Tag:BYU Cougars
Posted on: December 22, 2009 2:51 am
Edited on: December 22, 2009 7:50 pm

Pre-Christmas Bowls

Well, the first weekend I went 1-2.  I plan to improve upon that.  But really... who saw Wyoming putting together that performance.  No one, that's who.

Oregon State (8-4) -2.5 vs. BYU (10-2)
Tues. Dec 22 8PM on ESPN
Why to Watch: It's one of the few matchups between Top 25 teams.  The Las Vegas Bowl is usually an offensive shoot-out and this year will be no exception.  Both teams have high-powered offenses.  This game was made for January 1st, but you get it a week early, Merry Christmas from the Bowl committee. 

Who to Watch: OSU: The Brothers Rodgers - WR James had 2213 total yards and 10 TD's. RB Jacquizz had 1900 total yards and 21 total TD's. BYU: WR McKay Jacobson - He's 6th on the team with receptions (21), but second on the team with 529 yards.  He averages 25.2 yards per catch, he's the definition of a big-play receiver. 

What to Watch:  This is going to be the most entertaining December game, by far.  Both teams offenses are big play, high-powered offenses.  This is the perfect early bowl matchup.  No MTSU's. No Wyoming's.  Two ranked teams, and two entertaining teams.  QB Sean Canfield has improved throughout the season and has steadied this offense for Oregon State.  QB Max Hall has had a rough senior season.  After defeating Oklahoma to start the season there was talk BYU could go undefeated, but that dream fell short.  He had some good games, but he did throw 14 picks this year.  Overall, I think Hall will have to spread the ball around to Jacobson, TE Dennis Pitta and WR O'Neill Chambers to have a chance. 

Prediction: Beavers 45, Cougars 41

Utah (9-3) vs. Cal (8-4) -3
Wed. Dec 23 8PM on ESPN

Why to Watch: The biggest reason was RB Jahvid Best for Cal, but unfortunately he's doubtful for the game.  It'll still be a good game, but Best was the highlight of this matchup. 

Who to Watch: Utah: QB Jordan Wynn - Wynn is a true Freshman and will lead this team against Cal, he's had accuracy issues, but his mobility could be his biggest asset.Cal: RB Shane Vereen - In the 5 games he subbed for best he averaged 133 Yards per game on the ground.  He had 12 TD's on the year.

What to Watch: The Utah Defense is going to do all it can to shut down Vereen and force Cal QB Kevin Riley to beat them.  Riley is not a big game QB and will never be confused for one.  This is a pretty big game, so I wouldn't expect a lot out of Riley.  Utah has won 8 straight bowl games, and i am expecting them to make it 9 straight.

Prediction: Utes 24, Golden Bears 21

Nevada (8-4) -12.5 vs. SMU (7-5)
Thu. Dec 24 on ESPN

Why to Watch: Nevada's Three-Headed Monster in the backfield.  Also, SMU's June Jones makes his return to paradise for the first time since leaving Hawaii two years ago.  

Who to Watch: Nevada: QB Colin Kaepernick - He threw for 1875 yards and ran for 1160 and had 35 total TD's. SMU: WR Emmanuel Sanders - Leads the team with 91 receptions, 1215 yards and 6 TD's.

What to Watch: Watch to see RB's Vai Taua (1345 Yards, 10 TD's) and Luke Lippincott (1034 yards and 9 TD's) alongside Kaepernick in the nation's most potent rush offense.  As a team, Nevada averaged 7.6 yards per rush.  That's video game type numbers.  SMU ranked 88th in rush defense, so there is a huge statistical advantage here for Nevada.  SMU has a great RB in ShawnBrey McNeal, but he and Sanders alone won't be able to keep pace with the Nevada offense.

Prediction: Wolfpack 42, Mustangs 17
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