Week 1 of the bowl season was as expected… NOT EXCITING. Even though I went 3-0 in my picks for week 1 I still am not satisfied with the 3 games.I am not the only one who didn’t approve of the games so far. The few people who attended these appetizer type bowls probably wasted a good 20 bucks? If that… Either way that is the past we’ve got a week full of games coming up and I am looking forward to these matchups. Matchups featuring teams like Boise State, Hawaii and Navy who have all played well up until this point. My favorite matchup of the 4 games of Christmas week is the battle between two BCS Busters in the past, Utah vs Boise State. This game is actually one of the better games with both Boise and Utah ranked in the top 20 with weapons like QB Kellen Moore for Boise and Jordan Wynn for the Utes. Now let’s get down to business… The 1st game of this week is the Beef O’ Brady St.Petersburg Bowl. This game will feature the Golden Eagles of Southern Miss (C-USA) and the Louisville Cardinals (Big East). The Golden Eagles have a good offense that is ranked 15th in the nation for points scored (37.1). Like their opponents the Cardinals are ranked 15th in a category… Points allowed. The Cardinals are allowing 18 pts a game and will look to keep up the good trend against their explosive opponents. This game intrigues me because of the opposing forces of the Southern Miss offense and the Louisville Defense who are both ranked high in categories that go against each other. The second game of the week is the MAACO Las Vegas Bowl between Boise State (WAC) and Utah (MWC). This is an awesome matchup between two ranked teams that were 1 or 2 mins away from playing in a BCS Bowl. For the Broncos of Boise, QB Kellen Moore had the season that was expected (3500 yards passing,39 TDs and 71% of his passes being completed) only problem is instead of playing on January 10th they’re playing on December 22nd in VEGAS!! For Utah it was a year full of disappointment with a loss to (3) TCU and an upset to Notre Dame. Regardless Utah will have a chance to prove themselves against a good opponent. Boise will come out on all cylinders to show that they are better than the MAACO Bowl and belong in Arizona. Kellen Moore will also be trying to bring up his draft stock for the next level. The 3rd game this week is the San Diego Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl . This game features Navy (Independent) and San Diego State (MWC). It will obviously be a home field advantage for the Aztecs who had a good year by their standards (8-4). The Midshipmen who run a hard nose triple option offense led by QB Ricky Dobbs who leads the team in both passing and rushing. This game will be decided by how San Diego State responds to the triple-option of Navy. If they can’t slow Navy down SDSU will have little to no shot in this one. The 4th and final game of this week is the annual “Christmas Eve” Bowl or better known as the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl. Like every year the Hawaii Warriors (WAC) will be participating in their own bowl. Taking the 14 hour plane ride out to Honolulu are the Golden Hurricane of Tulsa (C-USA). The Hurricane will be taking an offense that averages 40 points a game with them in hopes of capturing a victory for C-USA who is well represented this bowl season. As far as the Warriors are concerned they will look to pass early and often with their 1st ranked passing offense. Led by QB Bryant Moniz who has thrown for 4600 yards and 36 TD’ s. The key for this one is very easy to explain… STOP HAWAII’s passing attack or the Hurricane will be receive a Christmas Day beatdown in Honolulu.
BEEF O’ BRADY ST.PETERSBURG BOWL : Southern Miss vs Louisville (12/21 @ 8:00 PM) SOUTHERN MISS
MAACO LAS VEGAS BOWL: Boise State vs Utah (12/22@ 8:00 PM) BOISE STATE
San Diego Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl: Navy vs San Diego State (12/23@ 8:00 PM) NAVY
Sheraton Hawaii Bowl:Hawaii vs Tulsa (12/24 @ 8:00 PM) HAWAII