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Bowl Game Blowout! Open Thread Part I for 12/31/09

Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl

12/31/09 at 12:00 PM EST
Fort Worth, Texas

Initial Thoughts: The Armed Forces Bowl brings back fond memories.  And then I remember it kicked off the eternal Riley/Longshore debate and then I remember that it was built on Riley lighting up a suspect secondary in a subpar conference and I wonder what the fuss was about to begin with. Not to reignite the debate or anything!

Most Awesome Player: Case Keenum, Houston QB (468/659 for 5,449 yards, 43 touchdowns, 9 interceptions)
Most Awesome SponsorConcussion.  There's a marketing agency or something, though you could have fooled me.  Do all marketing companies have stupid names?

The Line: Houston -4.5
Accuscore says: Houston 33.2, Air Force 30.2
ESPN says: Houston 35, Air Force 21
Who you should be rooting for: Triple option or spread?  I lean towards the triple option myself, but your taste may vary.


Brut Sun Bowl

LS Black Tee

12/31/09 at 2:00 PM EST
El Paso, Texas

Initial Thoughts: Man I wish we were in the Sun Bowl.  Although I wouldn't have wanted to go to El Paso anyway.
Most Awesome Player: Toby Gerhart, Stanford RB (311 rushes for 1,736 yards and 26 touchdowns)
Most Awesome SponsorForti's Mexican Elder.  Yeah.  Apparently that's a restaurant.

Tampiqueña Steak with a Red Enchilada and Guacamole


The Line: Oklahoma -10
Accuscore says: Oklahoma 34.1, Stanford 24.9
ESPN says: Oklahoma 34, Stanford 20
Who you should be rooting for: Oklahoma.  Duh.


Texas Bowl

Texas Bowl logo

Navy Midshipmen (8-4) vs. Missouri Tigers (8-4)
12/31/09 at 3:30 PM EST
Houston, Texas

Initial Thoughts: I guess they couldn't all be interesting games on New Year's Eve.
Most Awesome Player: Danario Alexander, Missouri WR (107 receptions for 1,644 yards and 13 touchdowns)
Most Awesome SponsorWarehouse Pool Supply.  Because I was just wondering where I'm going to get a nice tarp for my pool when I was trying to figure out whether to tune into this game or not.

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The Line: Missouri -6.5
Accuscore says: Missouri 29.3, Navy 22.7
ESPN says: Missouri 38, Navy 21
Who you should be rooting for: In the absence of any real rooting interest, it's always nice to support your armed forces.