Showing posts with label The Sun Bowl. Show all posts
Showing posts with label The Sun Bowl. Show all posts

Bowl Season Open Thread: The Armed Forces, Humanitarian, And Sun Bowls

Monday, December 31, 2007

We get another full day of Bowl Games and some pretty good matchups. I'm going to throw up the Post Season Pammy Top 10 after this post and put up the three later matchups after that. There's also going to be a little Mercury Morris video in there as well. Should be a fun day.....hope you can join in.

CAL vs. Air Force
The Armed Forces Bowl
12:30 PM ET, December 31, 2007
Amon Carter Stadium , Fort Worth , TXw

Weather: Sunny with gusty winds. High 59 Degrees
Spread: CAL -4.5, O/U 57
AA's Pick: CAL -4....again, buy the half (Record 9-5-1)
Announcers: Dan Fouts, Tim Brant(ESPN)

Team Leaders

California Passing: Longshore- 59.8%, 2544 Yards, 16 TDs, 13 INTs
Air Force Passing: Carney- 62.2%, 1423 Yards, 8 TDs, 5 INTs
California Rushing: Forsett- 282 Carries, 1406 Yards, 5.0 avg, 13 TDs
Air Force Rushing: Hall- 211 Carries, 1415 Yards, 6.7 avg, 14 TDs

California Receiving: Hawkins- 69 Catches, 855 Yards, 12.4 avg, 5 TDs
Air Force Receiving: Hall- 46 Catches, 488 Yards, 10.6 avg, 1 TD

Georgia Tech vs. Fresno State
Humanitarian Bowl
2:00 PM ET, December 31, 2007
Bronco Stadium , Boise , ID

Weather: 30 Degrees, Sunny
Spread: Georgia Tech -6, O/U 54
AA's Pick: Fresno +6
Announcers: Dave Lamont, James Hasty (ESPN2)

Team Leaders

Georgia Tech Passing: Bennnett- 49.0%, 2045 Yards, 6 TDs, 9 INTs
Fresno State Passing: Brandstater- 61.2%, 2369 Yards, 14 TDs, 5 INTs

Georgia Tech Rushing: Choice- 249 Carries, 1310 Yards, 5.3 avg, 10 TDs
Fresno State Rushing: Mathews- 145 Carries, 866 Yards, 6.0 avg, 14 TDs

Georgia Tech Receiving: Smith- 34 Catches, 543 Yards, 16.0 avg, 2 TDs
Fresno State Receiving: Moore- 41 Catches, 614 Yards, 15.0 avg, 5 TDs

#21 South Florida vs. Oregon
The Sun Bowl
2:00 PM ET, December 31, 2007
Sun Bowl , El Paso , TX

Weather: Sunny. High 62 Degrees
Spread: South Florida -7, O/U 52
AA's Pick: Definitely take the under here...and I'm going with the USF -7.
Announcers: Craig Bolerjack, Steve Beuerlein (CBS)

Team Leaders

South Florida Passing: Grothe- 59.9%, 2473 Yards, 13 TDs, 12 INTs
Oregon Passing: Dixon (out)- 67.7%, 2136 Yards, 20 TDs, 4 INTs

South Florida Rushing: Grothe- 184 Carries, 832 Yards, 4.5 avg, 10 TDs
Oregon Rushing: Stewart- 257 Carries, 1469 Yards, 5.7 avg, 10 TDs
South Florida Receiving: Mitchell- 37 Catches, 537 Yards, 14.5 avg, 4 TDs
Oregon Receiving: Williams- 51 Catches, 804 Yards, 15.8 avg, 7 TDs

"He can find the hole and he explodes through it." - Tim Brant (Via fairplay)

An Oklahoma D-Lineman allegedly stole a coat from a Burlington Coat Factory in Arizona & got sent home from the Fiesta Bowl. Robert Smith's reaction: "Now you know you don't need no coat in Arizona."


Bowl Prediction Contest Games 12 & 13- The Music City and Sun Bowls

Friday, December 29, 2006

Wow.....5 Bowls today. This was the day I dreaded. Let's see what I can put together. We'll go two, two, and one in the previews. The spreads are Clemson -9.5, Oregon St. -3.5, S Carolina -5.5, Texas Tech -6, Purdue -1. Feel free to post your picks in this spread and good luck.

The Gaylord (Focker) Hotels Music City Bowl presented by Bridgestone
(Longest. Bowl Name. Ever)
Nashville, TN- LP Field


Kentucky (7-5) v. Clemson (8-4)

Mostly Cloudy 46 Degrees, 10% chance of Rain

Past Results (8):

Dec. 30, 2005 Virginia 34, Minnesota 31
Dec. 31, 2004 Minnesota 20, Alabama 16
Dec. 31, 2003 Auburn 28, Wisconsin 14
Dec. 30, 2002 Minnesota 29, Arkansas 14
Dec. 28, 2001 Boston College 20, Georgia 16
Dec. 28, 2000 West Virginia 49, Ole Miss 38
Dec. 29, 1999 Syracuse 20, Kentucky 13
Dec. 29, 1998 Virginia Tech 38, Alabama 7

Player(s) to Watch: Florida State's DT's Broderick Bunkley and/or Clemson's RB #28- CJ Spiller

While Justin Davis has more carries and total yards....CJ has the averages. He averages 7.4 yards per carry, and is one of the most explosive combo backs in the country.

Kentucky's QB #12- Andre Woodson

Woodson has some great numbers, but the problem with him seems to be the "big game". Against better competition Woodson hasn't necessarily floundered, but he hasn't taken over. Best games of the season.....Central Michigan, Vanderbilt, Mississippi State. He only had one good game against a better opponent, but still lost (Louisville)

Deciding Factor(s): This game is all about Clemson's rushing game. I can't even project how many yards they will pick up, but it's going to be a ton.

Interesting Fact: Previous sponsors of the bowl game have included American General Life & Accident (now a subsidiary of AIG) in the inaugural 1998 game, and the now-defunct "" in the 1999 game. (Wikipedia)

Spread: Clemson -9.5, O/U 58

AA's Pick and Analysis: Clemson's rushing game should prove too much for Kentucky who gave up 40 points to Louisiana Monroe. The O/U on Clemson's rushing yards is 245.5, and I think the will crush this as long as Kentucky keeps it close in the beginning of the game.

With that said....I'm still taking the points. Clemson doesn't ever blow any one out of the water.

Prediction Clemson 28-24

The Brut Sun Bowl

(Worst. Bowl Sponsor. Ever)
El Paso, TX- Sun Bowl Stadium

Oregon State (9-4)
v. Missouri (8-4)

Weather: Partly
Cloudy 30 Degrees, 20% chance of Rain

Past Results (Too many to count....the Bowl started in 1935):

Last 10.....
Dec. 30, 2005 UCLA 50, Northwestern 38
Dec. 31, 2004 Arizona State 27, Purdue 23
Dec. 31, 2003 Minnesota 31, Oregon 30
Dec. 31, 2002 Purdue 34, Washington 24
Dec. 31, 2001 Washington State 33, Purdue 27
Dec. 29, 2000 Wisconsin 21, UCLA 20
Dec. 31, 1999 Oregon 24, Minnesota 20
Dec. 30, 1998 TCU 28, Southern Cal 19
Dec. 31, 1997 Arizona State 17, Iowa 7
Dec. 31, 1996 Stanford 38, Michigan State 0

Player(s) to Watch: Florida State's DT's Broderick Bunkley and/or Oregon State's RB #26- Yvenson Bernard

Bernard is the main cog for an Oregon State offense that can't thrive without him. When he gets 2o carries they win (all except one game...Boise State).

Missouri's Entire Team

About 20 players have had the flu over the past week. They'll need their energy to keep up with Oregon State.

Deciding Factor(s): Like I said before.....if Bernard gets 20 carries the Beavers win.

Spread: Oregon State -3.5, O/U 53

AA's Pick and Analysis: I'm all over the Beaves in this one. Missouri will come out slow and I don't think an entire team of sickies can last the full game.

Prediction Oregon State 27-14