tBBC Bowl previews – Texas Bowl/Insight Bowl

Written December 29th, 2009 by Jeff

Our readers will have to forgive us for this….but we’re going to be posting a series of previews today and we’ll probably have 7 or 8 posts today alone.

Tomorrow, we go live to our new home at SB Nation, and we want to reserve the entire day for the switchover.

  • We have to do a full export from our current WordPress home to the new servers
  • We have to re-adjust to the new dashboard we’ll be using
  • We need a live chicken to take the curse off Jose’s glove
  • We need to prepare the new site for the Rose Bowl liveblog

We’re dealing with a lot of shit here.

So this is our preview of two bowls…..

Missouri (9-4, 4-4 Big 12) vs. Navy (9-4, Independent)

December 31, 2009 3:30 PM ET

Reliant Stadium, Houston, Texas

Buckeye fans will have their eye on this game, because we’ve been taking a lot of grief over our close game with Navy, a 31-27 win in the season opener.  Of course, when Navy knocked off Notre Dame, some of the chirping calmed down, but it’s still there.  A solid game out of the Middies will be a feather in the cap of Navy and it’ll look good for us too.

Missouri is two seasons removed from a near-miss at the National Championship game.  Chase Daniel’s parents were on the TV more than Tom Brokaw, and Tigers fans were devastated by a late-season loss that sent them to a non-BCS when they were one quarter away from playing for the title.

In other words, this game is about respect for both squads.

What to look for?  Navy’s 4th-ranked rush offense vs. Mizzou’s 12th-ranked rush defense.  That’s the key.

Who Are We Picking?

Jeff at the BBC: Navy

Mali: Navy

Jim: Navy

Eric: Navy

It’s unanimous.  But that’s probably because we’ve all seen Navy play.  They’re better than you think.


Iowa State (6-6, 3-5 Big 12) vs. Minnesota (6-6, 3-5 Big Ten)

December 31, 2009 6 PM ET

Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe, Arizona

A lot of times you think “how did that team make a bowl?  They’re 6-6 and didn’t really have much in the way of quality wins.”

You can say that twice today.

Minnesota shocked Michigan State for their big win.  Iowa State did the same to should-be Big 12 champion Nebraska.  But other than that, these were two mediocre seasons.

Who Are We Picking?

Jeff at the BBC: Minnesota

Mali: Minnesota

Jim : Iowa State

Eric: Minnesota

Clearly, we’re only interested in this game because of the Big Ten connection.  We’re all hoping the the conference does us proud.  Here’s hoping Minnesota can make us 2-0 after Wisky pulls off the big upset tonight (hey, their basketball team beat Duke, they have the upset spirit in Madison)


Sorry so short….see you on the flip side tomorrow at our new home!

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