Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Bowl-O-Rama: The Las Vegas Bowl

Welcome to Sin City!

Teams: BYU & UCLA
Location: Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas, NV
Miles Traveled By Each Team: BYU(378), UCLA(270)
Related Cereal: Flatliner Crunch(Supposedly a real cereal, and I have to imagine that when you combine gambling, legal prostitution, drinking/drugs and college football that your heart explodes and you flatline.)

Breakdown: BYU comes to Vegas with the #58 ranked rushing offense(153yds/gm, 24TD's), and the #13 ranked pass attack(304yds/gm, 24TD's). Overall, their offense is ranked #15 in the nation. On defense, BYU is #9 against the run(92yds/gm, 12TD's), and #41 against the pass(215yds/gm, 11TD's). BYU's total defense is ranked #10, and they allow an average of 307yds/gm and have given up a total of 26 touchdowns.

UCLA heads into the game with the #62 ranked rushing offense(150yds/gm, 12TD's), and the #99 ranked passing offense(185yds/gm, 12TD's). Overall, their offense is ranked #96. UCLA's defense is #25 against the run(115yds/gm, 10TD's), and #71 against the pass(234yds/gm, 21TD's). Their total defense is ranked #34, and allows an average of 349yds/gm and they've allowed a total of 33TD's.

Signature Wins: BYU-Air Force(That was the start of a nine game winning streak). UCLA-BYU(That's right, the Bruins have already defeated BYU once this season).

Common Opponents: Utah and Arizona. BYU beat Utah 17-10. UCLA lost 6-44. BYU defeated Arizona 20-7. UCLA lost 27-34.

Prediction: UCLA's season has been a mess. They entered with high hopes, but struggled to finish .500. They did have wins over Cal and Oregon, but that loss against Notre Dame was ugly. BYU comes in with a nine game winning streak, and their offense will prove to be too much for the Bruins. BYU wins easily, 38-17.

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