Kody’s Sports Korner Bowl Preview; Part 3

If you  have missed the first two bowl previews I did, check out part 1 here and part 2 here

TicketCity Bowl:
Northwestern vs Texas Tech –
Sadly this New Year will begin with this lackluster bowl. In the inaugural Ticket City Bowl in Dallas, there will be a first time meeting between the Northwestern Wildcats and Texas Tech Red Raiders. While Northwestern is looking for it’s first bowl win since 1949, Texas Tech has some concerns if it’s coach will be around for next year. But all of that aside, there are a lot questions on how will Northwestern handle the pass heavy attack of the Red Raiders. Sadly to say, Northwestern will not get it’s first bowl win here. They will be lucky to stay within 21 points of the Red Raiders.
Prediction: Texas Tech 52 – Northwestern 21

Outback Bowl:
Florida vs Penn St
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When this match up was announced, you figured there would be retirement talks from one coach. But the coach who is going to step down isn’t the 84 year old Joe Paterno, but the 46 year old Urban Meyer. While this is a shock to most, it isn’t that big of a shock after last years flip flop. The big question about this game will be whether or not Penn State can contain a good Florida team. After their struggles with an Alabama squad earlier in the year, I don’t see this one being pretty for the Nittany Lions.
Prediction: Florida 35 – Penn State 14

Capital One Bowl:
Alabama vs Michigan St
While most everybody will be expecting Alabama to roll in this game, I expect to see Michigan St give Alabama a run for their money and pull off a upset. Michigan State has been an underrated team all year and is probably the best team coming out of the Big Ten this season. Expect an exciting game, one that should give the Big Ten it’s few bowl wins this season.
Prediction: Michigan State 28 – Alabama 21

Gator Bowl:
Mississippi St vs Michigan
This is a very ho hum match up, there are a lot of better game to watch and I am sure Michigan won’t show up so they can assure to get rid of Rich Rod. That being said, Dan Mullen will have Mississippi State ready to play. Expect this one to be a blow out.
Prediction: Mississippi State 35 – Michigan 17

GoDaddy.com Bowl:
Middle Tennessee vs Miami(OH)
For a match up of two teams that nobody cares about outside of their respective cities. This could be a good game to watch for college football enthusiasts. Miami is going to be playing with a lot of momentum from their surprise win at the MAC championship. Meanwhile Middle Tennessee is trying to get one more win and finish with a winning record. Should be a good game and expect it to be a close one.
Prediction: Miami (OH) 24 – Middle Tennessee 21

Cotton Bowl:
LSU vs Texas A&M
In one of the more exciting bowl match ups, this game should be a lot of fun to watch. But don’t expect to see any surprises here as LSU should be able to find a way to win this game and put another notch in the belt for the SEC. Only question will be if Les Miles will have some Tiger Stadium grass available at this game.
Prediction: LSU 35 – Texas A&M 28

Compass Bowl:
Pittsburgh vs Kentucky
While everyone has Pitt as their favorite and expects them to win this game, Kentucky has been able to hang tough when least expected to. This could be a spring board into next season for the Wildcats and look for a very exciting game between these two teams.
Prediction: Kentucky 28 – Pitt 21

Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl:
Nevada vs Boston College
Expect Nevada to play with a lot of pride and be able to move the ball at will on Boston College. This is not going to be a pretty game for the Eagles, but it could be a very close game throughout if Boston College can contain the Pistol.
Prediction: Nevada 42 – Boston College 21

That is the last of the bowl previews for the lesser bowl games. Check back soon for the BCS Preview.

What I learned in Week 12

After what has probably been the wildest weekend of college football in a long time, my head is still spinning. This was the most exciting weekend of the college football season. But for a hand full of teams and coaches, this weekend was just down right painful. So lets get into the fun and see what we learned from this weekend.

Boise State is Beatable:

The Nevada Wolfpack were the first team to beat Boise State since TCU back in a bowl game in 2008. While it was one of the hand full of exciting games from Friday, it had the final result that most college football fans yearned for. Every college football fan loves an upset, and this was an upset of epic proportions. Boise State has been a polarizing force in the country this year, and you have to either love them or hate them. But they looked like they were going to be in position to steal a National Championship appearance, but because of the yips, they will be relegated back to playing on the smurf turf in December and back to a home town bowl game.

TCU Took care of Buisness:

After the shocking upset of Boise State, all TCU needed to do was take care of business against New Mexico. Which they ended up doing, even though the game looked a little too close for comfort in the first half. Even after an injury to Senior leader Andy Dalton, the Frogs still found away to come out in the 2nd half and pound the Lobos into submission. So after this game, TCU has taken care of  business and should be in place to make a trip to a BCS bowl.

Nebraska May get the last laugh on the Big XII:

The Nebraska Cornhuskers are heading back to Dallas to play for the Big XII championship. This could give Nebraska the last laugh as they walk out the door on the Conference. This year has been a farewell tour for the team, and they would love nothing more than walking out of the year with the last conference championship.

Bayou Magic runs out on LSU:

The LSU Tigers ran into their rivalry game with Arkansas yesterday and they had a chance to try and find a little more of that bayou magic. But with the way the game goes, they were probably asking a little more from the magic than they could get. They have had uncanny luck all year long and they just ran into a tough Arkansas team that just wanted it more.  While LSU had a great year, this was short of their goals and they will probably wind up at an AT&T Cotton Bowl bid.

Oklahoma State isn’t ready for the Big Time:

The Oklahoma State Cowboys showed last night that they are as good of a team as there is in College football. But they couldn’t find a way to over come the juggernaut of Oklahoma. Once again they showed the nation why they won’t become a major college football program this year and probably not ever. Yes, Oklahoma State has come a long way, but until they can find a way to win games like the Bedlam game when the entire country is watching, then you won’t make that step up with the big boys. It is looking like another Cotton Bowl trip for the Cowboys.

There is still Championship weekend to go, plus a month of bowl games, so there is still a lot of games to play. But this season is starting to near it’s end. Hopefully there will be some more excitement next weekend to wet our appetite for the bowl season.