Well, it is finally that time of year, where College football fanatics get to lay up on their couches for the next few weeks and inhale a football smorgasbord. So without anymore delay, here is Kody’s Sports Korner’s Bowl Preview.
New Mexico Bowl:
BYU vs UTEP –
The first game on the slate is the New Mexico Bowl, which includes two former WAC foes and should be an interesting game. At the start of the season, BYU was thinking Mountain West title hopes and possibly being a BCS buster, but their season fell short of their expectations. Meanwhile, UTEP had another solid season and are playing in their 4th bowl game since 2000. This should be a good game at the start, but I expect to see BYU pull away in the end.
Prediction: BYU 42 – UTEP 21
uDrove Humanitarian Bowl:
N. Illinois vs Fresno St. –
Maybe I am just a little crazy, but I really don’t see Boise, Idaho as a popular Bowl location. But both of these teams should be happy to be playing in a Bowl. Northern Illinois will have a chip on it’s shoulder coming off the heartbreaking loss in the MAC championship game. Not to mention, their coach has been plucked into the Minnesota job. Meanwhile, Fresno State is coming off a sub par season, but will look to win and end it’s season on a high note. This game is intriguing to me and I look to see it be very close and tight until the bitter end. But I think Northern Illinois has a little too much to play for.
Prediction: N. Illinois 35 – Fresno St 21
R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl:
Ohio vs Troy –
While this is not a game that jumps out on the schedule, this could be a very good game. Both of these teams match up very well, and Ohio is looking for it’s first bowl win. While Troy has had a suspect defense at times this year, I expect to see them ready to play in this game and be able to make stops at will against Ohio. I figure this will be a very tight game, but I am expecting Troy to squeak it out in the end.
Prediction: Troy 24 – Ohio 17
Beef O’Brady’s St. Petersburg Bowl:
Louisville vs Southern Mississippi –
This is a match up of two former Conference USA foes, which for the time, was dominated by Southern Miss. But this is a new day and there is a new coach at Louisville and I think this will be Louisville’s game to lose. Southern Miss is a good team, but I think Louisville is the better team even with the worse record. I expect Louisville to show up and be ready to play. They have a lot on the line to win their first bowl game under Charlie Strong.
Prediction: Louisville 35 – Southern Miss 21
Maaco Las Vegas Bowl:
Utah vs Boise St. –
This has the potential to be one of the more exciting games in the early bowl game slate, but I really don’t think Utah will be able to compete with Boise State much past the 2nd quarter. Boise State is going to have a huge chip on it’s shoulder and will be looking to make up for the fact that it lost a chance at a BCS bowl. Utah is going to be playing with it’s back up quarterback in this game which will only add to the grief. Boise runs away with this game and proves to everyone that they may have deserved a shot at an at-large bid.
Prediction: Boise St. 42 – Utah 20
San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl:
Navy vs San Diego State –
This game will be an interesting match up, Navy is a heavy option team, and showed in their game with Army that they can do a pass game. But this looks more like San Diego State will win this one since they will have a huge home field advantage. Navy could pull the surprise if they can show a few new wrinkles in their offensive game plan. As long as Navy can contain SDSU offensively they should keep it close. But in the end, home field will be the difference.
Prediction: San Diego St 35 – Navy 32
Sheraton Hawaii Bowl:
Hawaii vs Tulsa –
This should be a fun game to watch, if nothing for the fact that Hawaii can throw the ball around with the best of them. Also, have to mention that another home field bowl game for the warriors will add to the thought, that they will be favored to win this game. Tulsa is not a slack program by any stretch, but I just don’t see how they can keep up with hawaii’s passing attack, this one could get ugly early and stay that way.
Prediction: Hawaii 42 – Tulsa 20