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Appalachian State headed to Raycom Media Camellia Bowl

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The Appalachian State Mountaineers are headed back to Montgomery, Alabama, for a second straight appearance in the Raycom Media Camellia Bowl on December 17.

Sunbelt Conference co-champs App State (9-3) will face Mid-American conference foe Toledo (9-3).

“This could be one of the best group of five match-ups that there is with Toledo 9 and 3, we’re 9 and 3," said ASU Director of Athletics Doug Gillin. "There’s a lot of subplots, two running backs searching for five thousand yards, two coaches that worked together at Toledo so there’s a lot of interesting subplots to this game."

The Mountaineers won last year's Raycom Media Camellia Bowl 31-29 over Ohio in a game that attracted 1.9 million viewers on ESPN.

Appalachian is in its third season in the FBS, the highest level of college football.  Last year's Raycom Media Camellia Bowl was the team's bowl debut.

There is excitement in the Boone area for the team to be once again playing on the national stage.

“Football is such a big part of our business structure here from a tourism standpoint and an overall awareness of the community standpoint, so a winner breeds crowds, it breeds excitement," said David Jackson, President and CEO of the Boone Area Chamber of Commerce and former App State radio play-by-play announcer. “When they perform well that just puts more eyes on Boone, North Carolina,on the High Country region at times where that’s very beneficial for us.”

This year's game will again be televised on ESPN with kick-off set for 5:30 (EST).

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