Friday, December 21, 2007

Bowl-O-Rama: The Independence Bowl

Shreveport, LA, it's like a seedier, sweatier version of Vegas!

Teams: Alabama & Colorado
Location: Independence Stadium, Shreveport, LA
Miles Traveled By Each Team: Alabama(399), Colorado(1,084)
Related Cereal: C3PO’s(’Bama head coach Dick Satan isn’t real. He’s a football coaching C3PO-like android.).

Breakdown: Alabama heads into this game with the #60 ranked rushing offense(150yds/gm, 19TD's), and the #60 ranked passing offense(221yds/gm, 16TD's). Overall, their offense is ranked #75 in the nation. On defense, the Crimson Tide’s defense is ranked #34 against the run(128yds/gm, 14TD's), and #39 against the pass(212yds/gm, 17TD's). Their total defense is ranked #28, and surrenders an average of 341yds/gm and has allowed 32 total touchdowns.

Their opponent, Colorado, comes into the game with the #63 ranked rush attack(150yds/gm, 19TD's), and the #56 ranked passing offense(227yds/gm, 19TD's). Their total offense is ranked #72. The Buffaloes’ defense is ranked #32 against the rush(127yds/gm, 18TD's), and #101 against the pass(261yds/gm, 24TD's). Their total defense is ranked #64, and allows an average of 389yds/gm and has given up 44 total touchdowns.

Signature Wins: Alabama-Arkansas. Colorado-Oklahoma.

Common Opponents: FSU. ‘Bama lost to the Seminoles, 14-21. The Buffaloes lost 6-16.

Prediction: For the most part, these two teams have compiled similar stats throughout the season. However, Colorado has a little weaker pass defense, and I think that that will make the difference. John Parker Wilson hasn’t played particularly well this year, but he should have some success against the Buffaloes and lead ‘Bama to victory, 24-21.

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