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Arkansas State, Northern Illinois meet in Camellia Bowl in clash of two 6-6 teams

This will be Northern Illinois' 15th bowl trip (4-10) and their 12th since 2008


LINCOLN, NEBRASKA – SEPTEMBER 16: Tight end Christion Carter #11 of the Northern Illinois Huskies celebrates scoring against the Nebraska Cornhuskers in the fourth quarter at Memorial Stadium on September 16, 2023 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)

Arkansas State (6-6, Sun Belt) vs Northern Illinois (6-6, Mid-American Conference), Dec. 23, noon ET.

LOCATION: Montgomery, Alabama


Arkansas State: QB Jaylen Raynor, the Sun Belt freshman of the year, has 2,293 yards passing, 15 touchdowns, six interceptions, five rushing TDs.

Northern Illinois: RB Antario Brown, first-team All-MAC, has 1,164 yards, 10 touchdowns, 6.2 yards per carry.


Arkansas State: Bowl eligible for the first time since 2019. Rebounded after getting outscored 110-3 in the first two games against Oklahoma and Memphis. Set Sun Belt record with 77 points in a win over Texas State on Nov. 18.

Northern Illinois: Opened with 27-24 overtime win over Boston College, then lost its next four. Has won five of its last seven games. Ranks sixth nationally in pass defense, allowing 163.9 yards per game.


Northern Illinois 38, Arkansas State 20 in Bowl (Jan. 8, 2012).


Arkansas State: Is 8-8-1 in bowl games and making the third appearance in the Camellia Bowl (1-1).

Northern Illinois: Making 15th bowl trip (4-10) and 12th since 2008. First appearance in the Camellia Bowl.

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