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Heart of Dallas Bowl Preview and Prediction: Illinois vs. Louisiana Tech

Tim Beckman has Illinois in a bowl game for the first time since 2011
Heart of Dallas Bowl Preview and Prediction: Illinois vs. Louisiana Tech

A pair of surprising postseason participants will get the post-Christmas bowl action going when Illinois and Louisiana Tech meet up in the Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl. After each program won just four games in 2013, neither the Fighting Illini nor the Bulldogs were picked by many to earn a bowl invite this fall. Now they have an opportunity to cap off successful seasons with a win in the historic Cotton Bowl in Dallas.

 

Bitcoin St. Petersburg Bowl Preview and Prediction: NC State vs. UCF

NC State's Jacoby Brissett faces a tough test against UCF's third-ranked defense
St. Petersburg Bowl Preview and Prediction: NC State vs. UCF

Teams that were in drastically different positions a year ago will wrap up their seasons on the same field when NC State takes on UCF in the Bitcoin St. Petersburg Bowl. Less than a year removed from its Fiesta Bowl triumph, the Knights are looking for their fourth straight postseason win while the Wolf Pack are back in a bowl game a season after going winless in ACC play.

 

Quick Lane Bowl Preview and Prediction: Rutgers vs. North Carolina

North Carolina’s Marquise Williams is among the nation’s leaders in total offense
Quick Lane Bowl Preview and Prediction: Rutgers vs. North Carolina

Points should not be in short supply when Rutgers and North Carolina square off in the inaugural Quick Lane Bowl in Detroit. Essentially a retooled version of the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl with Power 5 conference tie-ins, Ford Field will feature a pair of defenses that combined are giving up more than 900 yards and nearly 70 points per game.

 

Hawaii Bowl Preview and Prediction: Rice vs. Fresno State

The Owls and Bulldogs meet in Hawaii.
Hawaii Bowl Preview and Prediction: Rice vs. Fresno State

Avoiding the sights and sounds of Honolulu will be challenging for Fresno State and Rice, as the two programs meet for the first time since 2004 in the Hawaii Bowl on Christmas Eve. The Bulldogs and Owls had to overcome their share of issues to reach the postseason, but both teams were rewarded with a trip to Hawaii to close out the year and an opportunity to build momentum for 2015.

 

Bahamas Bowl Preview and Prediction: Central Michigan vs. Western Kentucky

Western Kentucky’s Brandon Doughty leads the nation with 4,344 yards passing and 44 touchdowns
Bahamas Bowl Preview and Prediction: Central Michigan vs. Western Kentucky

The inaugural Popeyes Bahamas Bowl will reunite Central Michigan and Western Kentucky as postseason foes, but don’t expect either team to complain. From a destination standpoint, it doesn’t get much better than Nassau in the Bahamas, even if the game takes place on Christmas Eve.

 

BYU and Memphis Engage in Postgame Brawl in Miami Beach Bowl

The Tigers and Cougars exchanged punches.
BYU and Memphis Engage in Postgame Brawl in Miami Beach Bowl

The inaugural Miami Beach Bowl provided plenty of fireworks. The back-and-forth offensive battle ended with Memphis winning 55-48 in double overtime.

While this game might end up as one of the top bowl matchups of 2014-15, the Miami Beach Bowl – at least for some – won’t be remembered for the quality on-field play. Instead, the bowl is likely to be remembered for a postgame brawl that erupted after Memphis intercepted BYU quarterback Christian Stewart to clinch the victory.

Jay Cutler Isn't the Answer for the Tennessee Titans

Rumors are swirling about Jay Cutler's future.
Jay Cutler Isn't the Answer for the Tennessee Titans

Dear Tennessee Titans fans,

 

You don’t want Jay Cutler as your starting quarterback.

 

When a general manager or head coach evaluates an NFL quarterback, be it through free agency, trades or the NFL Draft, a dozen different qualifications must be addressed.

 

With the exception of a strong arm, Cutler doesn’t have a single one.

 

Denver Broncos vs. Cincinnati Bengals Preview and Prediction

Andy Dalton and the Bengals hope to get a step closer to a second straight AFC North title with a win over the Broncos
Denver Broncos vs. Cincinnati Bengals Preview and Prediction

Week 16 of the NFL season concludes with a battle of AFC division leaders as the Denver Broncos are set to take on the Cincinnati Bengals on ESPN’s “Monday Night Football.” The Broncos (11-3) have already clinched their fourth straight AFC West title and could secure a first-round bye with a victory tonight.

Boca Raton Bowl Preview and Prediction: Marshall vs. Northern Illinois

The Thundering Herd and Huskies in Boca Raton.
Boca Raton Bowl Preview and Prediction: Marshall vs. Northern Illinois

Marshall and Northern Illinois were each on the cusp of an appearance in a bigger bowl game, but the two programs meet for the first time since 2001 in the inaugural Boca Raton Bowl.

Poinsettia Bowl Preview and Prediction: Navy vs. San Diego State

Navy faces quick turnaround to face San Diego State
Poinsettia Bowl Preview and Prediction: Navy vs. San Diego State

Bowl season at West Point may as well be a short game week.

 

Thanks to Navy’s unique schedule and bowl arrangement, the Midshipmen won’t have the normal off hours to sit back, stretch and enjoy bowl swag.

 

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