Russell Athletic Bowl: What Time, TV Channel & Preview

The early bowl schedule usually doesn’t allow for two highly-ranked teams to get together. The Russell Athletic Bowl however will give college football fans a feast to enjoy on December 29 at the Florida Citrus Bowl when the 11-2 North Carolina Tar Heels face the 9-3 Baylor Bears. It is a matchup made in heaven for fans who can watch a game on a Tuesday afternoon before most are off from work.

North Carolina rode an eleven-game winning streak into the ACC title game where they would lose 45-37 to Clemson. Marquise Williams has passed for 2,829 yards, 21 touchdowns and nine interceptions this season and has a target any quarterback would want in Mack Hollins. Hollins has 28 catches for 711 yards and eight touchdowns. Elijah Hood has been a hard man to stop in the ground game with 1,345 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns. The Tar Heels have a chip on their shoulder now and average 486.9 yards a game and want to prove something in this game.

Baylor lost three of their last four games which included losing 23-17 to Texas to end the regular season. The Bears will also be without their three biggest stars in Jarrett Stidham, Corey Coleman and Shock Linwood for this game which hampers the Baylor attack in a very big way. Chris Johnson will quarterback the Bears with his 220 passing yards and three touchdowns for the season. Johnny Jefferson will take over the running game and has 701 rushing yards and five touchdowns. The next leading receiver for Baylor is KD Cannon, who had 46 catches for 828 yards and six touchdowns. The Bears have a big test ahead of them.

What time is the Russell Athletic Bowl?

The Russell Athletic Bowl will begin at 5:30 p.m. Eastern.

What date and channel will the Russell Athletic Bowl be on?

The Russell Athletic Bowl will be played on Tuesday, December 29 and can be seen on ESPN.

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