Florida:Won past four games, the last one against FSU
Bottom Line: Florida 2, Michigan 0
Jason Frost: TBA
Zorgon: Kentucky. All signs are pointing to a shootout, and while their defenses may be equal (now that Florida State has lost 2 key players, they are) their offenses aren't. Kentucky will win big. A Florida State win is only possible
The two teams have never met.
Maryland is on a one game win streak
Oregon State is on a three game win streak, however, the last game was in double OT against the Dixon-less Ducks of Oregon
Maryland has opened up the playbooks recently, using the long ball more and incorparating a QB option game.
They've defeated two top 10 teams this season
A solid 28th in the nation in scoring defense
Despite marginal improvement in the latter part of the season, the offense is still 77th in the nation in scoring and 88th in yards per game.
They simply can not protect the quarterback
The Emerald Bowl in San Francisco is a very long distance from home in College Park.
Oregon State Advantages:
Yvenson Bernard is yet another talented dreadlocked RB for the Beavers, he has 12 TDs and 6 100-yard plus rushing games on the season.
Oregon State has been beastly on rush defense this season, second in the nation
They are a superb pass rushing team, which is all they need against this poor Maryland O.
Oregon State Disadvantages:
They are terrible in both the punting and the punt return game.
Most impressive win? Good question, is it Cal, Utah, Dennis Dixon-less Oregon. Not a very good resum'e.
okluschen: Oregon State. The Beavers have much more impressive stats, but the Terps have more impressive results, victory-wise. The key to this matchup is Maryland's offensive line (which can't protect the QB) against Oregon State's defensive pass rush (which can't stay away from the QB). I like the Beavers big in this bowl.
Zorgon: Oregon State. They may have a couple bad losses, but oh so many sizzlin' power wins. And Maryland is a pithy 6-6, 5th in the ACC, and has a bunch of terrible conference losses at that. That's all you need to know. Oregon State FTW!!!!
Jason Frost: TBA
Bottom Line: Oregon State 2, Maryland 0
Background: The Two Teams have never met.
Boise State: 9 Straight Win Tear Through the WAC before a loss to Hawaii
East Carolina: 1 Win
Boise State Advantages:
Many players remain from the teams miracle run that ended in a Fiesta bowl win.
They have utterly dominated the WAC (Aside from Hawaii).
Statistically speaking, they are BCS good offensivly and defensively.
Boise State Disadvantages:
Incredibly weak schedule. It can be argued that ECU might've done just as well with their schedule.
They will be missing their top Wide Reviever due to a rules violation.
They will have very few fans.
East Carolina Advantages:
Has played respectably against tough non-conference opponents, such as Virginia Tech and West Virginia.
Has a couple power wins over bowl-teams Houston and Memphis.
They have a not-too-shabby running back, Chris Johnson.
East Carolina Disadvantages:
They have dismal offensive and defensive stats....in Conference USA.
They only have a good running game....and are going up against one of the best run-defenses in the country.
They have a pretty low-end kicker.
They also will have very few fans.
They will have more fans here than Boise and East Carolina fans combined.
Jason Frost: Boise State. East Carolina faithful will have a long way to travel to get to Hawaii, but fortunately for them it's Hawaii so they will have something to do after Boise State blows out their team. East Carolina has a lousy defense, and a far worse offense then Boise State, this one won't be close, Boise State by double digits.
OKLuschen: Boise State. It's not even close really. I can't see any reason that East Carolina should win this game at all. Broncos roll.
Zorgon: Boise State. It won't be a blowout, because they'll have to rely a lot more on their running game. Even if ECU does equal their running, I'd still venture that they have a better passing game and defense. I only see an ECU win if Ian Johnson gets injued and Chris Johnson goes carrazy. So, Boise with a sizeable win in front of this largely neutral crowd.
Bottom Line: Boise State 3, East Carolina 0
UCLA leads series 7-1.
UCLA: 1 Loss.
BYU: 9 Game Winning Streak
They beat BYU earlier in the year, 27-17.
They've had big wins, beating California and Oregon.
They are an unpredictable team, but if they somehow turn it on for this game (Hopefully, it's a bowl game) they have a sizeable chance of winning.
They are much more experienced in playing big-time Pac-10 teams, and if you look at their schedule, it looked like a 6-6 season any way you slice it.
They have an excellent kicker, which could come in handy for their tired offense.
Their coach got fired, and their Defensive coordinator is the head coach.
It has been considered an overall dissapointment of a season for the usually stronger Bruins.
Their defense has been easily broken by any decent offensive team....those shoes are easily filled by BYU.
They've lost against some real stinkers, such as Washington State and Notre Dame.
They have lost multiple players on offense, so it's unlikely they'll be able to compete in a shootout.
THEY LOST TO NOTRE DAME!!!!
Uh....can you say 10 wins?
Their only losses came to UCLA itelf (when they were ranked #13) and against a very strong Tulsa team.
They lead one of the best offenses in the nation, and could beat UCLA in a shootout.They have one of the nations top defenses.
Zorgon: Florida Atlantic. You can tell who's gonna win this game simply by reasoning and strength of schedule. Memphis has had an absolute joke of a schedule, while Florida Atlantic pretty much had the toughest schedule possible. The only reason Memphis would be in over say, Troy is because of the massacre that occured at the school. My heart goes out to them, but all signs point to lots of burgers with schnellen sauce.
OKLuschen: Memphis. Don't get me wrong, ole' Schnell has done a great job. But comeon, it's FAU. They had a very nice win against Troy, but without that one game, they aren't even taking the field this holiday season. Memphis big.
Jason Frost: Memphis. The highpowered Memphis passing game will overpower the weak FAU secondary, look for a close, high scoring game with Memphis winning by a TD.
Bottom Line: Florida Atlantic 1, Memphis 2