Five bowls down and 30 to go. So the Bowl Season has not been too glamorous thus far. Outside of a nail biter in the Beef “O” Brady’s Bowl between Louisville and Southern Mississippi, the games have been blowouts. Are you really surprised?
Generally the bowls Pre Christmas are pretty weak. This year has been no different. Here is a look at the bowl games upcoming for this week.
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Navy at San Diego State:
New school vs old school football. A team that hardly throws versus a team that lives and dies on the pass. Navy has looked extremely strong down the stretch. They even put up 76 points on East Carolina. So much for people saying that football is all about high-flying passing offenses now. Somebody forgot to relay the memo to Navy. They also beat up on Notre Dame earlier this year. San Diego State is a team on the other hand, that lives and dies on the throwing arm of QB, Ryan Lindley. This team has had a great year. All 4 of their losses have come by 5 or fewer points. The Aztecs have been in every game that they have played this year. Well expect this game to be the 2nd nail biter of the bowl season. I do fully expect the dominant rushing attack of the Midshipmen to control this game down the stretch though. Navy by 3 in a very close battle.
–SHERATON HAWAII BOWL
Hawaii vs Tulsa
Make sure you come into this game well rested. Because this will be an up and down affair from start to finish. This will be like watching the Knicks play the Suns in the NBA. There will be a lot of scoring, followed by more scoring. These teams both have lethal passing attacks and rank in the top 10 in the country in scoring. There are two differentiating factors in this game. Number one, Tulsa can run the ball effectively to go along with their lethal aerial attack. The two-headed rushing attack of quarterback G.J. Kinne and running back Damaris Johnson could win this game for the Golden Hurricane. The other differentiating factor is the home field advantage that Hawaii has. And I feel this factor is more important than the ability to run the ball effectively. My head is saying to pick Hawaii at home, and I am going to listen to my head. Hawaii by 6 at home. What a year for Tulsa though. A win in South Bend. And a bowl trip to Hawaii. Who cares if they go home with a loss.
–LITTLE CAESARS BOWL
Florida International vs Toledo
The Florida International Golden Panthers lost 4 games to start this season. How often does a team that loses for the entire first month of the year get to play in a bowl game? Florida International has won 6 total games this year. In my opinion, a 6 win team out of the Sun Belt has no business playing in a bowl game. Now I realize that Troy, a 7 win team out of the Sun Belt, embarrassed an OU team that finished towards the top of the MAC. This is the same sort of matchup as a Sun Belt team is taking on a top of the conference MAC team in Toledo. So logic would say to pick Florida International after watching what Troy did to OU right? I mean OU did beat Toledo early this year. And Florida International did defeat Troy. But I am going out on a limb and taking Toledo in this one. Neither of these squads do anything especially well. But I said I thought the MAC was a stronger conference than the Sun Belt last week. And I am sticking with that statement even though Troy whooped OU down in New Orleans last week. Look for Toledo to steal one by 3, showing great poise late in the 4th quarter.
So there you have a look at some of the upcoming bowl games as we head into Christmas. It still is not the most exciting of matchups yet, but expect some closer games this week. And have no fear, the Bowl Season will heat up in a hurry as we head into the New Year.
Stay tuned for the next edition of TheSportsKraze.