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BCS Championship Preview

BCS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME – Rose Bowl in Pasadena CA Mon., Jan. 6, 8:30 p.m. ET – ESPN #2 Auburn Tigers (SEC, 12-1) vs #1 Florida State Seminoles (ACC, 13-0) Current Line: Florida State -8.5, O/U: 67 Auburn Tigers – The Auburn Tigers pulled off one of the most amazing feats in College Football history. They went from an absolutely awful season in 2012 at 3-9, to the BCS Championship Game with a record of 12-1 in 2013. Head Coach Gus Malzahn did a fantastic job of convincing his players that last season was a mirage and this season is a new beginning. The last time the Tigers played for the national title was in 2010. They won the championship and will be trying for another against the Seminoles. There is not a big differential between what Auburn's offense created and what their defense gave up. The offense was potent enough scoring 40 PPG while accumulating 505 YPG. The running game at 335 YPG was dominating. There were two major contributors at RB. The leading rusher was Jr Tre Mason. Mason had an incredible season with 283 carries, 1,621 yards and 22 TDs. The other part of the duo was starting QB Jr Nick Marshall who added 1,023 yards and 11 TDs. He also passed for 1,759 yards and 12 TDs. Their best option at wide receiver was soph Sammie Coates who had 841 yards and 7 TDs. The "bend but don't break" defense of the Tigers gave up only 24 PPG despite allowing 423 YPG. With no superstars, the defense played as a unit and kept games under...

Compass Bowl Preview

Compass Bowl – Legion Field in Birmingham AL Sat., Jan. 4, 1:00 p.m. ET – ESPN Houston Cougars (American Athletic, 8-4) vs Vanderbilt Commodores (SEC, 8-4) Current Line: Vanderbilt -2.5, O/U: 54 Houston Cougars – After missing out on the 2012 bowl season, Head Coach Tony Levine must be pleased to see his Houston Cougars return to the post season. They improved from 5-7 to 8-4. If there is a silver lining to be found in the four losses, it would be the fact that all four of them came against bowl eligible schools by one score or less. They actually played the conference powerhouses UCF and Louisville pretty tough. The Cougars did a great job of securing victories despite the fact they were equaled in yardage by the opponents for the season. They scored an average of 34 PPG while compiling over 422 YPG. The most notable performance of the year by an offensive player came from first year frosh QB John O'Korn. He was handed the ball at the beginning of the season and immediately became a team leader. He passed for 2,889 and 26 TDs with only 8 interceptions. The top running back was soph RB Ryan Jackson. Jackson ran for 655 yards from scrimmage and added 6 TDs. Apparently, O'korn found a great synchronicity with soph WR Deontay Greenberry who accounted for 1,106 receiving yards and 10 TDs. While the Cougars gave up a lot of yards (420 YPG), they did a great job of keeping opponents out of the end zone allowing only 20 PPG. Junior LB Derrick Mathews was awesome on defense making...

Capital One Bowl Preview

Capital One Bowl – Florida Citrus Bowl in Orlando FL Wed., Jan. 1, 1:00 p.m. ET – ABC #19 Wisconsin Badgers (Big Ten, 9-3) vs #9 South Carolina Gamecocks (SEC, 10-2) Current Line: Wisconsin -1, O/U: 51 Wisconsin Badgers – After a sub par 2012 with a 8-6 record, the Wisconsin Badgers make their return to a prime time bowl game on New Year's day. Head Coach Gary Andersen did a great job making the Badgers competitive with the top teams in the Big Ten. The best game they played all season was a narrow 2 point loss to a very good Arizona State team on the road. As is the tradition at Wisconsin, the Badgers used a lethal running attack to pound opponents into submission. The ran up 283 YPG of rushing offense. Even the passing game was effective racking up 204 YPG through the air. Most teams would love to have one exceptional running back. Wisconsin was blessed with the dynamic duo of soph Melvin Gordon and Sr James White. Gordon led the team with 1,466 yards and amassed 12 TDs. White was close behind with 1,337 yards and led the team with 13 rushing TDs. Sophomore QB Joel Stave showed great promise throwing for 2,414 yards and 20 TDs is a run oriented offense. The team's top receiver was Sr WR Jared Abbrederis who grabbed 73 passes for 1,051 yards and 7 TDs. The Badger defense was simply awesome and ended up ranked in the top 5 in total defense. They allowed 15 PPG and an incredible 192 YPG. The unquestionable leader on defense was Sr...

Gator Bowl Preview

Gator Bowl – EverBank Field in Jacksonville FL Wed., Jan. 1, 12:00 p.m. ET – ESPN Nebraska Cornhuskers (Big Ten, 8-4) vs #22 Georgia Bulldogs (SEC, 8-4) Current Line: Georgia -9, O/U: 60.5 Nebraska Cornhuskers – There was a time in the past when Nebraska was a perennial top 10 football team. The fans had come to expect perfection every time the Cornhuskers stepped onto the field. Times have changed. No longer do you see opponents quiver at the sight of the red and white uniforms. This season, as in the past 5 seasons, the Cornhuskers have received a bowl invitation with 3-4 losses from their schedule. They just can't seem to win the big ones and fans are getting restless with Head Coach Bo Pelini. This season, the offense was not quite as productive as in the pass. Of course, the numbers are still respectable as they scored 33 PPG and compiled an average of 421 YPG. Fourth year starting QB Taylor Martinez was off to his usual stellar performance when he went down with an injury in game 4. To that point in time, he had thrown for 667 yards and 10 TDs. From the moment of his departure, the passing game became very inconsistent. However, the running game was always in fine shape led by All American Jr RB Ameer Abdullah who had 1,792 all purpose yards and 10 TDs. At the wide receiver position, 8 different players caught passes and gained over 100 yards. The Cornhusker defense played consistent football all season long. They ended up allowing an average of 25 PPG and 367 YPG....

Advocare V100 Bowl

AdvoCare V100 Bowl – Independence Stadium in Shreveport LA Tue., Dec. 31, 12:30 p.m. ET – ESPN Boston College Eagles – (ACC, 7-5) vs Arizona Wildcats (PAC 12, 7-5) Current Line: Arizona -7.5, O/U: 57 Boston College Eagles – For the Eagles, the 2012 season was a total nightmare that was best forgotten. It ended up being one of the worse in BC history. Head Coach Steve Addazio had the task of making his players believe they could turn things around. They did just that by returning to good football fundamentals. The move to the ACC brought on a little stiffer competition, but the Eagles were able to stay competitive against the likes of teams such as #1 Florida State. The return to good football fundamentals included learning to control the game with the offense. The Eagles focused on running the ball (218 YPG) and when teams would stack the box, they would throw the ball (150 YPG) down field. The workhorse in the backfield was All American Sr RB Andre Williams. He carried the ball 329 times for 2,102 yards and 17 TDs. That made him the #1 rusher in the country at 175 YPG. Senior QB Chase Rettig took the snaps and threw for 1,804 yards and 17 TDs. Rettig's favorite receiver was Sr WR Alex Amidon who picked up 895 yards and 5 TDs. On the defensive side of the ball, the Eagles played steady enough to keep opponents close. Two players had over 100 tackles, Sr LB Steele Divitto (107 tackles) and Sr LB Kevin Pierre-Lewis (104 tackles, 6 sacks). Arizona Wildcats – For the...