South Alabama Earns Third Bowl Appearance in Program History
The Crimson Tide won’t be the only team from Alabama spending its postseason in New Orleans.
The South Alabama Jaguars will face conference rival Western Kentucky in the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl, set to be played at 8 p.m. CT on Dec. 21. That game will be broadcasted on ESPN.
The New Orleans Bowl will be the third bowl appearance by the Jaguars in program history, and their first since former head coach Joey Jones led them to the Arizona Bowl in 2016 where the team lost to Air Force. In their two lone bowl appearances, the Jaguars are 0-2.
South Alabama has had a rather successful season in the second year of head coach Kane Wommack’s tenure, leading the team to a 10-2 record and going 7-1 in conference play. The team's only losses were a one-point loss to UCLA, and a four-point loss to Sun Belt Conference champion Troy.
South Alabama’s opponent, the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers, finished third in Conference USA play with an 8-5 record, going 6-2 in conference play. This is the third consecutive year the Hilltoppers will play in a bowl game and hold a 9-5 bowl record in program history.