Miss State and Wake Forest meet for the first time in the Franklin American Mortgage Music City in Nashville, TN at 6:40pm ET. Both teams were fence riders as far as being selected for a bowl. The Demon Deacons began their season strong in the ACC conference until mid season when things went downhill after their win over Florida State. They will have to face a strong Bulldog defense with running back Vick Ballard and lineman Fletcher Cox being the two big threats for this afternoon’s game.
The Iowa State Cyclones and the Rutgers Scarlet Knights meet each other at the New Era Pinstripe Bowl in Bronx, NY at 3:20pm ET. Unlike Iowa State, Rutgers’ opponents rarely broke the Top 25 rankings. The Scarlet Knights only faced one ranked team losing then to #25 West Virginia. The Cyclones ended their season with a stunning upset over Oklahoma State. Whoa! What a nice way to end the season but will the rush of adrenaline linger long enough to carry over for another victory? Better keep your eyes peeled for Jawan Jamison and stand out receiver Mohamed Sanu.
The fact that BYU and Tulsa were once in the Western Athletic Conference, they are far from strangers and meet each other in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl in Dallas, Texas at 12:00pm ET. This is BYU’s first season as an Independent Football Program.
Both BYU and Tulsa are equipped with high powered running game offenses. Tulsa’s only four losses were to top 10 teams (Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Boise State and Houston). Statistically, Tulsa has the edge on offense. Hard to identify an underdog here but I’m thinking Tulsa may have this one. Player picks to watch for: BYU’s Riley Nelson and JJ Di Luigi, and Tulsa’s GJ Kinne, Trey Watts, and Willie Carter.