2010 College Football Bowl Schedule: Bowls This Weekend

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2010 R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl: Troy Trojans Vs. Ohio Bobcats


Troy Trojans (7-5, 6-2 Sun Belt) vs. Ohio Bobcats (8-4, 6-2 MAC)


R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl
December 18 - 9:00 pm - ESPN
New Orleans, LA
$325,000 payout per team

Today marks the 10th anniversary of the New Orleans Bowl, calling its namesake home since 2001 (with the exception of 2005, when the game was moved to Lafayette, LA due to Hurricane Katrina). Troy has played in this bowl once before, winning in 2006 41-17 over Rice. Unfortunately, that is Troy's only FBS bowl win, having lost their other three bowl appearances. Conversely, Ohio has not won a bowl, going 0-4 in their bowls since 1962. Last year the Bobcats lost 21-17 to Marshall in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl.

These two teams have never faced each other, so each will be anxious to get on the field and see what the other is capable of. Troy is led by Larry Blakeney, who has been with the Trojans for 20 years now, amassing a record of 160-82-1. Ohio head coach Frank Solich has been with the Bobcats since 2005, going 40-35 in his six years at the helm.

Troy's 6-2 Sun Belt record was tied with Florida International for the conference best, but due to their head to head loss to FIU, the Trojans finished in second place. Similarly, Ohio went 6-2 in the MAC, good for second place in the East Division behind MAC champion Miami (Ohio)
- Analysis for SBN Pittsburgh by Jeff Junstrom


Analyst Projections
Aaron - Ohio
Anson - Troy
Jeff - Ohio

From ESPN:

The Trojans have won at least a share of the Sun Belt title for the fifth straight season. They will be playing in New Orleans for the third time in five seasons. This is also their fifth bowl appearance in the past seven years. This is the first bowl meeting between the schools. Ohio is making its second straight bowl appearance, but is 0-4 all-time in bowl games. -- Andrea Adelson

From Fox Sports:

Troy and Central Michigan played one of the best games of the 2009-2010 bowl season, but Ohio's offense isn't the CMU attack of last year. The Bobcats play great run defense and have an efficient offense, while Troy doesn't play defense and has good, explosive pop. It'll be a better game than most of the bowls, but it won't get any attention.

From SB Nation:

The MAC and Sun Belt conferences look to settle the score once and for all in New Orleans on Dec. 18. In the first day of bowls, the Troy Trojans and Ohio Bobcats will square-off in the New Orleans Bowl at the Superdome. The Trojans finished tied with FIU atop the Sun Belt standings while Ohio finished second in the MAC's Eastern division.

Inconsistent may be the best world to describe Troy. The Trojans hung with Oklahoma State early in the season, falling to the Cowboys, 41-38. Against another top-flight opponent, Troy went down without a fight, dropping a game against South Carolina, 69-24. Due to some fancy Sun Belt tie-breakers that don't actually exist, Troy shared the title with FIU despite being blown out by the Golden Panthers, 52-35.

On the other side of the field, Ohio brings an 8-4 record to the table, including a 6-2 mark in the MAC. The Bobcats opened the season with a win over the fighting Wofford Terriers before dropping the next three, including a 42-7 loss to Ohio State. The ship was righted and wins came rolling in as the Bobcats rolled through the MAC. It wasn't until the final game of the regular season that Ohio lost again, stumbling on the road against Kent State.

Mid-major football at its finest in New Orleans on the first day of bowl season? Count me in.


2010 uDrove Humanitarian Bowl: Fresno State Bulldogs Vs. Northern Illinois Huskies


Fresno State Bulldogs (8-4, 5-3 WAC) vs. Northern Illinois Huskies (10-3, 8-0* MAC)

Humanitarian Bowl
December 18 - 5:30 pm - ESPN
Boise, ID
$750,000 payout per team

Northern Illinois and Fresno State will meet in the fourteenth playing of the Humanitarian Bowl, which first started in 1996. This is Northern Illinois' first trip to the Humanitarian Bowl, while Fresno State has made two appearances, winning each of them. Most recently, Fresno State beat Georgia Tech 40-28 in the 2007 edition of the Humanitarian Bowl. Last season, Idaho beat Bowling Green in a high scoring affair, 43-42.

These two teams have faced each other four times previously, with each school winning twice. Northern Illinois came out victorious in the last meeting, a 55-7 drubbing of the Bulldogs in 1991.

Northern Illinois enters this matchup as MAC West Division Champions and finished the season with an undefeated conference record and an overall record of 10-2. However, NIU lost to Miami (Ohio) in the MAC championship game. The Huskies’ head coach Jerry Kill has left the team to take the head coaching job at Minnesota; coaching the Humanitarian Bowl will be longtime assistant Tom Matukewicz. Fresno State’s season has been somewhat disappointing, finishing fourth in the WAC with a 5-3 conference record and 8-4 overall record. Led by well respected head coach Pat Hill, the Bulldogs look to put a positive finish on what has an underachieving season for Fresno State.
- Analysis for SBN Pittsburgh by Aaron Hawley

SBN PITTSBURGH BOLD PREDICTION - Northern Illinois 31, Fresno State 24

Analysts Projections
Aaron - NIU
Anson - Fresno St.
Jeff - Fresno St.

From ESPN:

Northern Illinois is making its third consecutive bowl appearance for the first time in school history and is 2-3 all-time in bowl games. Even though the Huskies lost a heartbreaker in the MAC title game, they still have a chance to go for a school-record 11 wins. Fresno State is making its fourth straight bowl game and is in the Humanitarian for the first time since 2007. -- Andrea Adelson

From Fox Sports:

NIU head coach Jerry Kill is off to Minnesota, and after the stunning gag against Miami (Ohio) in the MAC Championship, this hasn't been a good week for the Huskies. Fresno State would rather be playing a BCS, brand-name team, but beating Illinois in the regular-season finale will have to do. The NIU running game vs. the aggressive Bulldogs pass rush should be worth the price of admission.

From SB Nation:

The Humanitarian Bowl is one of the first ones to be played this bowl season, and may also be one of the first to be rendered almost completely worthless as a predictor of future performance.

Northern Illinois and Fresno State will link up to play in the Humanitarian Bowl on December 18 at 5:30 p.m. Eastern at Boise State's Bronco Stadium in Boise, but the chances that Jerry Kill will be the Huskies' coach in the game dwindle with every passing hour.

That's because Kill has agreed to become the next coach at Minnesota, according to Minnesota's Rivals site. He'll leave a very good Northern Illinois team for that job with the Golden Gophers, one that could win its bowl game without him but would be helped by his presence.

But there's no way that anything about this bowl should be used to forecast 2011 results. The Huskies will be a team in limbo, and Fresno State is a perpetual enigma.

* - Northern Illinois lost in the MAC Championship Game to Miami (OH)


2010 New Mexico Bowl: BYU Cougars Vs. UTEP Miners


BYU Cougars (6-6, 5-3 MWC) vs. UTEP Miners (6-6, 3-5 CUSA)

New Mexico Bowl
December 18 - 2:00 pm - ESPN
Albuquerque, NM
$750,000 payout per team


BYU and UTEP will meet in the fifth-ever occurrence of the New Mexico Bowl, which began in 2006 and has called Albuquerque home every year since. Last year, Wyoming beat Fresno St. 35-28. Neither the Cougars nor the Miners have ever played in the New Mexico Bowl.

These teams have played against each other before, though, dating all the way back to 1946. The Cougars overwhelmingly lead the head-to-head series, winning 28 of the 36 matchups, including 11 of the last 12. The last time these teams met, in 1998, BYU handed UTEP a 31-14 loss.

BYU is led by head coach Bronco Mendenhall, who has been in charge of the Cougars since 2005. On the other sideline, Mike Price has been head coach for the Miners since 2004. BYU had a down season by recent Cougar standards, but looks to bounce back against a UTEP team that ended the regular season on a downward spiral.
- Analysis for SBN Pittsburgh by Jeff Junstrom


Analyst Projections
Jeff - BYU
Anson - BYU
Aaron - BYU

From ESPN:

The two former WAC rivals are playing for the first time since 1998. BYU is 3-2 in its past five bowl appearances, and this is the first season since 2005 that the Cougars are not going to post a 10-win season. UTEP is making its first bowl appearance since 2005 and playing its fourth bowl game since 2000. The Miners have dropped four straight bowl games. -- Andrea Adelson

From Fox Sports:

Traditionally a dog of a bowl, the New Mexico Bowl gets a UTEP team that lost five of its last six games, has no offensive consistency, and little defensive line. BYU isn't the BYU of the past, but it managed to rally from an awful start to win four of its last five games to get here.

From SB Nation:

The Miners have arrived at this bowl berth in typical UTEPian fashion, winning five of their first six games before losing five of their last six. A November 6 win over SMU got them to the six-win mark. They'll face stiff competition from the Cougars, who've righted their season after a series of early and inexplicable faceplants.

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