Sunday, December 31, 2006

New Year's Day Bowl Bonanza

Previewing the rest of the New Year's Day Bowl Games...

Auburn vs Nebraska
Why to Watch: Two storied programs meet in the one of the best venues for college football, the Cotton Bowl. Auburn may have a bad taste in its mouth after being left of the BCS for LSU, whom they beat earlier in the year. Bill Callahan has transformed Nebraska from an option to pro style attack and been pretty successful at it.
What will Happen: I think Auburn is really sulking at not being invited to the BCS. The last time they came in with a chip on their shoulder they got blown out by Wisconsin last year in the Capitol One Bowl. Nebraska has everything to gain and Callahan will make Tuberville look conservative.
Nebraska over Auburn

Tennessee vs Penn State
Why to Watch: Another classic matchup involving two heavyweights (no pun intended) in the current coaching ranks. Penn State played Wisconsin, Michigan, and Ohio State all very close. Joe Paterno has said he is coming back next year, but he will not be coaching from the sidelines and you have to wonder if the injury has caused him to lose some of his passion.
What will Happen: The Nittany Lions possess a pretty strong defense and should be able to contain the Erik Ainge to Robert Meacham connection. Still, Penn State has struggled all year on offense. I like the Vols defense to force some turnovers and give their offense a short field.
Tennessee over Penn State

Arkansas vs Wisconsin
Why to Watch: As the third team in the Big 10, Wisconsin got left out of the BCS despite their 11-1 record. Arkansas has lost their last two, but those two losses have come against Florida and LSU. The Hogs Darren McFadden finished second in the Heisman voting.
What will Happen: This looks like one of the best matchups on paper New Years Day. The Badgers might feel a little slighted coming in as the underdog. McFadden and Felix Jones need to be difference makers for the Razorbacks and mask their inabilities in the passing game.
Arkansas over Wisconsin

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