Bowl Season Open Thread: The Meineke, Liberty, And Alamo Bowls


We get another full day of Bowl Games and some pretty good matchups. I’ll be in and out of this spot all day, so leave the quotes you come across in the comments and I’ll update below the previews throughout the day.

#25 Connecticut vs. Wake Forest
The Meineke Car Care Bowl
1:00 PM ET, December 29, 2007
Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, NC

Weather: 64 Degrees, AM Showers
Spread: Wake -3, O/U 47
AA’s Pick: Wake -3 (Record 7-3-1)
Announcers: Dave Pasch, Andre Ware(ESPN)

Team Leaders
Connecticut Passing: Lorenzen- 57.3%, 2269 Yards, 13 TDs, 5 INTs
Wake Forest Passing: Skinner- 71.9%, 1936 Yards, 11 TDs, 12 INTs

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Connecticut Rushing: Dixon- 160 Carries, 809 Yards, 5.1 avg, 3 TDs
Wake Forest Rushing: Adams- 200 Carries, 887 Yards, 4.4 avg, 10 TDs

Connecticut Receiving: Jeffers- 42 Catches, 571 Yards, 13.6 avg, 5 TDs
Wake Forest Receiving: Moore- 87 Catches, 899 Yards, 10.3 avg, 5 TDs
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UCF vs. Mississippi State
Liberty Bowl
4:30 PM ET, December 29, 2007
Liberty Bowl , Memphis , TN

Weather: 36 Degrees, Sunny
Spread: UCF -3, O/U 55
AA’s Pick: UCF -3
Announcers: Terry Gannon, David Norrie (ESPN)

Team Leaders

UCF Passing: Israel- 59.9%, 2085 Yards, 15 TDs, 8 INTs
Mississippi State Passing: Carroll- 53.2%, 1353 Yards, 9 TDs, 6 INTs

UCF Rushing: Smith- 415 Carries, 2448 Yards, 5.9 avg, 29 TDs
Mississippi State Rushing: Dixon- 263 Carries, 980 Yards, 3.7 avg, 13 TDs

UCF Receiving: Ross- 48 Catches, 631 Yards, 13.1 avg, 2 TDs
Mississippi State Receiving: Smith- 31 Catches, 503 Yards, 16.2 avg, 3 TDs
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Penn State vs. Texas A&M
Alamo Bowl
8:00 PM ET, December 29, 2007
Alamo Dome, San Antonio, TX

Weather: Dome
Spread: Penn State -5.5, O/U 52
AA’s Pick: TAMU +6, buy the half
Announcers: Chris Fowler, Doug Flutie, Craig James, Erin Andrews (ESPN)

Team Leaders
Penn State Passing: Morelli- 59.0%, 2508 Yards, 18 TDs, 9 INTs
Texas A&M Passing: McGee- 57.7%, 2147 Yards, 12 TDs, 7 INTs
Penn State Rushing: Kinlaw- 222 Carries, 1186 Yards, 5.3 avg, 10 TDs
Texas A&M Rushing: McGee- 173 Carries, 858 Yards, 5.0 avg, 5 TDs
Penn State Receiving: Butler- 43 Catches, 574 Yards, 13.3 avg, 3 TDs
Texas A&M Receiving: Bennett- 45 Catches, 541 Yards, 12.0 avg, 4 TDs
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“That’s something you’d list as your favorite food, soy milk.”- Andre Ware
“I would, and it is!”- Dave Pasch

“Tim Barnes has done a great job.”- Andre Ware
“There’s no question RICK Barnes has a great team.”- Dave Pasch

“I was waiting for him to bust one.” – Terry Gannon (Via Anon)

“There’s Taylor Hicks and he dated your wife at Auburn didn’t he?”- Terry Gannon

That’s cold.

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