If you feel like there are more and more bowl games every year, that's because there are. One of those making its debut this postseason is the AutoNation Cure Bowl. Georgia State and San Jose State will meet Saturday in the first of three bowl games to be played in Orlando this postseason.
Here are three reasons to watch:
1. Georgia State makes bowl debut: What a year for Georgia State athletics. First, the basketball team made it to the third round of the NCAA tournament after upsetting Baylor. Now the football team is playing in a bowl game for the first time in program history. The Panthers have only been playing football since 2010, but the 6-6 finish is quite an accomplishment after they went 5-41 the previous four seasons. And what's even more amazing is they started the season 2-6. They had to win their last four games just to become bowl eligible.
2. Tyler Ervin's last game: It's likely that not many folks outside Northern California know the name Tyler Ervin, but the entire country will get to see his talents on display Saturday. The San Jose State running back has rushed for 1,469 yards, third-best in the Mountain West Conference and 11th among all FBS running backs entering the postseason. He also has 13 rushing touchdowns. In Week 4, he set the school record with 300 yards rushing against Fresno State, and the very next week, he went for 160 yards and a touchdown against an SEC defense (Auburn). The guy has NFL potential and could very well hear his name called in April's draft.
3. California connection: Georgia State quarterback Nick Arbuckle was pretty happy when he saw the opponent for the Cure Bowl. Arbuckle, a California native, remembers San Jose State passing on him when he was in high school. After two seasons at junior college, Arbuckle eventually earned a scholarship at Georgia State, and now he's the Sun Belt's leading passer. The senior has thrown for 4,160 yards, sixth-best nationally, with 26 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. He'll have his hands full Saturday, though, against a San Jose State defense that is giving up only 153.6 passing yards per game this season. He'll be plenty motivated to show the Spartans what they passed on.