Friday, December 21, 2007

Bowl-O-Rama: The Alamo Bowl

This was going to be called the Newsletter Bowl. Unfortunately, Dennis Franchione wasn't able to make it, but he still has double top secret info that he would like to sell you.

For those of you that have noticed something odd in the bowl game artwork, no, you're not crazy. Sometimes the colors get a little wacky when you use a hightech program like Paint. Personally, I think it goes perfectly with this mixed up season.

Teams: Penn State & Texas A&M
Location: Alamodome, San Antonio, TX
Miles Traveled By Each Team: Penn State(1,653), Texas A&M(169)
Related Cereal: Mr. Wonderfull’s Suprize(When Franchione was the head coach, every game was full of suprises).

Breakdown: Penn State heads into this game with the #32 ranked rushing offense(187yds/gm, 25TD's), and the #70 ranked passing offense(211yds/gm, 18TD's). Overall, their offense is ranked #56 in the nation. On defense, the Nittany Lions’ defense is ranked #6 against the run(87yds/gm, 7TD's), and #46 against the pass(218yds/gm, 14TD's). Their total defense is ranked #9, and surrenders an average of 306yds/gm and has allowed 25 total touchdowns.

Their opponent, Texas A&M, comes into the game with the #13 ranked rush attack(215yds/gm, 29TD's), and the #98 ranked passing offense(187yds/gm, 14TD's). Their total offense is ranked #54. The Aggies’ defense is ranked #57 against the rush(151yds/gm, 18TD's), and #104 against the pass(264yds/gm, 21TD's). Their total defense is ranked #83, and allows an average of 416yds/gm and has given up 40 total touchdowns.

Signature Wins: Penn St.-Wisconsin. Texas A&M-Texas.

Common Opponents: None.

Prediction: Once again, Texas A&M entered a season with high hopes only to struggle through their schedule. They have the personnel in place, at least on offense, to be a decent team, but former coach Dennis Franchione did a great job at squandering it. On the other side, Penn State put together an “ok” season, mostly due to their strong defense. They should be able to slow down the Aggies’ rushing attack, and force them into throwing more than they’re comfortable with. The Nittany Lions should pull out the win here, 31-20.

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