Nine SEC teams go bowling

Nine SEC teams go bowling
December 4, 2012, 6:58 pm
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This weekend will be the Heisman Trophy presentation. I really believe it is going to be one of the closest votes we have had in recent memory. The reason being the different dynamics that voters can look at when voting for the most outstanding player in college football. We know this has been an offensive award which bodes well for Collin Klein and Johnny Manziel, however if there was a year that a defensive player could win this might be it with Manti Te'o. The dynamics range from voting for a freshman, to voting for a defensive player, to voting for the most valuable player to his particular team. All these issues are inherent in the voters, not the award. Each voter has their own criteria and will vote based on their beliefs. The criteria allows voters to input their own beliefs and vote accordingly. Whoever wins it will strike great debate with many around the water cooler.The Bowl Games for the SEC were announced and we have plenty of time to break them down. The nine opponents for the SEC are all underdogs including Northwestern who finished 9-3 in the Big Ten. Here is a snapshot on all nine SEC opponents.BCS ChampionshipNotre DameThey have the number one scoring defense in the country and have allowed just two rushing touchdowns all season. Manti Te'o finished second in the country with seven interceptions. Keep an eye on: Everett Golson who has thrown for 763 yards with 5 touchdowns and only 1 interception the last three games, however the Irish rank 75th in passing efficiency. Sugar BowlLouisvilleThe Cardinals have 34 Florida kids on their roster that will be hyped up for the game. Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is the key ranked 8th in the country in passing efficiency and throwing for 3,452 yards. Keep an eye on: Lousiville's rushing attack is 98th in the country at 127 yards per game while the Gator defense ranks 6th vs.the run.Capital One BowlNebraskaThe Huskers average 462 yards per game behind dual threat quarterback Taylor Martinez. 254 yards of that comes on the ground and the Dogs just gave up 350 to Alabama. Nebraska is number one in the country in pass defense. Keep and eye on: The Husker rush defense allows 194 yards a game which is 98th best. Todd Gurley leads the SEC in rushing after is 122 yard performance versus Alabama.Outback BowlMichiganThe Wolverines lost three games to the top three teams in the AP Poll, Notre Dame, Alabama and Ohio St. Michigan has improved on defense under former Florida coordinator Greg Mattison. They held five consecutive opponents under 13 points during the season, including 1 Notre Dame. Keep an eye on: The passing offense for Michigan was 98th in the country and they did throw 18 interceptions. South Carolina led the SEC with 40 sacks.Cotton BowlOklahoma The Sooners still have a potent offense, but turnovers and a lack of a running game cost them in losses to 1 Notre Dame and 5 Kansas State. The rushing defense finished just 81st under Bob Stoops which could bode well for the scrambling Johnny Manziel. Keep an eye on: Oklahoma's passing offense which ranks 5th in the nation at 341 yards per game matching up with the 11th best pass defense in the SEC in Texas A&M.Chick Fil-A BowlClemsonThey have the 6th best scoring offense in the country led by quarterback Tajh Boyd. The Tigers have two outstanding receivers in Sammy Watkins and DeAndre Hopkins. The defense is not so exciting ranked 74th in total defense after playing in the ACC. Keep an eye on: Clemson's rushing defense which finished 61st in the nation this season taking on LSU's ground attack that averages 180 yards per game.Music City BowlNorth Carolina St.The Wolfpack began the season with an SEC team (Tennessee) and will finish the season against an SEC team from Tennessee(Vanderbilt). NC State can throw the ball with Mike Glennon who finished 2nd in the ACC in total offense behind Tajh Boyd. There is a change at head coach which will be interesting to watch unfold for North Carolina State as Dave Doeren takes over.Keep an eye on: The Wolfpack pass defense was 94th in the country and Vandy receiver Jordan Mathews was 7th in the country in yards per game.Gator BowlNorthwesternThe Wildcats may have the best chance at victory among the match ups with SEC teams. They lost three games one of which went to over time versus Michigan. The other tow losses they blew a double digit lead in the fourth quarter. Quarterback Kain Colter ignites their ground spread rushing attack. Keep an eye on: Northwestern was 98th in the country in passing defense. Tyler Russell finished 5th in the SEC with 22 touchdown passes.BBVA Compass BowlPittsburghThe Panthers have a new coach but the same result with three consecutive trips to Birmingham, Alabama. Pittsburgh should have beaten number one Notre Dame in South Bend but lost in three overtimes and missing a game winning field goal. They have won four of their last six to get bowl eligible. Keep an eye on: The Panther defense is stout ranked 16th in the country in total defense and 21st in scoring defense allowing 19 points per game. Ole Miss averages over 30 points per game on offense.