Sunday, January 04, 2009

Bowl Season

The Game: Fiesta Bowl
The Date: January 5
The Location: Phoenix, Arizona
The Teams: Texas and Ohio State
The Line: Texas -8.5
What's at Stake? An impressive performance by Texas gives them a minute chance of collecting a split national title should Oklahoma prevail in the BCS Championship Game. Ohio State needs a strong showing to get rid of their rep for not showing up in big games.
Why You Should Watch: Colt McCoy and Terrelle Pryor are 2 of the nation's best quarterbacks and fortunately for college fans, will both be back next season.
Spread Prediction: Texas boasted the best defense in the Big 12, which is quite an accomplishment considering Missouri, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, and Texas Tech were all on the schedule. Ohio State struggled to move the ball in the Big 10, even with Pryor. Texas will be highly motivated and take this one by double digits.

The Game: GMAC Bowl
The Date: January 6
The Location: Mobile, Alabama
The Teams: Tulsa and Ball State
The Line: Tulsa -2.5
What's at Stake? A win for Ball State gives them 13 on the season and would represent the first bowl win in school history. A win for Tulsa would be their second straight in the GMAC bowl and give them 11 wins on the season.
Why You Should Watch: Tune in to get a look at quarterback Nate Davis for Ball State. Davis is no stranger to the mid-week game, having played 4 times on Tuesday or Wednesday this season. Tulsa receiver Brennan Marion averaged an amazing 25.86 yards per reception after averaging 31.90 yards pr catch last season.
Spread Prediction: Despite their upset in the MAC title game at the hands of Buffalo, Ball State was easily the best team in the conference. Tulsa was also the best team in Conference USA, but by a much smaller margin. Look for Ball State to pull out the upset and win their first ever bowl game.

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