Thursday, December 29, 2011

PS Bowl-A-Thon 2011: Armed Forces Bowl

The Where and When:
9th Annual Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl, Dallas, TX – December 30th, 9:00 a.m. – ESPN/ESPN3

The Who:
Brigham Young University –  (9 – 3) versus Tulsa Golden Hurricane – (8 –4, 7-1 C-USA)

The Why:
Hey, at least BYU is not playing in the Las Vegas Bowl again! I believe that this game is purely a contractual deal, BYU was basically going here from the get go as long as they achieved bowl eligibility. From the Conference USA side this is a good game in late December. Tulsa could have had to spend the holidays away from family and friends in Hawaii to play in front of 15 fans like conference winner Southern Mississippi.

If for no other reason you should watch this game to celebrate the brave men and women of our armed forces. Hopefully, some of the revenue goes to benefit these brave folks.

What Smartypants Accounting Guy Would Tell You:
Both of these teams are relatively mediocre, but there are a few bright spots. In total offense the Golden Hurricane rank 23rd nationally led by quarterback G.J. Kinne who is a senior transfer from the University of Texas. Kinne has accounted for 93 touchdowns over his Tulsa career. The BYU defense on the other hand is ranked 17th nationally led by linebacker Kyle Van Noy with 58 tackles on the season. The one glaring statistic is once again the turnover margin. Tulsa is 96th nationally in this category, but BYU is 74th. BYU’s place on this list can be attributed to the part of the season when Jake Heaps was calling the signals, he is on his way to play for Kansas if that tells you anything.

Pool Prognosticators Pattern:
I have Tulsa in this matchup with a 19 confidence factor. I am not really sure why I did that after really looking at the statistics. Maybe it is because I live in Southern Nevada and there are BYU fans crawling all over this place and I get damn tired of hearing about BYU. Also, I am still kind of pissed how they threw a hissy fit and went independent after Utah was accepted into the PAC 12, leaving the Mountain West to scramble to fill the schedule. Even though I did not attend UNLV I don’t like how they got screwed in that deal.

Vegas Edge:
BYU is favored in this game by a point. The over/under is 56.5 and is attractive one if you want to cheer for scoring. If making a wager on this game I would probably go with the over.

Sweatpants Verdict:
Just cannot pick BYU, don’t care for their program of married mid-twenty year olds. They are more like a semi-pro squad of guys who could not get into schools in the big conferences. I am going with the Golden Hurricane in this game.

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