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Eastern Michigan and South Alabama went head-to-head in a 5-part game show series

 MOBILE, Ala. – The action is already heating up in the Port City as Eastern Michigan and South Alabama kicked off the activities for the 25th Annual 68 Ventures Bowl with a welcome reception and game show battle at Fort Whiting Tuesday night.

Both teams are in town and ready to continue preparations for Saturday’s game, which will kickoff at 6:00 p.m. at Hancock Whitney Stadium.

The athletic directors were welcomed by 68 Ventures founder Nathan Cox and Mobile mayor Sandy Stimpson, who presented keys to the city to each university representative.

EMU is in a bowl game for the sixth time in the last seven seasons and is back at the 68 Ventures Bowl for the second time in three years. 

“We are honored to be back in Mobile again,” EMU head coach Chris Creighton said. “We had a great time during the week right until pregame, which we are hoping to change this time around.”

USA is making consecutive bowl appearances for the first time in program history, and its first in its hometown city.

“We are looking forward to representing Our City once again,” USA head coach Kane Wommack said. “And to play in our home stadium is a special thing for our team and fans.”

Following a welcome press conference, both teams participated in a series of five game show activities, accumulating points with each show and challenge. EMU won the event, 3-2.

On Wednesday, both teams will participate in community service projects around Mobile and Baldwin County before holding practice in the early afternoon. USA will work out on campus at the Jaguar Training Facility from 12:55-2:50 p.m., with media availability immediately following. EMU will conduct a closed practice at UMS-Wright.