tBBC Preview: Poinsettia Bowl- San Diego State vs BYU

Written December 19th, 2012 by WVaBuckeye

Thursday, December 20th. 5:00p.m. on ESPN

The 9-3, 7-1 Mountain West Champs SDSU Aztecs take on the 7-5 BYU Cougars in the eighth installment of the ever changing second bowl of San Diego. There have been at least five different agreements with conferences over the years and in 2008 the PAC10(12) couldn’t meet the required seven teams to send a team to the southern most city in California.

7-5, with losses to 3 ranked opponents, INDEPENDENT

The Cougars of BYU have had an up and down season and just about gave the country what they wanted in upsetting Notre Lame. Head coach Bronco Mendenhall, who may have the coolest name for a head coach ever, has an issue at the QB position. His starter and heart of the team, Riley Nelson, has been injured and still isn’t sure he’ll be able to go on the 20th.

Playmakers:  On offense, Cody Hoffman has been the consistency that the Cougars have needed amid their QB issues. Having Riley Nelson and James Lark in the backfield during the season hasn’t deterred Hoffman from having a stellar year. One of the top playmakers in the nation, but under the radar, he has 90 receptions for 1,134 yards for an average of 94 yards a game and 11 touchdowns. A long TD of 64 yards this season he is the playmaker they need to step up despite uncertainty at the QB position. I am honestly surprised he hasnt had more than just 3 KO returns all season.

Defensively, there is one person that really stands out and single handedly kept the Cougars in the ND game. LB Kyle Van Noy almost had Notre Dame LB Manti Te’o as a teammate as they are both Mormon and Te’o considered BYU. Van Noy is a junior but a hot NFL prospect so he may be suiting up for the last time. A stud pass rusher, he will have to step up his rushing D as the Aztec’s set a new team rushing record for a season. Read More

2011 Poinsettia Bowl: TCU -vs- Louisiana Tech

Written December 20th, 2011 by MaliBuckeye

You know what helps most people get past hump day? A great college football bowl game! Well, a better than average one, to be honest.

Well, you've got to give them credit

The Basics: 8:00 PM ET on ESPN, from San Diego. TCU (10-2, 7-0 MWC) and Marshall (8-4, 6-1 WAC).

The History: If you ever doubted that bowls were about money and not, you know, “football”, here’s a game sponsored by a Credit Union. Seriously, it’s like they’re not even trying…

Texas Christian Horned Frogs- In their last season in the MWC, the Frogs have continued the winning that led them to last season’s Rose Bowl as the BCS Buster Du Jour. After an opening loss to RG3, TCU only stumbled in overtime against SMU… they even managed to kick Southern Idaho State out of the BCS to clinch the conference title. The ninth highest scoring team in the nation, Josh Boyce has amassed almost a thousand yards receiving on the season. TCU has been able to parlay their recent success into membership in a BCS conference; moving to the Big East Big Integer in 2012.

Louisiana Tech Bulldogs – Home of Terry Bradshaw and Josh Scobee, the Bulldogs are on a seven game winning streak; and only fell to Houston by one point. Receiver Quinton Patton’s 1100 yards lead the team; quarterbacks Nick Isham and Colby Cameron have combined for 2800 yards passing.

Fun Facts- TCU and Ohio State have met six times (4-1-1 for the Buckeyes); although it should have been seven if people would have been more interested in games than soundbites. Tech and Ohio State have never met, but you can get a feel for what a trip to Ruston might have been like here- I hope her toiletries were OK…

Who We Got?

  • Chris- Frogs
  • Eric- Frogs
  • Jim- Frogs
  • JoeD- Frogs
  • Mali- Frogs