After doing a little bit of reading, I still can’t find out exactly why Orlando, FL has a 70,000-seat stadium, but no college or professional teams to use them. And no, I’m not counting the UFL team that plays there three times a year or the two bowl games played there. The Citrus Bowl used to be UCF’s home stadium, but they complained it was kind of a dump, so they built their own very nice joint.
At the moment, the Citrus Bowl hosts the Champs Sports Bowl, the Citrus Bowl, the home games from The Waterboy, and the home of Hayden Fox’s Orlando Breakers from the TV series “Coach.” That’s pretty much it. I wonder if they’re going to take a shot at the Jaguars when they move just to keep the train of mediocrity running.
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
4:30 pm ET
UC,LA (6-6) vs. Temple (9-3) (+4)
Maybe Booter knows the answer to this question, I don’t know, but some one needs to explain to me how UC,LA kicker Kai Forbath can win the Lou Groza Award as the nation’s outstanding kicker and yet only be second-team all-American. Did some one f*ck up in the vote counting room when they were figuring out the all-Americans? What the hell happened?
I think the Bruins’ defense will be the difference in this game. Temple’s offense is ground-oriented, and a focused defense can stop any running attack, especially when it’s essentially Temple’s only option. The UC,LA defense hasn’t been great this year, but they’re still talented enough to handle a MAC team. I’m just not sure how they’re going to score any points.
Temple’s D is fine, I guess, but UC,LA’s offense is terrible. Just terrible. And Rick Neuheisel is an offensive coach too. See what happens when your team doesn’t have a quarterback or an offensive line worth a damn? Count your blessings.
8 pm ET
Champs Sports Bowl
(15) The U (9-3) vs. (25) Wisconsin (9-3) (+4)
I haven’t followed Miami close enough to know why they gave Graig Cooper only 129 carries or his backup only 89 carries when they both seem to be very effective backups. Did Cooper get hurt? Did the OC fall in love with the pass and essentially create both the ‘Canes’ biggest successes with Jacory Harris under center and also the team’s biggest weakness (turnovers, Harris’ nation-leading interception rate)? For the second preview in a row today, I have more questions than answers. That’s how it goes with these mid-level bowls, I guess.
I’m on something of a streak of loving the way Wisconsin plays football, but categorically refusing to pick them against anyone. I know their defense is perfectly capable of stopping Miami, but I just can’t bring myself to pick UW over any good team from another conference. I just can’t. They are a slow team and when they face any speed at all, it just seems like they’re going to get murdered.
This is going to send me in circles because Wisconsin lives off stopping the run and forcing the opposing quarterbacks into mistakes, which is exactly Miami’s Achilles heel. This sucks. Call me a Big Ten hater, even though I’m an Indiana grad, but I just can’t pick Wisconsin.
Under normal circumstances, that is.