Meineke Car Care, Sun, Liberty, Kraft Fight Hunger and Chick-Fil-A Bowls

New Year's Eve bowl special [Saturday bowl open thread]

12/31/11 in NCAAF   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

Happy New Year, college football fans! To get you ready for tonight's celebrations, there are five college football games on the docket, beginning with the Meineke Car Car Bowl between Texas A&M and Northwestern and finishing with the Chick-Fil-A Bowl this evening between defending-national-champion Auburn and Virginia.

Here are some story lines to watch:
  • Will Texas A&M play in the second half? If it weren't for second halves Texas A&M might be playing in the title game. Instead the Aggies are 6-6.
  • Can the Pac-12 get its first bowl win? Currently the conference is 0-3 in bowls, but Utah and UCLA will give it a go today, though it won't be easy for either squad. Utah is the underdog in the Sun Bowl against Georgia Tech and UCLA frankly isn't very good.
  • Can Vanderbilt do more than just cover? The Commodores were one of the best teams against the spread this season, but still went just 6-6. As 2.5 point favorites, Vandy will have to cover just to win.
  • How will Auburn play in a downgraded bowl game? This isn't the national championship game and offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn is out the door to coach Arkansas State and running back Michael Dyer is reportedly following him there (though Auburn coach Gene Chizik denies this rumor). How will the team respond.
Here is game times and TV info for the games:
Meineke Care Care Bowl of Texas: Texas A&M vs. Northwestern, noon ET, ESPN.
Hyundai Sun Bowl: Utah vs. Georgia Tech, 2 p.m. ET, CBS.
Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl: UCLA vs. Illinois, 3:30 p.m. ET, ESPN.
AutoZone Liberty Bowl: Vanderbilt vs. Cincinnati, 3:30 p.m. ET, ABC.
Chick-Fil-A Bowl: No. 25 Auburn vs. Virginia, 7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN

Reminder, that you can find bowl previews for all the games, here. As a refresher, I picked Texas A&M, Utah, UCLA, Vanderbilt and Virginia to win today.
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12/31/11   |   Jeff_P   |   19917 respect

my winners

NORTHWESTERN
GEORGIA TECH
ILLINOIS
CINCY
AUBURN

PAY ME LATER.......$100.00.......ON EACH......lol ( of course, point spreads involved )

12/31/11   |   Scott   |   54575 respect

 I'm calling it now.  Illinois/UCLA will be the least watched bowl game this season

12/31/11   |   Pat   |   5234 respect

This A&M vs Northwestern game is painful. Sooooo many mistakes. Definitely looking forward to some of the later games a little more.