touchdowns and eight interceptions.
Appalachian State: Running back Darrynton Evans has 1,079 yards rushing and seven touchdowns. He’s averaging 6.5 yards per carry.
Middle Tennessee: The Blue Raiders lost 27-25 to UAB in the Conference USA championship game on Saturday. Middle Tennessee played three games against SEC foes this year in a difficult nonconference schedule, losing to Vanderbilt, Georgia and Kentucky.
Appalachian State: The Mountaineers have won five straight games, including a 30-19 win over Louisiana-Lafayette on Saturday. Appalachian State nearly knocked off Penn State in the season opener before losing 45-38 in overtime.
Appalachian State 18, Middle Tennessee 7. (Sept. 14, 1974.)
Middle Tennessee: Second appearance in New Orleans Bowl, 10th bowl appearance overall.
Appalachian State: First appearance in New Orleans Bowl, fourth bowl appearance overall.