Wow…..5 Bowls today. This was the day I dreaded. Let’s see what I can put together. We’ll go two, two, and one in the previews. The spreads are Clemson -9.5, Oregon St. -3.5, S Carolina -5.5, Texas Tech -6, Purdue -1. Feel free to post your picks in this spread and good luck.
The Gaylord (Focker) Hotels Music City Bowl presented by Bridgestone
(Longest. Bowl Name. Ever)
Nashville, TN- LP Field
1 PM EST
Kentucky (7-5) v. Clemson (8-4)
Weather: Mostly Cloudy 46 Degrees, 10% chance of Rain
Past Results (8):
|Dec. 30, 2005||Virginia 34, Minnesota 31|
|Dec. 31, 2004||Minnesota 20, Alabama 16|
|Dec. 31, 2003||Auburn 28, Wisconsin 14|
|Dec. 30, 2002||Minnesota 29, Arkansas 14|
|Dec. 28, 2001||Boston College 20, Georgia 16|
|Dec. 28, 2000||West Virginia 49, Ole Miss 38|
|Dec. 29, 1999||Syracuse 20, Kentucky 13|
|Dec. 29, 1998||Virginia Tech 38, Alabama 7|
Player(s) to Watch: Florida State’s DT’s Broderick Bunkley and/or Clemson’s RB #28- CJ Spiller
While Justin Davis has more carries and total yards….CJ has the averages. He averages 7.4 yards per carry, and is one of the most explosive combo backs in the country.
Kentucky’s QB #12- Andre Woodson
Woodson has some great numbers, but the problem with him seems to be the “big game”. Against better competition Woodson hasn’t necessarily floundered, but he hasn’t taken over. Best games of the season…..Central Michigan, Vanderbilt, Mississippi State. He only had one good game against a better opponent, but still lost (Louisville)
Deciding Factor(s): This game is all about Clemson’s rushing game. I can’t even project how many yards they will pick up, but it’s going to be a ton.
Interesting Fact: Previous sponsors of the bowl game have included American General Life & Accident (now a subsidiary of AIG) in the inaugural 1998 game, and the now-defunct “homepoint.com” in the 1999 game. (Wikipedia)
Spread: Clemson -9.5, O/U 58
AA’s Pick and Analysis: Clemson’s rushing game should prove too much for Kentucky who gave up 40 points to Louisiana Monroe. The O/U on Clemson’s rushing yards is 245.5, and I think the will crush this as long as Kentucky keeps it close in the beginning of the game.
With that said….I’m still taking the points. Clemson doesn’t ever blow any one out of the water.
Oregon State (9-4) v. Missouri (8-4)
Weather: Partly Cloudy 30 Degrees, 20% chance of Rain
Past Results (Too many to count….the Bowl started in 1935):
|Dec. 30, 2005||UCLA 50, Northwestern 38|
|Dec. 31, 2004||Arizona State 27, Purdue 23|
|Dec. 31, 2003||Minnesota 31, Oregon 30|
|Dec. 31, 2002||Purdue 34, Washington 24|
|Dec. 31, 2001||Washington State 33, Purdue 27|
|Dec. 29, 2000||Wisconsin 21, UCLA 20|
|Dec. 31, 1999||Oregon 24, Minnesota 20|
|Dec. 30, 1998||TCU 28, Southern Cal 19|
|Dec. 31, 1997||Arizona State 17, Iowa 7|
|Dec. 31, 1996||Stanford 38, Michigan State 0|
Player(s) to Watch: Florida State’s DT’s Broderick Bunkley and/or Oregon State’s RB #26- Yvenson Bernard
Bernard is the main cog for an Oregon State offense that can’t thrive without him. When he gets 2o carries they win (all except one game…Boise State).
Missouri’s Entire Team
About 20 players have had the flu over the past week. They’ll need their energy to keep up with Oregon State.
Deciding Factor(s): Like I said before…..if Bernard gets 20 carries the Beavers win.
Spread: Oregon State -3.5, O/U 53
AA’s Pick and Analysis: I’m all over the Beaves in this one. Missouri will come out slow and I don’t think an entire team of sickies can last the full game.
Prediction Oregon State 27-14