Miami Beach Bowl First Look: Western Kentucky vs. South Florida

    A first look at the Miami Beach Bowl between the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers and South Florida Bulls.

    December 6, 2015

    The 2015 Miami Beach Bowl will feature a matchup between the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers and South Florida Bulls.

    Miami Beach Bowl Bowl Broadcast Info

    Date: Monday, December 21
    Time: 2:30 pm ET
    Network: ESPN
    Venue: Marlins Park, Miami, FL 

    Western Kentucky completed what it set out to do in 2015—win a championship

    The Hilltoppers went wire-to-wire, no small achievement as the prohibitive preseason favorite, sweeping their Conference USA slate. After going 8-0 in the regular season, Western Kentucky rallied from a slow start Saturday to defeat Southern Miss and win its first title as an FBS program. As expected, this program has been driven by the offense, namely Brandon Doughty, who made the most of a sixth season by throwing 45 touchdown passes. If last season is any indication, a 49-48 hold-on-for-dear-life win over Central Michigan in the Bahamas Bowl, the Toppers will be one team that absolutely, positively shouldn’t be missed this postseason.

    At long last, South Florida has its breakthrough season under Willie Taggart

    Taggart began his third year in Tampa on the hot seat. He ended the regular season with eight wins to lock down the school’s first bowl berth and winning season since 2010. And he’ll enter the postseason with the wind at his back at a school believing it has the facilities and the recruiting territory to be a major player in the American. Hey, the Bulls almost won the East Division this fall, even slamming the eventual champ, Temple, 44-23. The turning point was the development of the offense, specifically sophomore QB Quinton Flowers, which produced nearly twice as many points per game as in 2014 and its highest output in eight years.

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