Saturday, December 30, 2006
My numbering is off somehow, so we're skipping ahead to game 17........
The Meineke Car Care Bowl
Charlotte, NC- Bank of America Stadium
Navy (9-3) v. Boston College (9-3)
Weather: Mostly Cloudy 60 Degrees, 30% Chance of Rain
Past Results (Quatro):
|Dec. 31, 2005||N.C. State 14, South Florida 0|
|Dec. 30, 2004||Boston College 37, North Carolina 24|
|Dec. 27, 2003||Virginia 23, Pittsburgh 16|
|Dec. 28, 2002||Virginia 48, West Virginia 22|
Player(s) to Watch: It would be Navy's FB Adam Ballard, but he broke his fibula against Army. I'm going with Sophomore QB #10 (wait for it....WAIT for it!) Kaipo-Noa Kaheaku-Enhada.
He's a backup who has done well. Basically Navy's whole offense is comprised of backups, but they have fit into the triple-option right away. I'm pretty sure Navy dresses 10 Fullbacks..
BC's Wide Receivers- Kevin Challenger and Tony Gonzalez
Navy's defense is pretty good up front. They are slow in the secondary though, and BC should look to go up top early. They won't though.
Deciding Factor(s): Size. BC's line will dwarf Navy's D. Navy has 8 seniors on defense and they'll have to use their head to get around and through BC's giants.
Also, Navy rushes the ball 99.99% of the time. They lead the Nation in rushing per game. Well BC ranks 13th against the rush. Something will have to give.
Spread: BC -6, O/U 48
AA's Pick and Analysis: Navy has won their past two Bowl Games almost with a chip on their shoulder(s). Well they have more to prove today, but the compeition has been upped versus those in the past.
I'm wanted to go with the Clemson/Kentucky Theory here.....considering BC never blows anyone out. The spread is just too low though. I'm picking BC by 7.
YES! Pam Ward and Mike Gottfried to start the day.