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It's official: Ball State is going bowling

Ball State's Christmas wish came true Sunday when they received an invitation to play in the Camellia Bowl on Christmas Day.

MUNCIE, Ind. — The Ball State Cardinals have accepted an invitation to play in the TaxAct Camellia Bowl against Georgia State. 

The Cardinals will face the Panthers on Christmas Day in Montgomery, Alabama. Kickoff is at 2:30 p.m. on ESPN and the Ball State Radio Network.

For the second consecutive season, head coach Mike Neu has led the Cardinals to a bowl game, something that has only happened twice in the history of the program— first in 2007-2008 and then again 2012-2013.  

The university explained this bowl game carries extra significance to Neu.

When Neu took on the role of head coach in 2016, Georgia State was his first opponent.

Ball State (6-6) won its last game of the season with a 20-3 victory over Buffalo. The Cardinals are one of eight bowl-eligible teams from the Mid-American Conference, including the entire West Division.

Georgia State (7-5) won six of its last seven games to close the regular season and finished 6-2 in Sun Belt Conference action.

With the invitation to this year's Camellia Bowl, Ball State will make its 11th bowl appearance and its third in the state of Alabama.

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