The primary Saturday of school soccer’s bowl season is within the books. From Ohio’s excellent freshman to a torrential downpour in Orlando, listed below are the day’s winners and losers.
Ohio operating again Rickey Hunt: The Bobcats freshman delivering a file efficiency after barely taking part in in the course of the common season. Getting into Ohio’s 41-21 win over Georgia Southern, Hunt had seven touches for 22 yards. He completed Saturday’s recreation with 133 complete yards and 5 touchdowns, tied for the most in bowl recreation historical past, setting him up for a big position in 2024.
Solar Belt: The convention has probably the most bowl groups this 12 months (12) however bought off to a tough begin to its bowl season. It went 1-2, together with Georgia Southern’s ugly loss to Ohio and Louisiana’s 34-31 time beyond regulation loss within the New Orleans Bowl regardless of profitable the turnover battle 4-0. The one constructive was Appalachian State’s rain-soaked 13-9 win within the Treatment Bowl over Miami (Ohio).
Jacksonville State: The Gamecocks confirmed how absurd the NCAA’s rule blocking first- or second-year FBS packages from qualifying for a bowl recreation is of their time beyond regulation New Orleans Bowl win. Wealthy Rodriguez’s workforce outgained the Ragin’ Cajuns 526-247, proving it belonged regardless of its struggles to guard the ball. Per Game On Paper, Jacksonville State had the next explosive play charge, defensive cease charge and dominated the “Center 8,” or the final 4 minutes of the primary half and the primary 4 minutes of the second half. Due to the NCAA’s rule, Jacksonville State – which can enter its second FBS season in 2024 – might discover itself in the identical place subsequent season.
Myrtle Seaside Bowl: It has been 4 years for the reason that inaugural Myrtle Seaside Bowl and the bowl remains to be looking for its first aggressive recreation. Together with Ohio’s win over Georgia Southern on Saturday, the common margin of victory within the 4 video games within the bowl’s historical past is eighteen.8 factors. The attendance this 12 months additionally dipped from a excessive of 12,023 in 2022 to 8,059, an indication individuals are wising as much as the worst bowl recreation on the schedule.
Florida A&M: The Celebration Bowl become a thriller after Florida A&M was put in as a 7.5-point favourite over Howard pregame. The Bison jumped out to a 14-0 lead within the first 5 minutes and led 26-24 following a fourth-quarter pick-six lead, however the Rattlers averted the upset with a flea-flicker landing halfway via the fourth and a pair of interceptions (together with one with below two minute) to ice the 30-26 win.