Bowl Prediction Contest Game 9- The Emerald Bowl

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

The Emerald Walnuts Bowl
San Francisco, CA- AT&T Park

Florida State (6-6)
v. UCLA (7-5)

Weather: Fair/Windy 56 Degrees

Past Results (4):

Dec. 29, 2005 Utah 38, Georgia Tech 10
Dec. 30, 2004 Navy 34, New Mexico 19
Dec. 31, 2003 Boston College 35, Colorado State 21
Dec. 31, 2002 Virginia Tech 20, Air Force 13

Player(s) to Watch: Florida State's DT's Broderick Bunkley (I'm an idiot....I meant Buster Davis who isn't even a DT.) and Andre Fluellen

Bank on this......UCLA plans on rushing the ball. The two big guys up front and the rest of the Seminole D are the only reason they even got to .500 on the year. Drew Weatherford (or whoever starts) is going to make mistakes. It's up to the defense to hold UCLA and give Weatherford a shorter field to work with.

UCLA's Junior Runningback #28- Chris Markey

Markey has 963 yards this season on 4.6 a carry. But oddly he only has 2 rushing TDs.....that might explain UCLA's Red Zone TD's being at only 41% (17 of 41). It's a good thing that UCLA is facing an anemic Florida State offense.

Deciding Factor(s): It's going to boil down to Defense and turnovers in this one. You could ultimately say that about any game, but I'm taking it a step further. One of these defenses will score a TD that will decide the game. The question is which one?

It's basically a wash in special teams with FSU having the better return game, and UCLA having the better kicker. Look for your boy FSU's Michael Ray Garvin to bust one tonight against UCLA's inconsistent coverage team.

Interesting Fact:
The UCLA defense has made as big a turnaround as any unit in the country. The Bruins were 116th nationally in rushing defense last season; now they are 11th (89.2 yards per game).

Spread: UCLA -4.5, O/U 38.5

AA's Pick and Analysis:
Good lord this is another tough one to pick. The smart pick is obviously UCLA who is peaking at the right time, but my gut is telling me FSU. I think I'm going to take the points in a close game, and FSU's defense might just pull it out for them.

Prediction UCLA 20-17.

I have no idea why they took the Walnuts part out of the Bowl, but it needs to come back. I should be around later if you'd like to have another pseudo Live-Blog. Good Luck.

So from the comments I can figure out two things.....Dan Fouts is involved.....not good. And I'm an idiot for thinking that Brodrick Bunkley=Buster Davis. Good start AA.....goooooood start.

P.S.- Thanks Anon for not laying into me harder. I'm feeling very emotional right now and that would have hurt my ego. Not really, but thanks.

7-0 Noles

Wait.....make that 7-7 after a 78 yard catch and run by Breazell. So much for low scoring. Let's make this exciting.

8:41- The Bruins look like they can pass all over State. FSU really needs to blitz every down if they want to keep up.

"Pressure from Geno Davis on the blitz (player gets up and his jersey says Hayes) make that Geno Hayes"- Dan Fouts, not that I'm one for making fun of people who mess names up.

Danny Boy freaks out as Medlock hits a FG...

10-7 UCLA.

8:48-"As Jack talked about this is a flat field because it's a baseball field"- DF, So most football games are played on a hill Dan?

"Steve Barth our referee from the USA.....Conference."- DF, that's Conference USA to those of us who watch football.

I love how Dan Fouts basically turns himself into the main announcer for games.....I thought he was an analyst?

If anyone remembers the quarterback from Not Another Teen Movie who runs on the balls of his feet, and prances around..........that's Cowan. He just looks awkward.

9:13- So awkward that he throws a money pass to Junior Taylor for the score 17-10 UCLA.

"Booker looks looked like he was heading to halelujah land"

20-13 Half. I think Dan Fouts has to be the worst announcer ever.

C- AA, Cowan isn't quite Not Another Teen Movie Quarterback to me -- he's totally the dude from American Pie.

Touche' C.....touche'.

Florida State blocks a punt and runs it in for the 23-20 lead. So much for that over/'s been destroyed.

On a short kickoff....."And the fair catch is signaled and....IT'S MIFFED!"

Posted by Awful Announcing- at 3:18 PM


I'll go with the Bruins.

twins15 said...
Dec 27, 2006, 4:05:00 PM  
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Signal to Noise said...
Dec 27, 2006, 5:25:00 PM  

If I can get back to .500, I'll be happy.

The Signal pick is still UCLA -- hometown pride is coloring the decision, but still...

Signal to Noise said...
Dec 27, 2006, 5:26:00 PM  

I am all over UCLA -4.5.

Everything is pointing their way right now, so lets roll with 'em.

Enjoy the game,

Greg Schueler

Anonymous said...
Dec 27, 2006, 5:58:00 PM  

Hey man, you need to post a bowl pick'em standings after tonights game. That way I can verify that I am, in fact, in dead last fucking place.

Jay said...
Dec 27, 2006, 5:59:00 PM  

I'll relegate myself to Just the bowls involving ACC teams. Just to say that I hope UCLA hands the criminoles a worse beating than Wake handed them in Tallahassee...

BJ said...
Dec 27, 2006, 6:42:00 PM  

if either of these teams scores 20 ill be shocked! Give me the bruins, and bet your next mortgage payment on the under!

WCT said...
Dec 27, 2006, 7:01:00 PM  

One of FSU's "Players to Watch" plays for the Philadelphia Eagles

Anonymous said...
Dec 27, 2006, 7:32:00 PM  

this is a joke... both teams are on the same sideline and they are playng in a baseball park...

WCT said...
Dec 27, 2006, 8:04:00 PM  

anon nice catch... Broderick Bunkley is a great player to watch. Also, keep an eye out for CB Deon Sanders and RB Warrick Dunn

WCT said...
Dec 27, 2006, 8:06:00 PM  

Is that Dan Fouts doing the play by play? Is this his first time? Good God! This is unwatchable.

The least they could do is give us Michelle TaFoya on the sidelines tonight to make up for the PbP.

Jay said...
Dec 27, 2006, 8:27:00 PM  

Wow I'm a douche. I meant Buster Davis (not Bunkley) who of course just forced a fumble. F me.

Just got home what did I miss? I saw the awkward "go to commercial and come right back because there wasn't a timeout" move by ESPN.

Dec 27, 2006, 8:30:00 PM  

Don't forget everybody. At halftime Desmond Howard is going to tell everyone how the Florida Gators can still make the comeback in tonights game against UCLA and pull off the big win!

Jay said...
Dec 27, 2006, 9:31:00 PM  

AA, Cowan isn't quite Not Another Teen Movie Quarterback to me -- he's totally the dude from American Pie.

Signal to Noise said...
Dec 27, 2006, 10:11:00 PM  

I'm having a hard time getting my mind to register Dan Fouts as "Worst. Announcer. Ever." after a season of Pam Ward, but I'm slowly coming around. That spectacle of saying absolutely nothing at the end of the third quarter was a whole new level of suck.

Signal to Noise said...
Dec 27, 2006, 10:55:00 PM  

Also, it is juvenile, stupid, and wrong...but I can't help but giggle every time FSU throws to D'Cody Fagg.

Signal to Noise said...
Dec 27, 2006, 10:59:00 PM  

FSU actually won!! And they scored points! The year is saved for us Seminole fans who can now savor a 7-6 season

Dec 28, 2006, 1:33:00 AM  

The production was first rate. Reminded me of the Mizzlou's broadcast of the 1982 Liberty Bowl.

Michael said...
Dec 28, 2006, 8:27:00 AM  

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