tBBC Bowl Preview – Hawaii Bowl – SMU vs. Nevada

Written December 23rd, 2009 by Jeff

So here I am sitting at my computer, setting up our new home (hopefully to be launched on January 1st) with SB Nation, and I thought “good thing I don’t have anything to write for my old blog, for I simply cannot find the time”.

Then I remembered that we have hundreds (if not thousands) of Nevada and SMU fans who are waiting for my preview of the Hawaii Bowl!

Nevada (8-4, 7-1 WAC) vs. Southern Methodist (7-6, 5-3 Conf-USA)

December 24, 2009 8:00 PM ET

Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii

Well then, let’s get down to the nitty-gritty.  Reasons you should watch this game?

  1. Nevada has the best rushing game in the NCAA at 362 yards per game
  2. Nevada has two 1,000-yard rushers so far in 2009
  3. SMU has the 88th-best defense against the run in the NCAA (just slightly better than Akron and Michigan)

Back in the 80′s I heard a lot about SMU.  They were in the news frequently, but it was because they had reeived the death penalty from the NCAA for repeated rules violations.  Come Christmas morning, they’re going to feel like they did in the 80s, and perhaps wish they hadn’t gained clemency from the governor.

However, Nevada is in the WAC, and after the way fellow conference member Fresno State shit the bed against an average Wyoming team in the New Mexico Bowl…well, you know where I’m heading with this.

Who Are We Picking?

Jeff at the BBC: Nevada

Mali: SMU

Jim: SMU

Eric: Nevada

See, even the staff here at tBBC is bitterly divided.  Ooh, tension!

Let’s watch the game tomorrow night and see what happens.  OK, I gotta get back to blog-building seeyabye.

1 Comment

  1. MaliBuckeyeNo Gravatar
    December 23rd, 2009 at 9:51 pm

    You forgot the big one- Former Warriors coach June Jones coming back to the Islands as coach of the SMU Mustangs. He took the money and ran after Hawaii said that they couldn’t pay him the salary he thought he deserved.

    Since I owe I know all that I know about Hawaii to that one Brady Bunch three part special episode, I wouldn’t be surprised if Jones is the target of some sort of voodoo curse. And, of course, Vincent Price would be prominently involved.

    This game is a stepping stone for one of these programs- just think of the huge success that Notre Dame had this season after breaking their bowl loosing streak in Hawaii last year. Perhaps June called Charlie for advice.

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