Tailgate

12:02:46 PM

As
expected Saints de-active McAllister and Horn

Seattle as expected de-activate D Jackson, Tobeck is active,

Weather

Pit-Cin: 80 percent chance of rain
at kickoff, winds 14 mph, currently raining

Jax-KC: reports earlier in the
week were calling for rain. Not now,
though winds 16 mph

Ne-Ten: 50 percent chance of rain
at kickoff, winds 12 mph

Gre-Chi: 40 percent chance of rain
at kickoff, winds 11 mph

Injuries

NO: will pull key starters early, Horn, Stecker
inactive, McAllister doubtful

Cle: Ken Dorsey first ever start at QB

NYJ: Houston
and Coles probable but decided for sure after warm-ups

Ariz:
Warner starts at QB

Ind:
Rhodes probable

GB: Driver starts

Chi: Starters will play around a half

 

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Tennessee-Penn State

Mercury News

They’ve given up 26 points in the last four ballgames,”
said Philip Fulmer, the head coach of PSU’s Outback
Bowl opponent, Tennessee. For the
third straight season, the Lions fielded a top-20 defense, limiting opponents
to an average of 279 yards per game. Only 15 defenses in the nation surrendered
less. The unit had just one lackluster outing—in a 41-17 setback at Notre Dame
in September—but kept Penn State in every other game, routinely overcoming bad
field position and long stretches of work brought on by a struggling offense.
And the defense continued to improve, allowing just two touchdowns in the final
21 quarters of the regular season. The unit wound up ranking among the nation’s
top 11 in four important categories: scoring defense (14.8 points per game);
rush defense (87.8 yards per game); pass efficiency defense; and sacks (38).
Even in PSU’s three Big Ten Conference losses—against
top-ranked Ohio State,
No. 3 Michigan and No. 7 Wisconsin—the defense managed to make statements.
After watching Michigan and Ohio
State
roll up a combined 81 points
and nearly 1,000 yards of offense against each other, Sports Illustrated
marveled that the Lions’ defense managed to limit each to just two touchdowns.

Michigan-USC

Associated Press

There was no celebrating a traditional matchup in the Rose
Bowl – at least by the participants. Southern California of the Pac-10 and
Michigan of the Big Ten will meet New Year’s Day in the granddaddy of ‘em all, with each playing in the game for the third time in
four years. Both had hoped to be in Glendale, Ariz.,
a week later, playing for the national title. That honor goes to Ohio
State
and Florida
– ranked 1-2 in the final Bowl Championship Series standings released Sunday.
USC and Michigan had their
chances. The Trojans (10-2) entered the weekend with the inside track toward
facing the unbeaten Buckeyes, but a 13-9 loss to crosstown
rival UCLA on Saturday knocked them out.

No. 3 Michigan (11-1) was overtaken by Florida
(12-1) on the strength of the Gators’ 38-28 triumph over Arkansas
in the Southeastern Conference championship game later Saturday. The Wolverines
didn’t get their hoped-for rematch with the Buckeyes, who beat them 42-39 on Nov. 18 in the final regular-season game for
both teams. USC has played in 30 previous Rose Bowl games, going 21-9, while Michigan
has played in 23, going 11-12.

Boise-Oklahoma

Kitspan Sun

The Jan. 1 contest between his ninth-ranked Broncos (12-0)
and No. 7 Oklahoma (11-2) arguably is the biggest game in Boise
State
history and certainly the
biggest in Petersen’s six seasons at the school — five as offensive coordinator
and one as head coach.

Georgia Tech-West Virginia

Florida Times-Union

West Virginia’s
two offensive leaders are both slowed by injuries but are expected to play in
Monday’s Gator Bowl. Quarterback Pat White, who missed WVU’s
regular-season finale against Rutgers with a sprained
ankle, practiced Tuesday, as did running back Steve Slaton, who is battling a
thigh bruise suffered in a bowl practice n Morgantown,
W.Va.
, before Christmas. The obvious
matchup in the Gator Bowl will be West Virginia’s
spread offense against Georgia Tech’s blitzing, stunting defense. Tech coach
Chan Gailey said the Mountaineers’ ball-handling and
misdirection might keep the Yellow Jackets’ defense back on its heels a bit and
curtail the all-out pressure the unit favored most of the season. But Gailey said he believes the Jackets still have enough team
speed to make big plays, once they figure out who has the ball and where they’re
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Nebraska-Auburn

Associated Press

The No. 22 Cornhuskers (9-4) are in a January game for the
first time in five seasons. The New Year’s Day game will be only their fourth
Cotton Bowl – and first since 1980.

Huskers.com

Nebraska
players and coaches have been talking all week about the significance of
notching their 10th victory of the season. They say that recognizing
the challenge presented by a tough Auburn team, one that
Bill Callahan had pegged early on as a national championship contender. The
Tigers have beaten two top-10 teams this season (LSU
and Florida) while the Huskers
went 0-3 against top-10 teams (USC, Texas
and Oklahoma).

Arkansas-Wisconsin

Fox Sports

How does a team win 11 games, climb into the top 10 – and
still remain under the radar?

Ask Wisconsin,
which is having one of its best seasons but has been overshadowed by Big Ten
rivals Ohio State
and Michigan.The No. 6 Badgers (11-1) face No. 12
Arkansas in Monday’s Capital One Bowl. Wisconsin
has won eight straight since losing at Michigan
in September, and a victory will give the school its first 12-win season.

The Razorbacks (10-3) bounced back from two straight
losing seasons, winning 10 in a row at one point before losses to LSU and then Florida
in the Southeastern Conference title game. Arkansas
is led by Heisman Trophy runner-up Darren McFadden, who has rushed for 1,558
yards this season. Redshirt freshman P.J. Hill has
run for 1,533 for Wisconsin.The Badgers have faced
only one ranked team this season – Michigan.
Ohio State
was not on their conference schedule. Arkansas
is trying to avoid finishing with three straight losses. “You want to leave out
on a good note,” said Razorbacks receiver Marcus Monk, who has 949 yards
receiving this season. Wisconsin quarterback John Stocco missed his last two starts of the regular season
with a shoulder injury, but he’s back now. Arkansas
has its own injury concern – McFadden hurt his ankle in the SEC title game,
although he stayed in the game and has had plenty of time to heal.

The Badgers have allowed only 243.5 yards per game on
defense. MasterLockLine.com
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sports.

Tuesday, January 2,
2007

 

Wake Forest-Louisville

Associated Press

Picked to finish last in the Atlantic Coast Conference, Wake
Forest
pulled off a championship
season that stunned many onlookers.The
Demon Deacons’ reward
for their record-setting year? A
season-ending matchup with one of the nation’s highest-powered offenses.

This is the ninth straight bowl trip for Louisville
– while Wake Forest
has been to only six other postseason games, most recently beating Oregon
38-17 in the 2002 Seattle Bowl. The Cardinals are 5-7-1 all-time in bowl games; the Demon Deacons 4-2,
including three straight wins. It appears to be a matchup of a strong offense
against a strong defense. The Cardinals are averaging nearly 39 points and 477
yards per game – stats that both rank among the top three out of 119 Division
I-A teams. Louisville’s only loss of
the season was to Rutgers, a game where the Cardinals
blew an 18-point lead and, with it, perhaps a chance to play No. 1 Ohio State
for the national championship. Meanwhile, Wake
Forest
held nine opponents to 17
points or less, winning each of those games, and kept Georgia Tech to a
season-low six points in winning the ACC championship. Already, this is the winningest season in Wake
Forest
history, which looks even
more impressive when considering that the Demon Deacons lost starting
quarterback Ben Mauk and running back Micah Andrews
to injuries early in the year.

The teams have one common opponent this season. Both beat Syracuse,
with Louisville winning 28-13 at
the Carrier Dome and Wake Forest
opening its year with a 20-10 home win over the Orange.

Wednesday, January 3,
2007

 

Notre Dame-LSU

Associated Press

The 11th-ranked Irish have had some long days
and nights against elite competition over the past year, starting with a 34-20
loss to Ohio State
in January’s Fiesta Bowl. The speedy Buckeyes burned the Irish for four
touchdowns of 56 yards or more. The speed of Michigan’s
defense caused problems for Notre Dame’s offensive line and quarterback Brady
Quinn, who threw a season-high three interceptions and fumbled once. Wolverine
receiver Mario Manningham caught three touchdown
passes, including a 69-yarder that broke the game open. USC’s
Dwayne Jarrett also had three touchdown catches against the Irish. Now the Irish will try to snap an eight-game losing streak in bowl
games on Jan. 3 against No. 4 LSU (10-2), which is
known for its speed, especially on defense.
Despite playing a tough
Southeastern Conference schedule, LSU has the nation’s
second-best defense, giving up just 238 yards a game. The Tigers also are third
in the nation in pass defense, giving up 145.5 yards a game. The Tigers are
almost as potent offensively, ranking 18th
in the nation at 404 yards a game. JaMarcus Russell
was third in pass efficiency, completing 68.5 percent and averaging 168 yards a
game. Weis is among those harping on it. He conceded before the USC game that
after weeks of playing teams like Navy, Air Force and Army, he was worried the
Irish might be slow to adjust to USC’s speed. To
guard against that in getting ready for the Sugar Bowl, he plans to have the
starting offense go against the starting defense, at least during early bowl preparations.No. 4 LSU, which had
yearned for a chance to head west for its first Rose Bowl, will instead stay in
its own state, making the short trip to New Orleans.
The Tigers (10-2) shot into Bowl Championship Series consideration by closing
the regular season with a six-game winning streak, capped by a 31-26 triumph at
Arkansas. The Razorbacks had
already clinched a spot in the Southeastern Conference title game, but LSU felt it might have been the best team in what views
itself as the country’s toughest league by the end of the year. Notre Dame
(10-2) will be playing in its first Sugar Bowl since 1992, when a Lou
Holtz-coached team knocked off Florida
39-29.LSU lobbied hard for a trip to the Rose Bowl, soliciting orders for more
than 42,000 tickets. It appeared the oldest and most glamorous of the
postseason games would pick the Tigers to face Michigan
– until Southern Cal’s loss to UCLA messed up those plans. Coach Les Miles
insisted it wasn’t a letdown to learn that the Tigers’ next game would be right
down the road instead of on the West Coast, saying it provides another chance
to help New Orleans recover from the devastating storm.

Saturday, January 6,
2006

Cincinnati-Middle Tennessee State

Detroit News

Brian Kelly will be coaching his new team, Cincinnati,
in the International Bowl on Jan. 6 against Western Michigan
in Toronto. There was some question
about who would coach the Bearcats in the game after Mark Dantonio
left Cincinnati to become the coach
Michigan State.
Pat Narduzzi, Cincinnati’s
defensive coordinator, was named interim coach before Kelly was hired Sunday. Cincinnati
athletic director Mike Thomas confirmed Tuesday that Kelly will have a coaching
staff in place to work the bowl. The number of CMU assistants who will join him
remains to be seen.

Computer Trends (All records ATS)

·       
Nevada
is 9-1 their last 10

·       
Notre Dame 4-11 run

·       
Cincinnati
8-1 last nine

·       
Ohio State
16-3 last 19

 

 


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Nevada-Miami

Seattle Times

Miami coach Larry Coker, whose team plays
Nevada in the MPC Computers Bowl in chilly Boise on
Sunday, said more than half his Hurricanes have never seen snow. Coker said he
warned his players that if they plan to make weather an issue, “Don’t bother
going.”

NFL

Panthers-Saints

Charlotte Observer

Carolina Panthers quarterback Jake Delhomme practiced again Friday and had no problems with his
injured thumb. He remains listed as probable on the team’s injury report, and
is almost certain to start the regular-season finale Sunday in New
Orleans
.

He has missed Carolina’s
past three games with ligament damage in his right thumb, suffered Dec. 4
against Philadelphia.Backup Chris Weinke filled in his absence, and
the Panthers went 1-2 during that stretch, losing to the New York Giants and Pittsburgh,
and beating Atlanta.

Rams-Vikings

Star-Tribune

Rookie wide receiver Martin Nance will see extended
playing time for Minneosta. Nance is one of a few
youngsters on the Vikings roster who figure to see playing time in the
regular-season finale against St. Louis.
The Vikings’ hopes of grabbing an NFC playoff spot are long gone and in attempting
to spin the Christmas Eve release of veteran Marcus Robinson, coach Brad Childress said the move was made in part to get a
look at a guy such as Nance. The list of rookies in line to play could include
another receiver, Jason Carter, as well as cornerback Charles Gordon and
perhaps safety Greg Blue. They would join Tarvaris Jackson (quarterback), Ryan
Cook (right tackle) and Ray Edwards and Jayme
Mitchell (defensive ends), who already have seen extensive time.

Jaguars-Chiefs

Times Union

Jaguars safety Deon Grant
returned to practice Friday and expects to start Sunday at Kansas
City
. After suffering a hamstring injury during last
weekend’s loss to the New England Patriots, Grant was listed earlier in the
week as doubtful on the Jaguars’ injury report. That’s good news for the
Jaguars, who are expected to crowd the line of scrimmage to stop Larry Johnson
and the Chiefs’ vaunted rushing attack. With extra defenders committed to
stopping the run, the Jaguars likely will use some man-to-man coverage. In
certain scenarios, Grant could be lined up one-on-one against Kansas
City
tight end Tony Gonzalez, a seven-time Pro Bowl
selection. Jaguars running back Fred Taylor said his
strained hamstring should be ready for Sunday’s game. He practiced again
Friday, but hasn’t yet run full speed to test the hamstring.

Seahawks-Buccaneers

Seattle Post Intelligencer

Robbie Tobeck will be in
uniform, but Chris Gray won’t. Gray, the right guard, has epitomized the term “warrior”
in starting a club-record 121 consecutive regular-season games. But his bruised
right thigh will not allow him to play against the Bucs. Friday, he was
downgraded from probable to questionable. Tobeck, meanwhile,
has not played or practiced since Week 9. The veteran center missed two games
because of the flu and the past five games after an infection developed in an
abscess in his hip. Tobeck did not practice Friday,
but was upgraded from out to probable after a scan of the infected area showed
it had healed. He won’t play against the Bucs unless forced into action because
of injuries. Chris Spencer will continue to start at center, with Floyd “Pork
Chop” Womack replacing Gray at right guard and rookie Rob Sims at left guard.
Just in case, backup tackle Tom Ashworth got some snaps at right guard in practice
this week, and also made some snaps as the center on the scout team Friday.
Also out for Sunday’s game are leading receiver Darrell Jackson (hyperextended toe) and cornerback Marcus Trufant (sprained ankle). The Bucs downgraded two players
to out Friday: cornerback Alan Zemaitis (bruised
shoulder) and defensive lineman Julian Jenkins (sprained ankle).

Miami-Indianapolis

Indy Star

A victory Sunday against the Miami Dolphins would give the
Indianapolis Colts the second undefeated, untied home record in the franchise’s
54 NFL seasons, and the story behind the numbers is defense. The Colts (11-4)
have allowed an average of 145.7 rushing yards and 18.0 points in seven home
games. The road numbers are 199.8 rushing yards and 26.5 points. The
differences: 54.1 yards and 8.5 points.Through
midseason, the Colts’ 28-8 road record was the NFL’s best since 2002, Dungy’s
first in Indianapolis. But over the
past six games, the Colts have lost four consecutive road ventures while
pounding Philadelphia 45-21 and Cincinnati
34-16 in their two home appearances.

Dungy attributes the home-road disparity to the loud Dome
crowd and its effect on visiting offenses and the fast FieldTurf
surface that accentuates the Colts’ speed, but mostly to the Colts’ ability to
get a lead. That forces visitors to throw and that’s the game the Colts defense
plays best. When you rank 32nd in rushing defense by an enormous
margin, 54.1 yards and 8.5 points will win you some games. Linebacker Rob
Morris and kicker Adam Vinatieri missed practice
Friday but both are expected to play Sunday.

Falcons-Eagles

Philadelphia Inquirer

Short turnarounds are all part of life in the NFL, but one
coming in the 17th and final week has made things a little more
difficult for the Eagles.They returned early Tuesday
morning from Monday’s 23-7 win over Dallas.
Coach Andy Reid has realized his players may be dragging physically, so he cut
short practices this week, hoping to save their legs for tomorrow. After the
team’s admittedly wobbly start this week in practice, Reid said he is pleased
with how the team looked. Earlier in the year the Eagles illustrated that when
the team improved to 4-1 with a 38-24 win over Dallas
only to go into a tailspin. The Eagles lost five of their next six before
pulling out of it with their current four-game win streak.Few
matchups are as emotional as those with the Cowboys,
but the Eagles aren’t buying any theories that they will suffer a letdown
against Atlanta.

 


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Kentucky-Clemson

Lexington Herald-Leader

It’s the first post-season appearance under Coach Rich
Brooks, and UK’s
first bowl trip since the Hal Mumme-coached Cats lost
to Syracuse 20-13 in the 1999 Music
City Bowl. But it’s not just making a bowl that makes the Cats a winner. In
this case it’s the bowl, its opponent, its location and the way it could
alter the Cats’ football history. Clemson is from the ACC, a BCS league. And the Tigers competed mightily for an ACC
division crown, derailed by a one-point loss to Maryland.
They ended up 8-4, thanks to a three-point loss to arch-rival South
Carolina
in the season finale. The
Tigers (8-4) rank 15th in the nation in scoring defense.

Senior defensive end Gaines Adams (15.5 tackles for loss, 10.5 sacks) was named
ACC Defensive Player of the Year and is a finalist for the Ted Hendricks Award
given to the nation’s top end. Clemson also features one of the nation’s best
running attacks led by sophomore James Davis (1,134 yards, 17 TD’s) and freshman sensation C.J.
Spiller (914 yards, 10 TD’s, 7.1 yards per carry).
The Tigers are fifth in the NCAA in rushing yards per game (225.2) and ninth in
scoring average (33.8).

Tennessean

A bit of shuffling will take place in the Clemson
secondary as the Tigers try to replace starting cornerback Duane Coleman, who
last week was suspended for the Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl presented by
Bridgestone. Coleman, a senior who had started 15 consecutive games, was
charged with simple possession of marijuana last Wednesday during a traffic
stop for failing to use a turn signal. Clemson defensive coordinator Vic Koenning said Tuesday that Chris Chancellor, a redshirt
freshman who started three games at the cornerback position opposite of
Coleman, would start at the “field cornerback position.” At the other
cornerback Koenning said several players would be
used, including junior C.J. Gaddis, who played in
every game in the regular season but hasn’t been in the starting lineup since
the 2005 season.

Minnesota-Texas Tech

Press Notes

Matt Spaeth, a two-time first
team All-Big Ten selection who has become a promising pro prospect, recently
had surgery to repair a severely separated shoulder and will not recover in
time to play for Minnesota in the
Insight Bowl against Texas Tech. After getting hurt in the Oct. 21 game against
North Dakota State, Spaeth could have chosen surgery
immediately to hasten the rehabilitation and avoid the risk of further injury
with the potential of a big payday looming. But that wasn’t the way he wanted
to finish. Spaeth, one of three finalists for the
John Mackey Award that’s given to the nation’s top tight end, came back in two
weeks and contributed in the last three games. All Gophers wins. All needed to
qualify for postseason play. Spaeth will certainly be
missed, but it’s on defense where Minnesota
(6-6) could use the most help against air-it-out Texas Tech. The Red Raiders
(7-5) are led by quarterback Graham Harrell, who completed 66.9 percent of his
passes for 4,110 yards, 36 touchdowns and only 10 interceptions.

Missouri-Oregon State

Seattle Times

More than 20 Missouri
players bothered by colds or flu were held out of practice, three days before
the Tigers’ Sun Bowl game against Oregon
State
. No starters appeared to be
affected. “It was unhealthy,” coach Gary Pinkel said. “We had coaches out, we had players out. I’ve
never been through anything like this before.”

Cy McCormick MasterLockLine.com

The only game Friday in which weather could play a factor
is the Sun Bowl. Winds of 13 mph are expected and there is a slight chance of
rain.

CBB

Illinois-Xavier

Herald-Review

The Illini basketball team
reassembled on Tuesday and talking with coach Bruce
Weber Wednesday, the news on the injury front is mostly good. Let’s go
player-by-player:

Warren Carter. You may recall he injured his hip against Missouri
and did not play the last two minutes of that game and sat out the Idaho
State
game. Carter was listed as
“iffy” for the upcoming Xavier game on Friday and Weber said before Christmas
break that Carter would need to do a good job following a therapy program the
trainers prescribed for him during the break.Carter
was able to play for most of the practice session on Tuesday and even though he
reported some pain on Wednesday, Weber said he expected Carter to play 25
minutes or so vs. Xavier. That’s very good news. Carter is Illinois
leading scorer and over his last seven games he is averaging 16.7 points and
7.4 rebounds while shooting 55.6 percent. Included in that stretch are three
20-plus point performances. Brian Randle was able to practice full-go on
Tuesday. And even though he continues to experience some stiffness and
soreness, there is no indication it should limit his play vs. Xavier. Jamar Smith conintues to gain
strength and Weber sounds very encouraged about his progress from the high
ankle sprain. I think Weber is expecting him to recapture some of the
explosiveness he lost due to the injury. Smith is shooting 46.3 percent from
3-point range and is the highest-scoring non-starter in the Big Ten.

Point guard Chester Frazier is practicing although he
still has pain and raw, tender feet. Blisters and callouses
on the bottom of his feet are the latest problem and new orthodics
are being used to help relieve the pressure. He also needs to re-grow some skin
but has shown the toughness to play through what must be considerable pain.
Frazier, by the way, is averaging 6.1 assists per game, which is second in the
Big Ten and 11th nationally. He also leads the team and is third in
the Big Ten in steals. The only other injury of note is freshman Richard Semrau and he’s done for the season.

Wake Forest-South Florida

Tampa Bay Online

Since USF’s 7-1 start against
mostly weak competition, the Bulls (7-5) have lost four consecutive games.
During the losing streak, USF has allowed 75.5 points
per game, compared to 57.4 points per game before that. USF
has won only 18 of its past 42 home games.

 


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SMU +8 Oklahoma

Disciplinarian Matt Doherty is having the big short term
positive influence that many of his ilk have. Under Doherty, who is in his
first year at SMU, the Mustangs have won seven
straight for the first time since 1999-2000. SMU has
the chance to win three road games in succession for the first time in the
program’s history.

SMU’s best wins are over Dayton,
which is getting a couple votes in the AP poll, and
buzzer beaters at TCU and against Illinois
State
.

The loss came, 59-52, at Florida
State
in SMU’s
third game.

The Mustangs have done it with players who were role
players last season. Leading scorer Ike Ofoegbu, a
senior forward, is averaging 13.4 points after averaging 3.8 points last
season.

SMU is balanced, with six players
averaging between nine and 14 points. The Mustangs are holding opponents to
36.1 percent from the field, which ranks among the best in Division I.

The Massey Comparison Ratings, combining the strengths and
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Friday, December 29,
2006

Kentucky-Clemson

Lexington Herald-Leader

It’s the first post-season appearance under Coach Rich
Brooks, and UK’s
first bowl trip since the Hal Mumme-coached Cats lost
to Syracuse 20-13 in the 1999 Music
City Bowl. But it’s not just making a bowl that makes the Cats a winner. In
this case it’s the bowl, its opponent, its location and the way it could
alter the Cats’ football history. Clemson is from the ACC, a BCS league. And the Tigers competed mightily for an ACC
division crown, derailed by a one-point loss to Maryland.
They ended up 8-4, thanks to a three-point loss to arch-rival South
Carolina
in the season finale. The
Tigers (8-4) rank 15th in the nation in scoring defense.

Senior defensive end Gaines Adams (15.5 tackles for loss, 10.5 sacks) was named
ACC Defensive Player of the Year and is a finalist for the Ted Hendricks Award
given to the nation’s top end. Clemson also features one of the nation’s best
running attacks led by sophomore James Davis (1,134 yards, 17 TD’s) and freshman sensation C.J.
Spiller (914 yards, 10 TD’s, 7.1 yards per carry).
The Tigers are fifth in the NCAA in rushing yards per game (225.2) and ninth in
scoring average (33.8).

Tennessean

A bit of shuffling will take place in the Clemson
secondary as the Tigers try to replace starting cornerback Duane Coleman, who
last week was suspended for the Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl presented by
Bridgestone. Coleman, a senior who had started 15 consecutive games, was
charged with simple possession of marijuana last Wednesday during a traffic
stop for failing to use a turn signal. Clemson defensive coordinator Vic Koenning said Tuesday that Chris Chancellor, a redshirt
freshman who started three games at the cornerback position opposite of
Coleman, would start at the “field cornerback position.” At the other
cornerback Koenning said several players would be
used, including junior C.J. Gaddis, who played in
every game in the regular season but hasn’t been in the starting lineup since
the 2005 season.

Minnesota-Texas Tech

Press Notes

Matt Spaeth, a two-time first
team All-Big Ten selection who has become a promising pro prospect, recently
had surgery to repair a severely separated shoulder and will not recover in
time to play for Minnesota in the
Insight Bowl against Texas Tech. After getting hurt in the Oct. 21 game against
North Dakota State, Spaeth could have chosen surgery
immediately to hasten the rehabilitation and avoid the risk of further injury
with the potential of a big payday looming. But that wasn’t the way he wanted
to finish. Spaeth, one of three finalists for the
John Mackey Award that’s given to the nation’s top tight end, came back in two
weeks and contributed in the last three games. All Gophers wins. All needed to
qualify for postseason play. Spaeth will certainly be
missed, but it’s on defense where Minnesota
(6-6) could use the most help against air-it-out Texas Tech. The Red Raiders
(7-5) are led by quarterback Graham Harrell, who completed 66.9 percent of his
passes for 4,110 yards, 36 touchdowns and only 10 interceptions.

Missouri-Oregon State

Seattle Times

More than 20 Missouri
players bothered by colds or flu were held out of practice, three days before
the Tigers’ Sun Bowl game against Oregon
State
. No starters appeared to be
affected. “It was unhealthy,” coach Gary Pinkel said. “We had coaches out, we had players out. I’ve
never been through anything like this before.”

Saturday, December
30, 2006

 

Virginia Tech-Georgia

Journal Constitution

Georgia
offensive lineman Ian Smith won’t play in the Chick-fil-A
Bowl against Virginia Tech on Dec. 30, Bulldogs coach Mark Richt
said Sunday night. Without Smith in the bowl game, Georgia
will be back to seven scholarship offensive linemen against the Hokies.Every other Georgia
player who did not suffer a season-ending injury is expected to play against
the Hokies.

Planet Blacksburgh

Georgia, ranked as high as No. 9 this season, spent seven weeks
ranked in the top-25 and brings the SEC’s second-ranked defense into the game
to face the number one defense in the NCAA.

Iowa-Texas

Dallas Morning News

Iowa (6-6),
which lost five of its last six games, opened as an 11 ½ -point underdog – one
of the biggest underdogs of the bowl season. “We’ve seen Michigan,
Ohio State
and Wisconsin firsthand, and
outside of Ohio State
we can play with those teams, and the same goes for Texas,”
Iowa junior running back Albert
Young said. “When we bring our A game, we can compete with anybody.” The Alamodome is adding up to 800 seats in anticipation of the
largest crowd for a sporting event in the stadium’s history. More than 66,000
fans are expected. Texas coach
Mack Brown said the Longhorns (9-3) owe a good performance to their fans. Iowa
is not giving up big plays, having allowed only one run of 30 yards or longer
(34 yards) all season.

Express News

Texas QB Colt McCoy left UT’s loss at Kansas
State
with a stinger injury on Nov.
11, then aggravated it against Texas A&M. Doctors
cleared him Thursday to play in the Alamo Bowl. The Hawkeyes are 1-10 against
the spread this season, making them one of the worst teams in Division I-A
football against the spread.

Boston College-Navy

Washington Post

Boston College
has won six straight bowl games dating from 1999, the longest streak in the
nation entering the bowl season. (Utah
tied the streak with a 25-13 victory over Tulsa
in the Armed Forces Bowl on Saturday.)Yet Navy Coach Paul Johnson has a
similarly strong record in bowl games: Dating from his days as Hawaii’s
offensive coordinator, Johnson has been part of teams that have won four of
their past five bowl games.

Sunday, December 31,
2006

 

Nevada-Miami

Seattle Times

Miami coach Larry Coker, whose team plays
Nevada in the MPC Computers Bowl in chilly Boise on
Sunday, said more than half his Hurricanes have never seen snow. Coker said he
warned his players that if they plan to make weather an issue, “Don’t bother
going.”

Monday, January 1,
2007

 

Michigan-USC

Associated Press

There was no celebrating a traditional matchup in the Rose
Bowl – at least by the participants. Southern California of the Pac-10 and
Michigan of the Big Ten will meet New Year’s Day in the granddaddy of ‘em all, with each playing in the game for the third time in
four years. Both had hoped to be in Glendale, Ariz.,
a week later, playing for the national title. That honor goes to Ohio
State
and Florida
– ranked 1-2 in the final Bowl Championship Series standings released Sunday.
USC and Michigan had their
chances. The Trojans (10-2) entered the weekend with the inside track toward
facing the unbeaten Buckeyes, but a 13-9 loss to crosstown
rival UCLA on Saturday knocked them out.

No. 3 Michigan (11-1) was overtaken by Florida
(12-1) on the strength of the Gators’ 38-28 triumph over Arkansas
in the Southeastern Conference championship game later Saturday. The Wolverines
didn’t get their hoped-for rematch with the Buckeyes, who beat them 42-39 on Nov. 18 in the final regular-season game for
both teams. USC has played in 30 previous Rose Bowl games, going 21-9, while Michigan
has played in 23, going 11-12.

Boise-Oklahoma

Kitspan Sun

The Jan. 1 contest between his ninth-ranked Broncos (12-0)
and No. 7 Oklahoma (11-2) arguably is the biggest game in Boise
State
history and certainly the
biggest in Petersen’s six seasons at the school — five as offensive coordinator
and one as head coach.

Georgia Tech-West Virginia

Florida Times-Union

West Virginia’s
two offensive leaders are both slowed by injuries but are expected to play in
Monday’s Gator Bowl. Quarterback Pat White, who missed WVU’s
regular-season finale against Rutgers with a sprained
ankle, practiced Tuesday, as did running back Steve Slaton, who is battling a
thigh bruise suffered in a bowl practice n Morgantown,
W.Va.
, before Christmas. The obvious
matchup in the Gator Bowl will be West Virginia’s
spread offense against Georgia Tech’s blitzing, stunting defense. Tech coach
Chan Gailey said the Mountaineers’ ball-handling and
misdirection might keep the Yellow Jackets’ defense back on its heels a bit and
curtail the all-out pressure the unit favored most of the season. But Gailey said he believes the Jackets still have enough team
speed to make big plays, once they figure out who has the ball and where they’re
going.

Tuesday, January 2,
2007

 

Wake Forest-Louisville

Associated Press

Picked to finish last in the Atlantic Coast Conference, Wake
Forest
pulled off a championship
season that stunned many onlookers.The
Demon Deacons’ reward
for their record-setting year? A
season-ending matchup with one of the nation’s highest-powered offenses.

This is the ninth straight bowl trip for Louisville
– while Wake Forest
has been to only six other postseason games, most recently beating Oregon
38-17 in the 2002 Seattle Bowl. The Cardinals are 5-7-1 all-time in bowl games; the Demon Deacons 4-2,
including three straight wins. It appears to be a matchup of a strong offense
against a strong defense. The Cardinals are averaging nearly 39 points and 477
yards per game – stats that both rank among the top three out of 119 Division
I-A teams. Louisville’s only loss
of the season was to Rutgers, a game where the Cardinals
blew an 18-point lead and, with it, perhaps a chance to play No. 1 Ohio State
for the national championship. Meanwhile, Wake
Forest
held nine opponents to 17
points or less, winning each of those games, and kept Georgia Tech to a
season-low six points in winning the ACC championship. Already, this is the winningest season in Wake
Forest
history, which looks even
more impressive when considering that the Demon Deacons lost starting
quarterback Ben Mauk and running back Micah Andrews
to injuries early in the year.

The teams have one common opponent this season. Both beat Syracuse,
with Louisville winning 28-13 at
the Carrier Dome and Wake Forest
opening its year with a 20-10 home win over the Orange.

Wednesday, January 3,
2007

 

Notre Dame-LSU

Associated Press

The 11th-ranked Irish have had some long days
and nights against elite competition over the past year, starting with a 34-20
loss to Ohio State
in January’s Fiesta Bowl. The speedy Buckeyes burned the Irish for four
touchdowns of 56 yards or more. The speed of Michigan’s
defense caused problems for Notre Dame’s offensive line and quarterback Brady
Quinn, who threw a season-high three interceptions and fumbled once. Wolverine
receiver Mario Manningham caught three touchdown
passes, including a 69-yarder that broke the game open. USC’s
Dwayne Jarrett also had three touchdown catches against the Irish. Now the Irish will try to snap an eight-game losing streak in bowl
games on Jan. 3 against No. 4 LSU (10-2), which is
known for its speed, especially on defense.
Despite playing a tough
Southeastern Conference schedule, LSU has the nation’s
second-best defense, giving up just 238 yards a game. The Tigers also are third
in the nation in pass defense, giving up 145.5 yards a game. The Tigers are
almost as potent offensively, ranking 18th
in the nation at 404 yards a game. JaMarcus Russell
was third in pass efficiency, completing 68.5 percent and averaging 168 yards a
game. Weis is among those harping on it. He conceded before the USC game that
after weeks of playing teams like Navy, Air Force and Army, he was worried the
Irish might be slow to adjust to USC’s speed. To
guard against that in getting ready for the Sugar Bowl, he plans to have the
starting offense go against the starting defense, at least during early bowl
preparations.

No. 4 LSU, which had yearned for
a chance to head west for its first Rose Bowl, will instead stay in its own
state, making the short trip to New Orleans.
The Tigers (10-2) shot into Bowl Championship Series consideration by closing
the regular season with a six-game winning streak, capped by a 31-26 triumph at
Arkansas. The Razorbacks had
already clinched a spot in the Southeastern Conference title game, but LSU felt it might have been the best team in what views
itself as the country’s toughest league by the end of the year. Notre Dame
(10-2) will be playing in its first Sugar Bowl since 1992, when a Lou
Holtz-coached team knocked off Florida
39-29.LSU lobbied hard for a trip to the Rose Bowl, soliciting orders for more
than 42,000 tickets. It appeared the oldest and most glamorous of the
postseason games would pick the Tigers to face Michigan
– until Southern Cal’s loss to UCLA messed up those plans. Coach Les Miles
insisted it wasn’t a letdown to learn that the Tigers’ next game would be right
down the road instead of on the West Coast, saying it provides another chance
to help New Orleans recover from the devastating storm.

Saturday, January 6,
2006

 

Cincinnati-Middle Tennessee State

Detroit News

Brian Kelly will be coaching his new team, Cincinnati,
in the International Bowl on Jan. 6 against Western Michigan
in Toronto. There was some question
about who would coach the Bearcats in the game after Mark Dantonio
left Cincinnati to become the coach
Michigan State.
Pat Narduzzi, Cincinnati’s
defensive coordinator, was named interim coach before Kelly was hired Sunday. Cincinnati
athletic director Mike Thomas confirmed Tuesday that Kelly will have a coaching
staff in place to work the bowl. The number of CMU assistants who will join him
remains to be seen.

Computer Trends (All records ATS)

·       
Texas A & M is 6-0-1 last seven

·       
South Carolina
7-2 their last nine

·       
Nevada
is 9-1 their last 10

·       
Notre Dame 4-11 run

·       
Cincinnati
8-1 last nine

·       
Ohio State
16-3 last 19

 

 


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