Last year, I put up a Beef O'Brady's St. Petersburg Bowl open thread. Let's just say it was not a very active thread. Will this one be the same?
Ladies and gents, here is your 2013 Beef O'Brady's St. Petersburg Bowl:
St. Petersburg Bowl: East Carolina (9-3) vs. Ohio (7-5)
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I bet you're hungry for some Beef O'Brady's now, amirite?
If you're watching this game, show off to your friends that you know some things about these teams. Here is some info:
Opening Line: East Carolina -13 1/2
What matters: Frank Solich has done a wonderful job at Ohio, guiding the Bobcats to their sixth consecutive bowl game, including victories in the past two. The end of the season has been a bit of a disaster, so he'd like to close out with a victory. East Carolina was favored to win Conference USA, but came up short after losing to Marshall 59-28. So this is a nice consolation to earn its first 10-win season since going 11-1 in 1991.
Who matters: East Carolina has a high-powered offense that can score on the ground and through the air with quarterback Shane Carden (3,866 yards passing, 32 TDs) and running back Vintavious Cooper (995 yards rushing, 11 TDs) leading the way. The Pirates surpassed 50 points four times, including a 63-point performance against UAB. Tyler Tettleton had a pretty good season as a senior with 2,623 yards passing and 20 TDs. Beau Blankenship was a bowl game hero last year with his four scores against Louisiana-Monroe, so look for him to try to repeat that this year.
There you go. All you need to know. Heck, just knowing that ECU was a 13-1/2 point favorite might impress the ladies or gentlemen you might meet at Beef O'Brady's.
If you're watching this MAC-Conference USA battle, talk about it here. This is your open thread. Let's see if we can hit double digit comments this year!