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Week One Bowl Preview

By: Kevin Collins

Rakeem Cato

While we’re all waiting for the CFB to start, let’s not forget the other bowl games first, because, well, there are going to be some great games played before the world rings in the new year.

December 22nd – Miami Beach Bowl: Memphis vs. BYU

BYU is led by star receiver Mitch Matthews who has 840 receiving yards on the season. Matthews would have likely had better numbers had pre-season Heisman hopeful quarterback Taysom Hill not gone down with a leg injury midseason. If Senior Christian Stewart can right the ship, like he has been (22 TDs to 6 INTs on the year) then BYU might come out with a bowl win.

For Memphis, they will either ride or die with their quarterback’s play. Only a sophomore, the 6 foot 7 quarterback is a dual threat. Paxton Lynch has 18 touchdowns in the air, and ten on the ground. He reminds me a bit of Oklahoma’s Blake Bell, but with better passing skills. If Memphis gets down to the red zone look for some trickery with Lynch under center.

This is the first bowl game of the year, one normally brushed off, but it has the fifth rated defense (Memphis) going up against the 22nd best offense (BYU). This one will be a good one to watch.

December 23rd – Boca Raton Bowl: Marshall vs. Northern Illinois

The fifth best offense in football is led by Senior Quarterback Rakeem Cato. Cato threw for 37 touchdowns this year and over 3600 yards. Look for this offense to shine against an average defense, and exorcise those Western Kentucky demons that held them from making a “BCS” bowl.

Northern Illinois will not go down without a fight, Senior wide receiver Da’Ron Brown is averaging 16 yards a catch. If the Huskies can establish him as a threat early on in the game, look for the run game to open up as well. Senior rusher Cameron Stingily scored thirteen touchdowns this year.

December 26th – Quick Lane Bowl: Rutgers vs. North Carolina

Rutgers had a tough inaugural season in the Big 10, but they are led by standout Junior receiver Leonte Caroo, arguably one of the best receivers in the conference. Quarterback Gary Nova also has 20 touchdowns this year. They might not be the best offense, but they will be exciting to watch.

North Carolina has one of the worst defenses in college football, but their offense is led by Junior quarterback Marquise Williams. Williams has thrown 20 touchdowns and 2870 yards on the season. He can also run, and has 12 rushing touchdowns this year. Rutgers’ defense is not star struck, look for this one to have a high score.

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