coleryan Posts:16276 Followers:21
12/31/2012 08:30 AM

COLE's BOWL PICKS

Let's get the first game started with a win! Glennon's draft stock is going crazy and without a kicker he will throw...a lot...think they keep it close? I do..

WOLFPACK +7

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coleryan Posts:16276 Followers:21
12/31/2012 08:38 AM

Hyundai Sun Bowl
Georgia Tech vs. USC, 2:00 ET CBS

Georgia Tech: 17-32 ATS playing with rest
USC: 25-10 ATS away off a SU loss

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coleryan Posts:16276 Followers:21
12/31/2012 09:07 AM

Sun Bowl

Southern California vs. Georgia Tech (7.5, 64)


The side on this matchup has not attracted a lot of betting action and the line availability has been on and off due to injury reports. The current betting position on this game is at 3-to-1 in both wager count and money wagered in favor of the Trojans. Those counts were built on the strength of solely public action. Sharp money did chime in early on the total at under 66, creating the 2-point move to 64.

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coleryan Posts:16276 Followers:21
12/31/2012 09:10 AM

WHAT'S AT STAKE

For a team coming off a two-year bowl ban and which entered the season ranked No. 1, the Sun Bowl is a consolation prize for USC. And it will have to play without QB Matt Barkley, who is out with a shoulder injury. But as much as the Trojans want to get a win, Georgia Tech may actually be the more desperate team. The Yellow Jackets are bowl eligible for the 16th consecutive season (the fourth-longest such streak in the country), but they've lost their last seven bowl games, including a 30-27 overtime loss to Utah in last year's Sun Bowl.

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coleryan Posts:16276 Followers:21
12/31/2012 09:10 AM

Predictions
Frank Schwab: USC 31, Georgia Tech 27

We'll probably see in the first few series if USC's heart is in it. It's easy to see a scenario in which Georgia Tech's option just beats up an undisciplined and unmotivated Trojans defense. But there's just too much talent on USC's side to predict a loss to a 6-7 team.

Graham Watson: USC 35, Georgia Tech 31
I really wanted to take Georgia Tech, especially with all the shenanigans that have gone on with USC players being late for a dinner and tweeting out their dislike of El Paso, but the Trojans' talent is too much to ignore. Even without quarterback Matt Barkley, the Trojans are a strong offensive side and while the option offense is tough to defend, I think USC would win in a shootout.

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coleryan Posts:16276 Followers:21
12/31/2012 09:10 AM

PLAYERS TO WATCH

USC: WR Marqise Lee, the Pac-12 offensive player of the year and Biletnikoff Award winner who finished fourth in the Heisman voting, leads the nation in catches (95), is second in yards (1,764) and second in yards per game (147) and has 14 TD catches. WR Robert Woods, who is USC's all-time receptions leader, has 73 catches for 813 yards and 11 TDs.

Georgia Tech: QB Tevin Washington, the ACC's all-time leader in QB rushing TDs (37), has passed for 1,764 yards
and seven TDs and rushed for 638 and 19 TDs. He leads a Tech offense that is No. 4 in the nation in rushing at 323 yards per game.

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coleryan Posts:16276 Followers:21
12/31/2012 09:11 AM

The backdrop today is a mediocre bowl game in a less-than-popular locale amid the feeling a lot of people can't get out of here fast enough.

QB Matt Barkley is injured and won't even suit up today against Georgia Tech in the Sun Bowl. Wide receiver Robert Woods is expected to declare for the NFL draft right after the game.

Defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin is coaching his last game with USC after facing intense criticism this season.

The one person many fans would like to leave - coach Lane Kiffin - is dug in and back for another season.

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coleryan Posts:16276 Followers:21
12/31/2012 09:12 AM

1. USC coach Lane Kiffin on Thursday said senior quarterback Matt Barkley will not play because of a sprained shoulder he suffered Nov. 17 against UCLA. Barkley missed the Trojans’ 22-13 loss to Notre Dame the following week. Barkley passed for 3,273 yards and 15 touchdowns, but also threw a career-high 14 interceptions. Freshman Max Wittek, who made his first career start against Notre Dame, will replace Barkley.

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coleryan Posts:16276 Followers:21
12/31/2012 09:12 AM

1. USC coach Lane Kiffin on Thursday said senior quarterback Matt Barkley will not play because of a sprained shoulder he suffered Nov. 17 against UCLA. Barkley missed the Trojans’ 22-13 loss to Notre Dame the following week. Barkley passed for 3,273 yards and 15 touchdowns, but also threw a career-high 14 interceptions. Freshman Max Wittek, who made his first career start against Notre Dame, will replace Barkley.

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coleryan Posts:16276 Followers:21
12/31/2012 09:13 AM

Georgia Tech obtained an NCAA waiver to play in a bowl game with a losing record. But aside from a blowout loss at Georgia on Nov. 24, the Yellow Jackets were impressive down the stretch, scoring 68 points in a victory at North Carolina and nearly upsetting Florida State for the ACC title. In that game, Georgia Tech shut out the Seminoles in the second half.

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