Were you ever treated to the story of Bowl Claus — the magical man who lives in Atlanta, Georgia, considered by many to be the North Pole of the South. He lives below an unspecified Chick-fil-A where he survives on unsold chicken sandwiches and spends the year preparing gifts for the good college football fans.

Then, every year on Camellia Bowl Eve, Bowl Claus flies around the United States on the private bowl jet he built for himself to deliver the gifts. Boosters receive money from unknown origins to use toward that coaching buyout they’ve been asking for. Good fans receive new bottles of face paint and attire in their favorite team’s colors. College football bettors receive redeemable vouchers to make up for that one horrible beat from last week.

Then, after traveling around the entire country in one night spreading bowl season cheer, Bowl Claus heads to Montgomery, Alabama, and the Cramton Bowl so he can watch the Camellia Bowl in person. It’s his last gift to us all, and this year Bowl Claus is giving us Ball State and Georgia State.

Ball State vs. Georgia State: Need to know

Georgia State is looking for its best season ever: On the one hand, Georgia State has been successful for a program that has existed on the FBS level for only nine seasons. This Camellia Bowl appearance is the program’s third straight postseason appearance and fifth bowl game overall. On the other hand, Georgia State has never finished a season better than 7-5. The Panthers enter this game with a mark of 7-5, meaning a win over Ball State would give the program its first eight-win season in its short history.

Ball State took a step back this season: Last season in a COVID-shortened campaign, Mike Neu’s team went 7-1 and beat Buffalo to win the MAC title. The Cardinals…



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