The Auto Zone Liberty Bowl
(Get in the ZONE!.....The boring ass matchup Zone!)
Memphis, TN- Memorial Stadium
Houston (10-3) v. South Carolina (7-5)
Weather: Mostly Cloudy 64 Degrees, 30% Chance of Rain
Past Results (A ton....Bowl began in 1959):
|Dec. 31, 2005||Tulsa 31, Fresno State 24|
|Dec. 31, 2004||Louisville 44, Boise State 40|
|Dec. 31, 2003||Utah 17, Southern Mississippi 0|
|Dec. 31, 2002||TCU 17, Colorado State 3|
|Dec. 31, 2001||Louisville 28, BYU 10|
|Dec. 29, 2000||Colorado State 22, Louisville 17|
|Dec. 31, 1999||Southern Mississippi 23, Colorado State 17|
|Dec. 30, 1998||Tulane 41, BYU 27|
|Dec. 31, 1997||Southern Mississippi 41, Pittsburgh 7|
|Dec. 27, 1996||Syracuse 30, Houston 17|
Player(s) to Watch: Houston's QB #4-
One of those "guy's you should have heard of, but probably haven't heard of" guys. Only has 3 picks on the year to 27 TDs.....and is arguably more accurate than Colt Brennan (67.7%).
South Carolina's Sophomore Wide Receiver #4- Sidney Rice
The dude is just a man-child. It seemed too obvious to pick him, but screw it. No one else on SC can hold his jock. If he only had a good QB he'd be tops in the nation.
Deciding Factor(s): The Cocks lost some flexibility when they went back to Blake Mitchell. Houston's defense isn't that bad.......USC's is bad against the run.......Houston runs the ball well......yada yada yada
Spread: South Carolina -5.5, O/U 56
AA's Pick and Analysis: Taking yet another underdog in this one. I can't for the life of me understand why USC is favored in this one. Must be the SEC bias. Houston will run the ball all over a young USC defense, and end this one early.
The Insight, Insight Bowl
Tempe, AZ- Sun Devil Stadium
Texas Tech (7-5) v. Minnesota (6-6)
Weather: Mostly Cloudy 52 Degrees, 10% Chance of Rain
Past Results (17):
|Dec. 27, 2005||Arizona State 45, Rutgers 40|
|Dec. 28, 2004||Oregon State 38, Notre Dame 21|
|Dec. 26, 2003||California 52, Virginia Tech 49|
|Dec. 26, 2002||Pittsburgh 38, Oregon State 13|
|Dec. 29, 2001||Syracuse 26, Kansas State 3|
|Dec. 28, 2000||Iowa State 37, Pittsburgh 29|
|Dec. 31, 1999||Colorado 62, Boston College 28|
|Dec. 26, 1998||Missouri 34, West Virginia 31|
|Dec. 27, 1997||Arizona 20, New Mexico 14|
|Dec. 27, 1996||Wisconsin 38, Utah 10|
|Dec. 27, 1995||Texas Tech 55, Air Force 41|
|Dec. 29, 1994||BYU 31, Oklahoma 6|
|Dec. 29, 1993||Kansas State 52, Wyoming 17|
|Dec. 31, 1992||Washington State 31, Utah 28|
|Dec. 31, 1991||Indiana 24, Baylor 0|
|Dec. 31, 1990||California 17, Wyoming 15|
|Dec. 31, 1989||Arizona 17, North Carolina State 10|
Player(s) to Watch: Texas Tech's WR #8- Joel Filani
One of the Nation's top receivers that benefits from the Run N' Gun Texas offense. He got held in check his last two games against Oklahoma and Oklahoma State. Look for him to get hot early.
Minnesota's Sophomore RB #4- Amir Pinnix
Everyone is usually on QB Bryan Cupito's jock, but I personally think he's very overrated. Minnesota is going to have to run the football if they want to keep up.
Deciding Factor(s): Stopping the Red Raiders once they get momentum.
When Texas Tech scores they score in bunches. If Minnesota can weather the storm early they might be able to pull off the victory.
With that said.......it's not happening. Red Raiders Roll (alliteration baby!).
Spread: Texas Tech -6, O/U 63
AA's Pick and Analysis: Red Raiders offense will be too much for an up and down Minny team.
Prediction Texas Tech 31-23