Bowl Prediction Contest Game 1- The Poinsettia Bowl Open Thread

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

TCU (10-2) v. Northern Illinois (7-5)

Date/Time: Dec. 19, 8 p.m. ET
Site: Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego

Network: ESPN2

Weather: Clear, Low of 42 Degrees

Past Results (1):
Navy 51 Colorado State 30

Player(s) to Watch: NIU Senior Running Back #1- Garret Wolfe
Wolfe leads the Nation in rushing with 1900 Yards

TCU's Defense
Ranked #4 in the Nation against the run (67.6 ypg), but has only faced one running back who has over 1,000 yards this season (Rodney Ferguson- New Mexico)

Deciding Factor(s): Only 1......What can the nation's leading rusher do against on of the nation's best run defenses. Turnovers should play a huge role (like they always do) as both teams have mediocre Quarterbacks.

Spread: TCU -12, O/U 47

AA's Pick and Analysis:
I'm going with the Horned Frogs in this one. They've played better competition and have been playing better as of late. Garrett Wolfe is amazing, but he's been rundown as of late, and has yet to equal his performances in the beginning of the year. With that said I think the over is a great bet. I don't bet anymore, but if I did this would be a 3-Star play for those in the know.

Prediction 34-20.

Good luck to all. Thanks for playing the game and stop by for analysis of the game and announcing.

Blogger has been running a tad slow tonight, so we're behind on the Live(ish) Blog. Admitedly we've been watching the Duke/Kent State basketball game a little bit as well.

As far as the contest we've got about 30 entrants. Great response everyone. I'll post all the folks tomorrow. Thanks for the interest and good luck!

End of the 1st quarter......TCU 6- NIU 0

Make that 13-0 TCU.

By the way....your announcers for tonight:

Rece Davis, Mark May, and Lou Holtz

......and NCAA leading rusher Garrett Wolfe has -6 Yards Rushing.

For as old as Lou Holtz is, and how hard it is to understand him, he actually makes some great points during a broadcast.

30-0 TCU......we're looking at a blowout here folks.

37-7 Final....TCU. Hope you were on the right side of that one. Next game: Thursday, December 21st. The Las Vegas Bowl.....BYU v. Oregon

Posted by Awful Announcing- at 3:07 PM


I will enter my picks here as well and see how I compare.

I will also go with TCU -12 in the Poinsettia Bowl.

TCU should crush Northern Illinois by double that number.

Good luck,
Greg Schueler
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Greg Schueler said...
Dec 19, 2006, 4:58:00 PM  

Damn, that was like a serious breakdown and analysis of the game. ESPN should fire Lou Holtz and hire you.

I suspect TCU will pound them too. But, what do I know?

Jay said...
Dec 19, 2006, 6:02:00 PM  

Ha....thanks Jay. And I'm taking that as your entry.

Dec 19, 2006, 6:31:00 PM  

Give me the Huskies. A horned frog has the mean mugg look, but 9 times out of 10 it would get pwn3ed by a Husky.

BJ said...
Dec 19, 2006, 7:08:00 PM  

TCU almost went undefeated a few seasons ago but lost 1 game, to my SMU Mustangs...go Stangs!

Mini Me said...
Dec 19, 2006, 8:54:00 PM  

i pray that Lou Holtz says during some point in the remainder of this game:
"TCU soundly squashes opposing team"

Speedy said...
Dec 19, 2006, 10:28:00 PM  

Lou Holtz just demonstrated the glorious power of hindsight:

"If Northern Illinois had kicked the field goal a few minutes ago when the situation called for it, the score would be 30-10."

A few minutes ago, however, he was asked directly if the field goal was the right move, and responded by mumbling something about having a game plan.

Brian said...
Dec 19, 2006, 10:43:00 PM  

How many people were at that game? Did the WWL ever show a shot of the stands?

I am sure for the 2,000 combined fans sitting in the end zones this game beat another night on a park bench or the bus station.

I truly hope both schools had to buy tickets in order to participate in this farce. NIU has no alumni base and TCU's alumni are still wondering why the Frogs cannot recruit the next Slingin' Sammy Baugh and get another trip to the Cotton Bowl.

Michael said...
Dec 20, 2006, 12:34:00 AM  

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