Marshall faces Central Florida in Tampa's Gasparilla Bowl

Central Florida quarterback Dillon Gabriel (11) sprints away from the South Florida defense during the second half of an NCAA college football game Friday, Nov. 29, 2019, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/Willie J. Allen Jr.)
Central Florida quarterback Dillon Gabriel (11) sprints away from the South Florida defense during the second half of an NCAA college football game Friday, Nov. 29, 2019, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/Willie J. Allen Jr.)

Central Florida (9-3, AAC) vs. Marshall (8-4,Conference USA), Dec. 23, 2:30 p.m. ET, ESPN.

LOCATION: Tampa, Florida

TOP PLAYERS:

UCF: QB Dillon Gabriel threw for 3,393 yards and 27 touchdowns. The freshman from Hawaii averaged 283 passing yards per game.

Marshall: RB Brenden Knox rushed for 1,284 yards and 11 touchdowns.

NOTABLE:

UCF: The Knights finished second to Cincinnati in the AAC East, losing in conference play to the Bearcats and Tulsa. The bowl game in Tampa should be a virtual home game for UCF, which is located in Orlando.

Marshall: The Herd finished second to FAU in the Conference USA East division after beating the Owls in the regular season. They lost a tough one to Boise State 14-7 on Sept. 6.

LAST TIME

The teams have never met.

BOWL HISTORY

UCF: A short but interesting bowl history. UCF is 4-6 in bowl games but played in high-profile New Year's Day games the past two seasons. In 2018 the Knights beat Auburn in the Peach Bowl before falling to LSU 40-32 in last year's Fiesta Bowl.

Marshall: The Herd are 12-3 in bowl games and have won in their last seven appearances. They are playing in the Gasparilla Bowl for the second straight year after beating South Florida 38-20 last Dec. 20.

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