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


Insight Bowl

Minnesota Golden Gophers (6-6) vs. Iowa State Cyclones (6-6)
12/31/09 at 6:00 PM EST
Tempe, Arizona


Initial Thoughts: I mean, I know these are BCS conference teams...but I just can't get excited about seeing a blah Iowa State team go against a Minnesota team without Eric Decker.
Most Awesome Player: It would definitely be Decker if he were able to play, but in his absence I'll go with Alexander Robinson, Iowa State RB (210 rushes for 1,058 yards and 6 touchdowns).
Most Awesome SponsorPing.  For the golfer in your life.

The Line: Minnesota -2
Accuscore says: Minnesota 23.3, Iowa State 23.3 (!!!)
ESPN says: Minnesota 28, Iowa State 24
Who you should be rooting for: Minnesota.  So it makes our victory over them look a little bit less worthless.



Chick-Fil-A Bowl

Chick-fil-A Bowl
12/31/09 at 7:30 PM EST
Atlanta, Georgia


Initial Thoughts: Whew, at least it will end in time for me to catch Dick Clark's Rockin' New Year's Eve.
Most Awesome Player: Eric Berry, Tennessee S (83 tackles, 7 tackles for loss, 2 interceptions, 7 passes defended, 1 forced fumble)
Most Awesome SponsorThe Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation.

The Line: Virginia Tech -5.5
Accuscore says: Virginia Tech 27.7, Tennessee 20.7
ESPN says: Virginia Tech 34, Tennessee 28
Who you should be rooting for: I kinda like Lane Kiffin.  Sure, he's an asshole, but it's just so boring to root for Virginia Tech.  Besides, their offense can easily be confused for Cal's.  And no one wants to see that.