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Ranking The 2012-2013 Bowls - The Mediocre

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Posted Dec 8, 2012


Before they start, the ranking of the bowls - No. 21 to 25

 
2012-2013 Bowl Matchups

The Mediocre 
 





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The 2012-2013 Pre-Bowl Rankings
- The Can't Miss - The Top 5  
- The Excellent - No. 6 to No. 10 
- The Solid - No. 11 to No. 15
- Just Bowls. No More, No Less - No. 16 to No. 20
- The Mediocre - No. 21 to No. 25
- The Lousy - No. 26 to No. 30 
- Seriously? - No. 30 to No. 35  

25. San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia

BYU vs. San Diego State
San Diego, CA Qualcomm Stadium
Dec. 20, 8:00 pm, ESPN 

Three Reasons Why You Have To Watch This Bowl

1. BYU always seems to bring the effort to the bowls. The team has been stuck in a bit of a rut for a while, being tied into this bowl from the start of the season and having little to play for over the last few weeks. Even so, the offense picked up hitting the 50-point mark in two of its last three games.

2. San Diego State is on a roll. The co-Mountain West champion has won seven straight including a shocker at Boise State to turn the conference season on its ear. The running game is among the best in the country.

3. The excitement should be there. It’s a home game for the Aztecs, while BYU brings fans in San Diego. The two teams should be pumped up for the game – effort won’t be a problem.

And Why You Shouldn’t Care A Lick: The two teams are a bit too flaky and there’s a chance for a lopsided result. The Aztec offense isn’t exactly explosive with a bit too many problems against mediocre teams like UNLV, while BYU’s defense has the potential to rise up and shut things down. The Cougars are third in the nation in total D and second against the run.

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1. RB Adam Muema, Soph. San Diego State – The centerpiece of the Rocky Long rushing attack, Muema finished up the regular season with 255 yards and four scores against Wyoming.

2. WR Cody Hoffman, Jr. BYU – The offense has been inconsistent all season long, but Hoffman has turned into a star, exploding for 34 catches over the last three games and with five scoring grabs against New Mexico State.

3. CB Leon McFadden, Sr. San Diego State – One of the nation’s better defensive backs, he only has three picks on the season but he has ten broken up passes and is a terrific tackler.

Gut-Reaction Pick That Might Change In The Next Few Days On A Whim: BYU 24 … San Diego State 20

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24. Kraft Fight Hunger

Navy vs. Arizona State
San Francisco, CA AT&T Park
Dec. 29, 3:15 pm, ESPN or ESPN2  

Three Reasons Why You Have To Watch This Bowl

1. ASU is under new management with head coach Todd Graham coming up with a solid first season complete with a rivalry win over Arizona to close out the regular season. This is a fun team that’s great at getting into the backfield on defense and balanced on offense.

2. Navy is going to be pumped up after missing out on a bowl last season. The call went out from the start of the season to be more physical and stronger, and while that hasn’t always translated into big results, the team is hot again at just the right time.

3. The bowl has been a good one lately with four of the last five decided by seven points or fewer. It wasn’t always this way, going through an ugly stretch in the mid-2000s, but despite being low scoring, the last few have been entertaining.

And Why You Shouldn’t Care A Lick: Both teams have been miserable in bowl games recently. Navy was awful in a blowout loss to San Diego State two seasons ago making it four defeats in the last five. Arizona State has lost three straight getting blasted last year by Boise State and losing the previous two appearances in blowouts.

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1. QB Taylor Kelly, Soph. Arizona State – One of the Pac-12’s rising stars, the sophomore threw 25 touchdown passes with just nine picks. He can run a bit, too.

2. RB Gee Gee Greene, Sr. Navy – The Midshipmen use a variety of backs and runners to make the machine go, but it’s Greene who’s the dangerous home run hitter averaging over seven yards per carry. He can also catch, too.

3. DT Will Sutton, Jr. Arizona State – One of the nation’s most active interior defenders, he has been a dominant force at times with 19.5 sacks and 20 tackles for loss on the season.

Gut-Reaction Pick That Might Change In The Next Few Days On A Whim: Arizona State 41 … Navy 24

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23. Beef 'O' Brady's St. Petersburg

UCF vs. Ball State
St. Petersburg, FL Tropicana Field
Dec. 21, 7:30 pm, ESPN

Three Reasons Why You Have To Watch This Bowl

1. Ball State is better than you think. The three losses on the year came against Clemson, Kent State and Northern Illinois before going on a roll winning six straight games to close out the year. The Cardinals have a fun offense thanks to one of the MAC’s best lines.

2. Will UCF be fired up to be relatively close to home? Playing in St. Petersburg hasn’t meant much in the past in terms of attendance, but if there’s any sort of advantage, it should go to the Knights. This might not be George O’Leary’s best team, but the four losses came against Ohio State and Missouri in battles and twice against Tulsa.

3. Ball State has a wee bit of a reason to care – it’s going for its first bowl victory in six tries. It’s the program’s third bowl appearance in six years after getting blown out by Rutgers in 2007 and Tulsa in 2008. Meanwhile, after losing its first three bowls, UCF came up with its one and only bowl win two years ago over Georgia in the Liberty.

And Why You Shouldn’t Care A Lick: This has hardly been a memorably bowl over its four years of existence. Louisville and Southern Miss played a 31-28 thriller – the Cardinals won – two years ago, but that’s been it. The other three bowls were duds.

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1. RB Jahawn Edwards, Soph. Ball State – On a tear, Edwards has rushed for 100 yards or more in five of his last six games with the 98-yard, three touchdown effort against Miami University breaking up the run. Ball State likes to throw, but he’s the centerpiece of the offense.

2. WR Quincy McDuffie, Sr. UCF – Okay as a receiver with 28 catches for 350 yards and three touchdowns on the year, he’s special as a kickoff returner. Deadly with the ball in his hands, he leads the nation averaging 34.2 yards per try with three scores.

3. PK Steven Schott, Sr. Ball State – The miss against Miami University in the regular season finale was the first since September. The senior is second in the nation with 24 field goals, serving as a key part of the Ball State attack.

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22. Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas

Texas Tech vs. Minnesota
Houston, TX Reliant Stadium
Dec. 28, 9:00 pm, ESPN
 
Three Reasons Why You Have To Watch This Bowl

1. Lots and lots of big things have changed since these two battled it out in a 2006 Insight Bowl that could be reasonably argued was among the best bowl games in the last decade. The Red Raiders came back in improbably fashion for the overtime win, and it ended up changing the Gopher program.

2. Texas Tech has been great in bowl games in its recent history winning four of the last five, kicked off by that win over the Gophers. The Red Raiders can’t seem to play boring bowl games.

3. Minnesota is going to be very, very inspired. This should mark the first really big moment under head coach Jerry Kill’s era, and after struggling through the second half of the season, motivation won’t be an issue. However …

And Why You Shouldn’t Care A Lick: Minnesota isn’t very good at playing college football. It lost the last four bowl games and struggled this year after a hot start losing six of its last eight games. Texas Tech has hit the skids, too, losing four of its last five with the lone win coming in double overtime against a woeful Kansas.

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1. QB Seth Doege, Sr. Texas Tech – It has been an interesting career for Doege, who waited a long, long time before becoming the main man. He’ll probably pass the 4,000-yard mark on the season after the second drive, but he has to cut down on his picks throwing five in the last two.

2. QB/WR MarQueis Gray, Sr. Minnesota – Gray has been through it all, originally signed as an elite dual threat quarterback prospect and finishing up as a receiver after injuries struck this year. He wasn’t able to d much over the second half of the season, but with time off, he should finally be healthy.

3. WR Darrin Moore, Sr. Texas Tech – Few receivers are hotter catching 47 passes over the last five games with 326 yards and three scores in the last two games.

Gut-Reaction Pick That Might Change In The Next Few Days On A Whim: Texas Tech 31 … Minnesota 17

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21.Russell Athletic

Rutgers vs. Virginia Tech
Orlando, FL Florida Citrus Bowl
Dec. 28, 5:30 pm, ESPN    

Three Reasons Why You Have To Watch This Bowl

1. Doesn’t this seem like it should be an Orange Bowl matchup? Of course, Virginia Tech wasn’t Virginia Tech this season and needed to rally in its final two games just to get bowl eligible, and Rutgers blew is against Louisville, but it’s still a good-looking game – at least in theory.

2. There should be plenty of plays made behind the line. The Hokie defense is still strong despite all the problems across the board, and it ended up finishing first in the ACC in sacks and was 14th nationally in tackles for loss. Rutgers is 19th in tackles for loss.

3. Rutgers has been a terrific bowl team winning five straight with four in blowout fashion. This is a statement game for the Scarlet Knights with the Big Ten spotlight and pressure on – it’s time to produce even more on the field before the big move in a few years. For Virginia Tech, a win would make the season.

And Why You Shouldn’t Care A Lick: Virginia Tech isn’t very good. The offense is underwhelming and the defense has rarely been clutch. It’s not like all the losses have been close, getting rocked in four of them while needing overtime to get by a bad Boston College.

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1. LB Khaseem Greene, Sr. Rutgers – Arguably the best all-around linebacker in college football, he suffered a serious injury in last year’s bowl, but he came back to make 125 tackles with six forced fumbles and 5.5 sacks. He’s a terror.

2. QB Logan Thomas, Sr. Virginia Tech – The combination of size, arm strength and mobility are peerless, but he throws too many interceptions. There are too many skills to not be given a long look by an NFL team, but it would be nice to close out with a big win.

3. WR Mark Harrison, Sr. Rutgers – The Scarlet Knights don’t throw it all over the yard, but Harrison has turned into a key performer with two 100-yard games in his last three.

Gut-Reaction Pick That Might Change In The Next Few Days On A Whim: Rutgers 23 … Virginia Tech 16

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