A quick note: I have decided to change it up this year and do daily posts instead of the long winded versions last year.
Thursday December 26
Little Caesar's Bowl - 6 PM ESPN
Pittsburgh Panthers vs Bowling Green Falcons
Location: Detroit MI Ford Field (home of the Lions)
- The #MACtion champion Falcons arrive in Detroit fresh off a sound beating of Northern Illinois and their Heisman candidate QB Jordan Lynch. They also come with an interim coach as Dave Clawson is headed to Wake Forest. How will they react to having a new coach and can they get up for a lousy Panthers team? On the Pittsburgh side, can all-world/walking trophy case senior DT Aaron Donald rally the troops to an upset special? Will he be slowed down from having to carry all those awards (seriously he received pretty much every award you can get for linemen). The Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Bednarik made the AP All America first team while also getting the ACC DPOY award. It's the first time anyone has swept the four trophies in one year. Donald is a first round pick at this point, barring unforeseen events. Alas, no matter how many awards he wins, Pittsburgh is doomed unless Larry Fitzgerald, LeSean McCoy and Darrelle Revis all somehow have some eligibility left.
San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl - 9:30 PM ESPN
Utah State Aggies vs (23) Northern Illinois Huskies
Location: Qualcomm Stadium (home of the Chargers and SDSU)
- The annual winner of the most pointlessly long bowl name goes to...yeah I'm not typing it out again. As for the on field product, it's a shame that Aggie QB Chuckie Keeton has been out for the year. Utah State is coming off a disappointing effort against Fresno State in the MWC title game. Can they rebound against a similarly disappointed BCS Bust-ed Huskies team? A match with the record setting Heisman candidate QB Jordan Lynch looms. Lynch certainly has a tendency to insert his feet into his mouth when going on public record. He haughtily intimated that Northern Illinois would boldly upset FSU in the 2013 Orange Bowl, only to see it shoved back in his face repeatedly. The Chicago native also went on TV during the 2013 Heisman Trophy broadcast and mentioned that New York pizza has nothing on Chicago pizza, eliciting several boos from the crowd. The beacon of class and dignity he is not. Another thing he isn't is an NFL quarterback prospect. He may have to switch positions to make it in the league.