Saturday, December 30, 2006
The Non-Sponsored Alamo Bowl
San Antonio, TX- Alamo Dome
Iowa (6-6) v. Texas (9-3)
Weather: Cloudy 60 Degrees, 20% Chance of Rain
Past Results (13):
|Dec. 28, 2005||Nebraska 32, Michigan 28|
|Dec. 29, 2004||Ohio State 33, Oklahoma State 7|
|Dec. 29, 2003||Nebraska 17, Michigan State 3|
|Dec. 28, 2002||Wisconsin 31, Colorado 28|
|Dec. 29, 2001||Iowa 19, Texas Tech 16|
|Dec. 30, 2000||Nebraska 66, Northwestern 17|
|Dec. 29, 1999||Penn State 24, Texas A&M 0|
|Dec. 29, 1998||Purdue 37, Kansas State 34|
|Dec. 30, 1997||Purdue 33, Oklahoma St 20|
|Dec. 29, 1996||Iowa 27, Texas Tech 0|
|Dec. 28, 1995||Texas A&M 22, Michigan 20|
|Dec. 31, 1994||Washington State 10, Baylor 3|
|Dec. 31, 1993||California 37, Iowa 3|
Player(s) to Watch: Texas' RB #25- Jamaal Charles
With Colt McCoy ailing the Longhorns look to get going with the running game. Charles only has 805 yards on the season, but look for him to add a good bit to that total today.
Iowa's Wide Receiver #88- Dominique Douglas
Drew Tate would be the obvious choice, but I hate picking QB's as players to watch. That's no fun. I don't think Iowa is going to be able to run against Texas, so they're going to have to have a hell of a passing game and Douglas is Tate's go to guy.
Deciding Factor(s): Iowa's defense. Period. They have to slow Texas down and keep it low scoring.
Spread: Texas -8.5, O/U 54
AA's Pick and Analysis: Interesting stat.....when Iowa scores over 17 points they are 6-0, but when they score under they are 0-6. I think this special little statistic ends today though as Texas proves to be WAY too much for Iowa.
Atlanta, GA- Georgia Dome
Georgia (8-4) v. Virginia Tech (10-2)
Past Results (A ton.....Bowl started in 1968):
|Dec. 30, 2005||LSU 40, Miami (Fla.) 3|
|Dec. 31, 2004||Miami (Fla.) 27, Florida 10|
|Jan. 2, 2004||Clemson 27, Tennessee 14|
|Dec. 31, 2002||Maryland 30, Tennessee 3|
|Dec. 31, 2001||North Carolina 16, Auburn 10|
|Dec. 29, 2000||LSU 28, Georgia Tech 14|
|Dec. 30, 1999||Mississippi State 17, Clemson 7|
|Dec. 30, 1998||Georgia 35, Virginia 33|
|Jan. 2, 1998||Auburn 21, Clemson 17|
|Dec. 28, 1996||LSU 10, Clemson 7|
Player(s) to Watch: Virginia Tech's RB #28- Branden Ore
Is over 1,000 yards on the season, but was injured against Wake Forest. He's had a month to recover and Tech will need him against a good Georgia D.
Georgia's RB #6- Gregg Lumpkin
Just like Ore.....Lumpkin is the key to Georgia's offense. He had one 20 carry game this season.....a win over Auburn.
Deciding Factor(s): Establishing the run on both sides of the ball. Both QBs are shaky at best, and need a good bit of time to throw the ball. Look for a low scoring first quarter with both teams trying to open it up in the second.
Spread: Virginia Tech -3, O/U 37.5
AA's Pick and Analysis: Being from Virginia there isn't a team that's shoved down your throat than the Hokies. I hate the Hokies. I hate them with a passion. I love to watch them lose because their fans freak out like it's the end of the world. Good times really.
Well I don't think I'm going to get that feeling of joy today. Tech just has faster, bigger, and more athletic players than Georgia.
Prediction Virginia Tech 20-13