Bowl History: The Franklin American Mortgage Company Music City Bowl began in 1998. The bowl was created to stimulate the economy in Nashville and also so that Nashville could show off it’s beauty to tourists. ESPN has shown the bowl annually ever since its inception and more 760,000 fans have attened the bowl in person. While the bowl has played host to many conferences, it is exclusively an ACC-SEC matchup though 2014. The game has featured many big players such as Jason Campbell, Marion Barber, and C.J. Spiller.
N.C. State Scouting Report: Offensively, the Wolfpack rely on QB Mike Glennon and WR Tobias Palmer. Glennon threw for 30 touchdowns and averaged 304 yards/game. Palmer may not have led the team in yards and TD’s (670 yards this season and 6 touchdowns), he has been Glennon’s favorite target in big games. CB David Amerson leads the team defensively after breaking the ACC interception record last season. He will probably face off against Vanderbilt’s WR Jordan Matthews.
The madness continues here at the Buckeye Battle Cry! This has to be one of our favorite times of the year (really, who doesn’t feel that way?) and we love to celebrate by talking about as many teams, games, and players as we can! Joe Dexter was kind enough to get the whole thing kicked off this morning with a preview of the West Region. Now it’s my turn to take a look at the home-favorite East Region. Tomorrow, WVaBuckeye and MaliBuckeye will take a look at the two remaining regions, so that you can have plenty of time to read and peruse your way to what is hopefully a winning bracket!
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Favorites: The East region is graced with a few powerful teams that could be poised to make a deep run. The Syracuse Orange obviously stand in the best position of everyone in the region. The Orange hold a 32-2 season record, including non-conference wins over fellow tournament teams Florida and NC State. Seven-footer Fab Melo, a Sophomore out of Brazil, anchors Syracuse in the paint and is assisted by senior forward Kris Joseph, who leads the team in scoring at just under 14 per game, and senior guard Scoop Jardine, who seems to have been at Syracuse for 50 years. The ‘Cuse lost in the semi-finals of the Big East tournament to fellow East Region member Cincinnati, but looks to bounce back in the Big Dance.