Thursday, December 20, 2007

Bowl-O-Rama: The Champs Sports Bowl

Win or lose, both these teams have to be looking forward to getting away from the frozen tundra up north.

Teams: Boston College & Michigan State
Location: Citrus Bowl, Orlando, FL
Miles Traveled By Each Team: Boston College(1,290), Michigan State(1,226)
Related Cereal: Flutie Flakes(Since it's a bowl game, Doug Flutie will be mentioned 10,000 times more than usual when B.C. has the ball).

Breakdown: Boston College heads into this game with the #105 ranked rushing offense(106yds/gm, 17TD's), and the #6 ranked passing offense(329yds/gm, 28TD's). Overall, their offense is ranked #27 in the nation. On defense, the Eagles’ defense is ranked #1 against the run(68yds/gm, 8TD's), and #103 against the pass(263yds/gm, 19TD's). Their total defense is ranked #25, and surrenders an average of 331yds/gm and has allowed 33 total touchdowns.

Their opponent, Michigan State, comes into the game with the #22 ranked rush attack(200yds/gm, 29TD's), and the #59 ranked passing offense(225yds/gm, 19TD's). Their total offense is ranked #33. The Spartans’ defense is ranked #42 against the rush(134yds/gm, 19TD's), and #43 against the pass(217yds/gm, 19TD's). Their total defense is ranked #40, and allows an average of 351yds/gm and has given up 39 total touchdowns.

Signature Wins: Boston College-Virginia Tech(The first meeting, obviously) Michigan State-Penn State.

Common Opponents: Bowling Green and Notre Dame. Boston College beat Bowling Green, 55-24. The Spartans beat them 28-17. The Eagles beat the Irish, 27-14. Michigan State beat them 31-14.

Prediction: Michigan State isn’t going to find much running room against the Eagles. Because of that they’re going to have to rely more on their passing game which isn’t a strength of this team. On the flipside, Matt Ryan should be able to complete passes against the MSU defense, and Andre Callender should be able to run the ball decently against the Spartans. Boston College gets the win against Michigan State, 21-17.

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