December 30, 2009 |
The Rose Bowl is known for its parade, postcard setting and Granddaddy tradition. The Sugar Bowl has Bourbon Street, the Orange Bowl South Beach. The Holiday Bowl, played in San Diego, is known for offense and high-scoring games. Brigham Young's Steve Young and Ty Detmer, Oklahoma State's Barry Sanders and Oregon's Jeremiah Masoli are among the players who have lighted up the Holiday Bowl scoreboard since the late 1970s. But today, when Nebraska plays Arizona at Qualcomm Stadium, all eyes and cameras are sure to be trained on a defensive lineman: Nebraska tackle Ndamukong Suh. The 6-foot-4, 300-pound senior is projected as the possible No. 1 pick in the NFL draft.
December 24, 2009 |
Robert Johnson might have provided his team with the perfect recruiting slogan. "You come to Utah," the senior free safety from Los Angeles said, "you win bowl rings." Johnson collected his third piece of postseason jewelry Wednesday evening at Qualcomm Stadium after Utah scored 27 unanswered points to rally from an early two-touchdown deficit and overwhelm California, 37-27, in the Poinsettia Bowl. Freshman quarterback Jordan Wynn completed 26 of 36 passes for a career-high 338 yards and three touchdowns for the Utes (10-3)
December 22, 2009
MAACO LAS VEGAS BOWL OREGON STATE (8-4) VS. BRIGHAM YOUNG (10-2) When: 5 PST. Where: Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas. About Oregon State: The Beavers were aiming for their first Rose Bowl berth since the 1964 season but lost out to Oregon. About Brigham Young: Max Hall is a finalist for the Manning Award, which goes to the nation's top quarterback. Prediction: Oregon State 35, Brigham Young 31. -- Orlando Sentinel
December 17, 2009 |
The best luck I've had with bowl picks, other than randomly drawing out of Bear Bryant's hat, is selecting winners based on the "want to be there" factor. Roses and poinsettias are both flowers, true, but which stem would you pick? Be attuned to programs that have an overinflated sense of entitlement and self. Consider the emotional states of 19-year-old sophomores who didn't sign letters of intent intending to play Dec. 26 in Detroit, no matter how you slice it (the title pizza sponsor)
December 16, 2009
Bruins' bowling While the EagleBank Bowl will mark Temple's third bowl-game appearance in 112 years, it will be UCLA's eighth bowl appearance this decade -- under five different coaches ( denotes interim coach): Year Coach Bowl Result 2007 DeWayne Walker Las Vegas Bowl lost to Brigham Young, 17-16 2006 Karl Dorrell Emerald Bowl lost to Florida State, 44-27 2005 Karl Dorrell Sun Bowl defeated Northwestern, 50-38 2004 Karl Dorrell Las Vegas Bowl lost to Wyoming, 24-21 2003 Karl Dorrell Silicon Valley Bowl lost to Fresno State, 17-9 2002 Ed Kezirian Las Vegas Bowl defeated New Mexico, 27-13 2000 Bob Toledo Sun Bowl lost to Wisconsin, 21-20
December 13, 2009 |
UCLA's wait is over, and Bruins Coach Rick Neuheisel can claim victory. A bowl game was set as the bar for success this season and the Bruins got there, but only after Navy defeated Army, 17-3, Saturday. That put UCLA in the EagleBank Bowl against Temple on Dec. 29 at RFK Stadium in Washington. "We've reached our goal," Neuheisel said. "Now, we need to finish with a flurry." Standing in the way of that will be Temple (9-3), which had its first winning season since 1990 and is appearing in only its third bowl game.