Kody’s Sports Korner Bowl Preview; Part 2

Time for the 2nd preview, too much to break down in one post and will continue it here. Be sure to check out Part 1.

Little Caesars Bowl:
Florida International vs Toledo
While this isn’t going to be a marquis matchup that everone will be wanting to watch, this game has some potential to be close. Ok, I couldn’t finish that sentence with a straight face. This game will be ugly and will probably be boring all at the same time. I am not really going to bore you with any more thoughts on this game. But at least it is football.
Prediction: Toledo 38 – Florida Int. 21

Advo Care V100 Independence Bowl:
Air Force vs Georgia Tech

Don’t bllink, this game could be over as quick as it starts. This will be a very fast game because there will be very few clock stoppages. Both of these teams run an option heavy offense and will run the ball with purpose. This is a game for the old school throwback fans like myself. Football is running the ball and punching you in the mouth. This game is very evenly matched in terms of offensive powers. Josh Nesbit for Ga Tech is questionable for this game, so if he does play, that will make the game closer. Otherwise I expect Air Force to be the better team and win this one.
Prediction: Airforce 24 – Ga Tech 17

Champs Sports Bowl:
West Virginia vs NC State –
This game could be a very interesting game, but I don’t expect it to be a close game by any stretch. West Virginia looks to be the better team with the better weapons and that may just be too much for NC State to over come. NC State keeps it close early, but falls to the side late.
Prediction: West Virginia 35 – NC State 14

Insight Bowl:
Missouri vs Iowa –
This game is interesting, but I really think that will be an embarrasment by the time this game ends. I see a Missouri team that is good, but right now Iowa is stinging after the scandal and will have more focus on this game than they have had all season long. That’s why I think this game will get ugly and Iowa will just run away with it.
Prediction: Iowa 42 – Missouri 24

Military Bowl:
East Carolina vs Maryland –
This could potentially be Ralph Freidgens final game as the head coach at Maryland, but East Carolina isn’t a push over team. I don’t see this one being a great game for Maryland.
Prediction: East Carolina 24 – Maryland 17

Texas Bowl:
Illinois vs Baylor-
Baylor is playing in it’s first bowl game in over a decade, and they have the privilege of playing a Ron Zook led Illinois team. This will almost be like a home game for Baylor, since it will be played in Houston. I figure Baylor will have a lot to play for in this game and should be able to win this game.
Prediction: Baylor 35 – Illinois 14

Valero Alamo Bowl:
Oklahoma St vs Arizona
Oklahoma State will be dealing with the disappointment of letting a chance at a bigger and better bowl have slipped through their hands, while Arizona will feel lucky to have made it to a bowl. I think Gundy realizes there is a Stoops on the other side again and locks up. Arizona wins this in an impressive fashion.
Prediction: Arizona 28 – Oklahoma State 10

Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl:
Army vs SMU
SMU gets to play in their second consecutive bowl game under June Jones, and they get to play this one on their own home field. Army meanwhile is coming off their best season in a while and a tough game against rival Navy. While this game will be a battle to the finish, I think the quick turn around and the fact SMU is at home will to much to over come.
Prediction: SMU 35 – Army 24

New Era Penstripe Bowl:
Kansas St vs Syracuse
This is going to be a battle of two programs who are under a resurgence, but with the location of this game and the fact that Syracuse looks to be a little bit better, I don’t see this game being very good for the K-State wildcats. Syracuse with an almost home field advantage should spell doom for the wildcats.
Prediction: Syracuse 28 – Kansas St. 10

Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl:
North Carolina vs Tennessee –
This is a match up of two teams who are polar opposites. North Carolina started the season with hope and talk of winning the ACC and Tennessee was in a rebuilding mode and only dreamed of a Bowl game. But with a few bad breaks and some luck both teams are bowling. North Carolina had their team picked apart due to an NCAA investigation and Tennessee had to find the right combination to hit a winning chord. This could be a very tight game and be very entertaining. I look for this one to be decided on the last possession.
Prediction: North Carolina 24 – Tennessee 21

Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl:
Nebraska vs Washington –
This game is just an absolute joke, there is nothing really more to say here than the Nebraska Corhnhuskers just embarrass Washington.
Prediction: Nebraska 42 – Washington 10

Meineke car care Bowl:
South Florida vs Clemson
This game is more evenly matched than you would realize, both of these teams are good, but have had some tough luck and bad bounces along the way. While most experts would have you thinking that Clemson will win this one hands down, I see South Florida pulling out a victory in surprise fashion.
Prediction: South Florida 35 – Clemson 28

Hyundai Sun Bowl:
Notre Dame vs Miami
The rematch of the “Catholics vs. Convicts” has come earlier than expected. This should be an exciting game in the fact that these are two very prideful teams playing with a big amount of hurt pride this season. This time around though, I think it will be all Notre Dame.
Prediction: Notre Dame 38 – Miami 17

AutoZone Liberty Bowl:
Georgia vs Central Florida  –
This match up would lead you to believe that Georgia would win this game hands down, but this is a quality Central Florida team and I think they have something to prove in this game.
Central Florida 28 – Georgia 21

Chick Fil-A Bowl:
South Carolina vs Florida St
Another quality match up to end the year in Atlanta. This game has all of the makings of a great match up. But I think Spurrier pulls out some tricks that will help the Gamecocks win.
Prediction: South Carolina 35 – Florida State 21

Auburn and Oregon hang on to stay on top.

This afternoon we were treated to an incredible game between Auburn and Alabama. This game had everything you would want in a college football game. For most of the country, the result was meaningless, but for the residents of Boise and Fort Worth, their BCS bowl dreams lived on this one football game. Which from the early onslaught, it looked like Alabama was going to be their best friend at the end of this day. But there are two halves in football, and Auburn owned the 2nd half and found a way to win the game behind it’s Heisman leading quarterback.

This was probably one of the most exciting games to watch just in the sense, you thought at half time that Alabama was going to walk away with this one and we would see a possible Boise State or TCU team jump to number two. But Cam Newton had other plans, and he came out to prove that and probably earned his Heisman trophy today in the toughest road game he has ever played. This game was what every college football fan loves, because you just didn’t know what was going to happen on the next play. In the end, the Tigers were the victor and seemed to have punched their ticket to Glendale, but they still have to play one more game in Atlanta against South Carolina. So don’t think this team is a sure lock to be there, but they are one step closer to the ultimate goal.

So then our friends in Boise and Fort Worth had to turn their eyes to the north west and pull for Arizona to out duel the Ducks in Eugene.

Which turned out to be a laughable joke. Once again this was a game that in the first half looked like it had some hope of actually being a ball game. Arizona struck early and was able to capitalize with a bad snap on a punt for a safety. But then came the field goal before the half. The kicker decided to point his finger at the sideline after the feeble “icing” attempt. Well, that did nothing but tick off Oregon, because they came out with a vengeance in the second half, and pretty much scored at will.

While you can’t blame the kicker for the scoring onslaught, it is easy to say he awake the offense on his gesture. But then again, Oregon has been doing this all season. So, for the second time in 12 hours, two cities in America are having to deal with the thought that they will still not get a fair shake at the BCS title game. But once again, while it looks futile, there is still a small sliver of hope because Oregon has their annual “Civil War” meeting with Oregon State next weekend.

And any smart college football fan will tell you that these rivalry games can always go a different direction than thought. Regardless of what happens next weekend, Oregon is going to a BCS bowl game. It is just going to either be the Rose Bowl, or the National Championship game. So once again we will have two cities rooting hard against these two teams. Heck, maybe the entire country. But just like Auburn, the work isn’t done, they have just completed one more step to reach that goal.

The question remains going into the next game for these two, do they have what it takes to finish the journey and be in Glendale in January? After what I have seen from these two today, I wouldn’t count them out yet. But there is still time for some BCS chaos.