Today's Bowls

College Football

December 28, 2005|By ORLANDO SENTINEL

MPC Computers Bowl

Boston College (8-3) vs. Boise State (9-3)

WHERE -- Boise, Idaho

TIME -- 4:30 p.m.

TV -- ESPN

KEY STATS -- Boise State is 15th in the nation in rushing offense at 215.8 yards a game. Boston College is eighth in the nation in rush defense at 95.2 yards a game and has allowed a nation's-low five rushing touch downs.

ABOUT BOISE STATE -- The Bron cos are the only team playing a bowl in their home stadium. This is the fi nal game for Boise coach Dan Hawk ins, who is headed to Colorado. Boise is well balanced offensively (215.6 running ypg, 214.6 passing ypg).

ABOUT BOSTON COLLEGE -- The Eagles led the ACC in total offense (388.2 ypg). TBs L.V. Whitworth and Andre Callender combine for almost 128 yards per game, and they run be hind a big, physical line that should be able to beat up on a smallish Boise front seven.

THE BUZZ -- This is Boise's sixth bowl appearance in seven seasons, and the Broncos have averaged 36.0 points in their previous five bowls.

THE LINE -- BC by 2

THE PICK -- BC, 31-21

Alamo Bowl

Michigan (7-4) vs. Nebraska (7-4)

WHERE -- San Antonio

TIME -- 8 p.m.

TV -- ESPN

KEY STATS -- Michigan is 52nd in pass defense at 211.6 ypg. Nebraska is 97th in total offense at 320.6 ypg.

ABOUT MICHIGAN -- Given their talent level, the Wolverines have un derachieved - again. TB Mike Hart's nagging injuries have been a big blow to the offense, but he is ex pected to play tonight. QB Chad Henne has been workmanlike and suffers from not having a legit go-to receiver.

ABOUT NEBRASKA -- The Huskers are anemic on the ground (91.0 ypg, 112th in nation), putting a ton of pressure on QB Zac Taylor and the passing game - which, frankly, is av erage. TB Cory Ross is the second-leading receiver, and WRs Nate Swift and Terrence Nunn have been pro ductive.

THE BUZZ -- This is Michigan's 31st consecutive bowl appearance but its first non-New Year's Day bowl since the 1995 season.

THE LINE -- Michigan by 10 1/2

THE PICK -- Michigan, 30-17

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