Friday, December 19, 2008

Time to go Bowling!

The Mormons are coming to Vegas, to go Bowling

Its that time of year again!

Despite how you feel about the Bowl Championship Series, you have to admit its nice to have college football on almost everyday for a two week period. Granted some of the games are crap, I mean come on, who outside of the students and alumni will want to watch Florida Atlantic vs Central Michigan? Sounds like 2 types of Birds.

Well my good sexy readers, That's what I'm here for. I'm going to try and give you all a reason for watching every single bowl game (at least until I'm so inundated with family that I can't blog). Much like last year, I'm going to use one of my favorite draft sites, The Great Blue North as a guide to tell you which players in each bowl are worth watching from a NFL draft stand point, as well as a few thoughts on the game.

We are going to start this off with this weekends games, but check back when you can to see previews of as many games as I can get to. And if i make them all, I expect a pizza party to be thrown in my honor. Seriously.

EagleBank Bowl
Wake Forest vs. Navy
Washington, D.C.
RFK Stadium Dec. 20, 11 a.m. ESPN

Sure Wake has 5 losses, but they were only one game out from playing the ACC champ game! They have beaten such other bowl teams as Florida State and Vanderbilt, but one of there losses came too.......NAVY! How fun is a rematch? Talk about opposite philosophy's! Navy ran the ball in that game all but 4 times for 292 yards, while Wake did nothing but pass as 270 of their 313 total yards came in the air.

Big's Pick: I like Wake in this game, but not by much.

Prospects to watch:
: OLB Aaron Curry (top 5 OLB), CB Alphonso Smith (top 15 CB), SS Chip Vaughn(top 10 SS), K Sam Swank (top 3 K), RB Micah Andrews (late, late rounds, if at all), FB Rich Belton

Navy: Come on man, they are Navy!

New Mexico Bowl
Colorado State vs. Fresno State
University Stadium Dec. 20, 2:30 p.m. ESPN

I'll always have a small love for CSU, as they were the first team that beat UNT in the New Orleans Bowl when UNT was decent, but its hard to get excited for a 6-6 team. Fresno isn't much to make your pants go crazy either though, losing 3 out of their last 5, including a 61-10 thumping by Boise, but they do have Derek Carr, younger brother of Magic Hands David Carr signed on as a recruit for them next year!

Bigs Pick: David Carr's younger brother will be watching! Give me Fresno!

Prospects to Watch:
CSU: TE Kory Sperry

Fresno: TE Bear Pascoe (top 10 TE), OG Cole Popovich (top 25 G)

magicJack St. Petersburg
Memphis vs. South Florida
St. Petersburg. Fla.
Tropicana Field Dec. 20, 4:30 p.m. ESPN2

Speaking of former UNT bowl game opponents, Its Memphis! We played them in both football post season and basketball post season, where they killed us in both! Memphis is only 6-6, but they go 6-3 after losing their first 3 ballgames, but they will be traveling to the back yard of South Florida, as the bulls only have to go 30 miles or so to get to Tropicana Field. Ohh, and USF has lost 5 of their last 7.

Bigs Pick: I like USF to get off the snide.

Prospects to Watch:
Memphis: DT Freddie Barnett, KR Michael Grandberry, RB Charlie Jones.

USF: DE George Selvie (top 5 DE), OLB Tyrone McKenzie (top 10 OLB), QB Matt Grothe (late late pick), OG Ryan Schmidt, C Jake Griffin,

Pioneer Las Vegas
BYU vs. Arizona
Las Vegas
Sam Boyd Stadium Dec. 20, 8 p.m. ESPN

By far the best game of the Weekend not played in the NFL. BYU is a really good team, and Arizona finally looks like they are showing some signs of life under baby Stoops. BYU was the original BCS buster darlings at the start of year, but droped a game at both TCU and Utah. Zona might only be 7-5, but they beat Cal, ASU and UCLA. Those guys aren't world beaters, but its not too shabby either.

Bigs Pick: BYU, followed by a mass exodouis of BYU players to the craps tables, where Mormonism stands no chance, and the football program is disbanded.

Prospects to watch:
BYU: TE Dennis Pitta (top 10 TE), OT Dallas Reynolds (top 10 OT), OT David Oswald(top 20 OT), OG Ray Feinga (top 10 OG)

Arizona: ILB Ronnie Palmer, FS Nate Ness (top 10 FS), QB Willie Tuitama (sleeper), WR Mike Thomas.

R+L Carriers New Orleans
Southern Miss vs. Troy
New Orleans
Superdome Dec. 21, 8:15 p.m. ESPN

Ahh yes, the only bowl game to host a UNT post season appearance! Alas this year, there will be no Bourbon Bowl for UNT. But a team we played in oneIS going to be there in Southern Miss! And that almost didn't happen. Southern Miss had to win their last 4 games to have the honor of playing in New Orleans. Troy on the other hand, won the Sunbelt on the way to 8 wins, including a 45-17 thumping of the Mean Green.

Big's Pick: Sunbelt baby! Troy is the new David Lee Roth (?)!

Prospects to watch:

Southern Miss: TE Shawn Nelson (top 5 TE), ILB Gerald McGrath (top 5 ILB), P Britt Barefoot (a punter named Barefoot? That's fucking great!)

Troy: DE/OLB Kenny Mainor, OG Dio Small.

I hope that helps and enhances your viewing pleasure. Check back next week when i'll rock some more games, and give you option to make fun at me picking all the wrong teams. Hazaa!

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