Looks like we could have a couple gutter balls today, but damn it…it’s football.
Here is how the There is NO Offseason members voted for the games today with some quotes from our gambling member, MCB.
PapaJohns.com Bowl: 71% in favor of Cincinnati
MCB-“Cincinnati destroys Southern Miss. This is the game that you bet your first born on. “
New Mexico Bowl: 71% in favor of New Mexico
MCB-“This is a tougher game to pick since New Mexico is at home, but I’ve seen Nevada play several times this season and the Wolfpack is a scoring machine. The Lobos struggled on offense much of the season. I’m taking Nevada to win the game straight up. Take the 3 points.”
Las Vegas Bowl: 57% in favor of UCLA
MCB-“UCLA has no offense and BYU will dominate.”
Missouri Mafia-“UCLA beat em once already this year…………but now they are beat up & the coach was fired. I dunno BYU might get ’em this time.”
MCB response-“BYU has won 9 straight and UCLA has lost 5 of last 7. Do you even think UCLA gives a crap about this game? BYU will dominate every facet of this game. Lay the 6 points.”
Some Rivals.com Preview action…
|SATURDAY, DEC. 22
Southern Miss (7-5) vs. Cincinnati (9-3)
Site: Legion Field, Birmingham, Ala.
Time: 1 p.m.
Network: ESPN2 (Pam Ward play-by-play, Ray Bentley analyst)
The line: Cincinnati by 11
Top storyline: Want to know about college coaching in a nutshell? Take a look at the sidelines. Jeff Bower resigned under pressure despite a 119-82-1 record and 10 bowls in 17 seasons at Southern Miss. Cincinnati will be happy if hot-shot Brian Kelly sticks around for another season or two.
Player to watch: Cincinnati strong safety Haruki Nakamura is the heart and soul of a defense that forced 39 turnovers, a total second in the nation to USF’s 40.
Watchability factor: This is the Papa John’s pizza of bowl games. It whets the appetite, but there are far better options out there.
|New Mexico Bowl
Nevada (6-6) at New Mexico (8-4)
Site: University Stadium, Albuquerque.
Time: 4:30 p.m.
Network: ESPN (Dave Barnett play-by-play, Rod Gilmore analyst)
The line: New Mexico by 3
Top storyline: Maybe home-field advantage will help the Lobos in their second trip to the New Mexico Bowl. New Mexico is 0-4 in bowl games under Rocky Long, including a 20-12 loss to San Jose State in last season’s game in Albuquerque.
Player to watch: New Mexico kicker John Sullivan has made 26-of-29 field goals this year despite a torn ACL in his plant leg.
Watchability factor: Take our advice: Find something better to do on a Saturday night, especially with New Mexico starting tailback Rodney Ferguson out (suspension).
|Las Vegas Bowl
BYU (10-2) vs. UCLA (6-6)
Site: Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas
Time: 8 p.m.
Network: ESPN (Brad Nessler play-by-play, Bob Griese and Paul Maguire analysts)
The line: BYU by 5.5
Top storyline: By September of next season, UCLA and BYU will be more familiar with each other than with conference opponents. The Bruins beat BYU 27-17 on Sept. 8 and will meet the Cougars next season in Provo on Sept. 13. Even stranger, BYU could face three different UCLA coaches: fired coach Karl Dorrell, interim coach DeWayne Walker and a yet-to-be named new coach.
Players to watch: BYU’s young offense (sophomore quarterback Max Hall, redshirt freshman running back Harvey Unga, sophomore wide receiver Austin Collie and sophomore tight end Dennis Pitta) has grown up since its first meeting against UCLA.
Watchability factor: Despite being the most accomplished of the Western non-major programs, BYU has only watched while Utah, Boise State and Hawaii have taken the BCS spoils. Could this game be a springboard for BYU?