Tuesday Question - Three Best Non-BCS Bowls

Posted Dec 5, 2006

What are the three non-BCS bowls you're most looking forward to?

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Pete Fiutak           
Q: Which three non-BCS bowls are you most looking forward to?

A: Capital One Bowl - Wisconsin vs. Arkansas
I'm a big fan of great running games and can't wait to see the lightning of Darren McFadden and Felix Jones vs. the thunder of P.J. Hill. This will be played in about 73 minutes and is as big as it gets for the pride of the two power conferences.

Sheraton Hawaii Bowl - Arizona State vs. Hawaii
If you haven't seen Hawaii play, here's your chance to catch the Colt Brennan-Davone Bess show. It'll be a shock if this isn't the highest scoring, wildest bowl game of them all with both offenses able to combine for close to 1,000 yards.

Pacific Life Holiday Bowl - California vs. Texas A&M
Each team has a lot to prove and should play one of the highest-level bowls of the pre-BCS season. Cal's DeSean Jackson and Marshawn Lynch are worth the price of admission, while the Texas A&M ground game should pound the ball for at least 250 yards.

Richard Cirminiello      
Q: Which three non-BCS bowls are you most looking forward to?

A: Las Vegas Bowl – Oregon vs. BYU – If the Ducks can correct their problems at quarterback from now until Dec. 21, this has the potential to be the most entertaining bowl game of the month.  There should be plenty of points to go along with an inspired, surging Cougar team that’s determined to make a statement with a win over a name brand opponent from a major conference.

Chick-fil-A Bowl – Georgia vs. Virginia Tech – The Hawaii Bowl between Arizona State and Hawaii will end with a basketball score, but a chance to get a sneak peek at two of next year’s potential powerhouses is an even bigger treat.  Both Georgia and Virginia Tech finished very strong, meaning the winner in Atlanta will have some serious momentum heading into 2007.  Dawg true freshman Matthew Stafford is showing signs of maturing, but will need to make a quantum leap to put a dent in a Hokie D that allowed 29 points over the second half of the season. 

Capital One Bowl – Arkansas vs. Wisconsin – Their record is as good as all but three teams in the country, but just how good are the Badgers, the forgotten one-loss team this year?  We’ll finally get an answer, after they play a top-notch Hog squad that features stars on both sides of the ball and darn near won the SEC title.  After playing an awful schedule that included just three teams that finished above .500, Wisconsin has a chance to bag the respect that’s escaped it all year.

John Harris             
Q: Which three non-BCS bowls are you most looking forward to?

A. 1.  New Orleans Bowl – Rice vs. Troy – Just to see Rice playing this late in December for the first time since 1961 is cool as heck.  On paper, it doesn’t have much in the way of excitement, but for a team that has come as far as Rice has this season under head coach Todd Graham, it’ll be exciting to see them finish the year off with a bowl win.  Wow, who’d have thunk it?

2.  Capital Bowl – Wisconsin vs. Arkansas – The second of two New Year’s Day SEC-Big Ten battles (Penn State vs. Tennessee in the Outback) takes place in downtown Orlando and is one game to look forward to for no other reason than the stark contrast in offensive styles.  Bruising Wisconsin RB P.J. Hill vs. Arkansas do-everything Heisman candidate Darren McFadden will front the marquee, but keep an eye on the underrated defenses on both sides.  Wisconsin dominated a highly confident Auburn team last year in the same game, but no one will find the SEC West champs disrespecting the Badgers this year.

3.  Chick-fil-a Bowl – Virginia Tech vs. Georgia – Ball carriers in this game will be hit hard and hit often.  It won’t be pretty from an offensive standpoint, but sometimes watching stout defenses lay the wood down for a full 60 minutes is fun to watch.  Well, at least for me.  The scoreboard operator won’t have much to do, but whoever is carrying the smelling salts had better get ready.  This one won’t be 40-3 like last year’s LSU-Miami matchup.

Matthew Zemek           
Q: Which three non-BCS bowls are you most looking forward to?

A: 3) Citrus (Yeah, I know the corporate name). Arkansas-Wisconsin is a heavyweight SEC-Big Ten battle. The bragging rights in the matchup are enough to sell this showdown, but a confrontation between the Badgers'

defense and Darren McFadden takes this game over the top.

2) Holiday. Virtually a federal law for this game to be an attractive non-BCS bowl. Jeff Tedford and Dennis Franchione are two creative minds but sketchy big-game resumes. How they coach--and how their teams respond to this occasion--will be very interesting to watch.

1) Cotton. Tommy Tuberville and Bill Callahan are two impressive football minds who have done solid work at their programs. Seeing Auburn and Nebraska play is a rare experience that--sadly--doesn't occur very often in the sport and its non-conference September portion of the schedule. It's a treat to have such a confrontation on January 1. And oh, get this: if you still don't think much of watching the Cotton Bowl early in the morning on New Year's Day (11:30 a.m. in the East, 8:30 on the West Coast), consider the fact that the legendary Pat Summerall will call this game for FOX. Great matchup and a great broadcaster. Can't beat that combo.