“People remember that, not just Georgia State fans, but football fans across the country,” Elliott said. “I’ve had numerous people come up to me and say they remembered that day and that bowl celebration. It brings great attention and we get a lot of notice from it.”
The Camelia Bowl is one of five bowls that have a tie-in with the Sun Belt Conference.
The winner of this week’s Sun Belt Championship game between Appalachian State and Louisiana-Lafayette is automatically headed to the New Orleans Bowl for a Dec. 21 meeting against a team from Conference USA.
The loser of the championship game most likely will go to the Arizona Bowl on Dec. 31 in Tucson, Ariz., and face a team from the Mountain West Conference.
That leaves the Cure Bowl on Dec. 21 and the LendingTree Bowl in Mobile, Ala., on Jan. 6. One will take Georgia Southern, the other will take Arkansas State.
The Cure Bowl is unlikely to want Georgia State to return so soon. Likewise, the Camellia Bowl has hosted Georgia Southern in 2018 and Arkansas State in 2017, leaving it as Georgia State’s likely landing spot.
Regardless, Elliott plans to find a way to combine business and pleasure during the bowl trip.
“It’s an opportunity to go spend four or five days in a destination and enjoy the time we have there,” Elliott said. “The last time we went down (to Orlando for the Cure Bowl), I told them we were going to use the opportunity to get better as a football team and we were going to enjoy the week. We were going to concentrate and do the things necessary to win the football game, but were going to us it as a reward for our team for how hard they worked.”