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TCU Horned Frogs vs Michigan State Spartans live stream NCAA Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl online on HD TV

It’s been almost a month (Dec 1 to be exact) since the TCU Horned Frogs last took to the football field to play a game. For the Michigan State Spartans, it’s been longer. They haven’t played a game since November 24th. Fortunately for both teams, the wait is almost over.

Date:Sat. Dec. 29
Time:10:15 pm
Tournament:Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl
Venue:Tempe

TCU Horned Frogs vs Michigan State Spartans live

TCU Horned Frogs vs Michigan State Spartans live

TCU Horned Frogs vs Michigan State Spartans live

The 7-5 TCU Horned Frogs take on the 6-6 Michigan State Spartans in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, Saturday, December 29th at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona. For both teams, it’s a bowl game that neither of them was eyeing at the beginning of the season. Each team had high expectations coming into the season. TCU in its first season in the Big 12 was expected to compete for top spot in the conference. Likewise for Michigan State, who had a lot of players coming back and was the favorite to make it to the Big Ten championship game. So often as it happens though, teams fail to live up to the expectations laid upon them by the experts. Unfortunately for the Horned Frogs and Spartans, they did not live up to those expectations.

For both teams, this is a chance to end their season on a good note and build momentum heading into next season. TCU has dealt with a lot in their first year in the Big 12. They’ve lost several key players to injury, starting quarterback Casey Pachall left the team to check into a substance abuse program after his DUI arrest; his departure left redshirt freshman Trevone Boykinas the team’s starting quarterback, and they’ve had to deal with playing against teams they aren’t used to with this being their first year in the Big 12. This has definitely been a trying year at times.

For TCU to win the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, they are going to have to stop Michigan State running back Le’Veon Bell, who is one of the top running backs in the country. The workhorse has rushed for 1,648 yards and eleven touchdowns on 350 carries this year. The Spartans offense goes as far as Bell takes them. If TCU can contain Bell, they have a very good chance at winning this game.

Of course, TCU’s offense has to be able to gain some balance. Too many times this season, they have not been able to find success running the football, putting more pressure on their young quarterback Boykin to lead them to victory. They have been turnover prone this year too and against a defense like the Spartans, you can’t give them good field position.

Oregon State Beavers Vs Texas Longhorns Valero Alamo Bowl live stream NCAA online on HD TV

The fans of San Antonio will be treated to the Valero Alamo Bowl where the Texas Longhorns and the Oregon State Beavers meet.

Date:Sat. Dec. 29
Time:6:45 pm Alamo Bowl
Venue:San Antonio

Oregon State Beavers Vs Texas Longhorns Valero Alamo Bowl live

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Texas is not the team they were several years ago which is not to say they aren’t a good team. The Longhorns just seem to have taken a step back in the Big 12 with their defense struggling against some of the stronger scoring teams. Overall, the Horns allowed 412 yards and 29 points but were tagged with 36 points or more on five occasions. The offensive side of the ball was solid at 441 yards and 36 points behind top 45 running and passing units. David Ash (193-285/2458) probably was better than advertised with a 17-7 TD/INT ratio while completion 67.7% of his throws. The receiving corps was generally riding the duo of Mike Davis (54-909) and Jaxon Shipley (51-649) who combined for 13 scores while Daje Johnson and Marquise Goodwin added another 518 yards on 38 receptions. The ground game was a two pronged attack with Johnathan Gray (142-638) and Joe Bergeron (122-565) who were almost interchangable.

Oregon State dropped two games by a single score and were only outclassed by Oregon in a 24 point defeat. The reason is simple; their ability to score and defend gave this team the ability to win any number of ways. OSU averaged 442 yards and 33 points behind the #15 passing attack that produced 317 yards and quarterbacks Cody Vaz (94-157/1286) who saw most of his time in the beginning of 2012 before Sean Mannion (200-310/2446) took over. Mannion was accurate at 64.5% but made too many mistakes with 15 touchdowns and 13 picks. The receiving corps was led by one of the more explosive duos in the nation with Markus Wheaton (87-1198) and Brandin Cooks (65-1129) being dependable and explosive with 16 touchdowns. Running the ball was secondary in this offense Storm Woods (171-822) getting the majority of the work with Terron Ward and Malcolm Agnew combining for 125 carries and 659 Yards. The defense usually made life easy for the O with 354 yards turning in to less than 20 points with only 130 yards coming on the ground.

Navy Midshipmen vs Arizona State Sun Devils live stream NCAA Fight Hunger Bowl online on HD TV

Navy Midshipmen vs Arizona State Sun Devils live stream online on HD TV
Venue:San Francisco
Date:Sat. Dec. 29
Time:4:00 pm

Following a dramatic win over its archrival, Arizona State wants to cap coach Todd Graham’s promising first year with a bowl victory.

Navy ended the regular season in similar fashion and now looks to add another triumph to its bounce-back campaign.

The Sun Devils take on the Midshipmen for the first time Saturday when they play in the Fight Hunger Bowl at AT&T Park in San Francisco.

Navy Midshipmen vs Arizona State Sun Devils live

Navy Midshipmen vs Arizona State Sun Devils live

Navy Midshipmen vs Arizona State Sun Devils live

“I can tell you they’ll be a formidable opponent,” Graham said. “They’re very different, very difficult, very well-coached, very disciplined. I know our guys are excited about the opportunity.”

After Graham led the program to its first winning season since 2007, Arizona State (7-5) enters its 26th bowl appearance having not won one since defeating Rutgers in the 2005 Insight Bowl. The Sun Devils have since lost three appearances by an average of 22.3 points, including a 56-24 defeat to then-No. 8 Boise State in last year’s Las Vegas Bowl.

This is the ninth bowl game in 10 years for Navy (8-4), which missed out on the postseason last year thanks to a 5-7 record.

While the Midshipmen hope to carry over the momentum of last Saturday’s 17-13 come-from-behind win over Navy, Arizona State looks to do the same after beating Arizona on Nov. 23 to claim the Territorial Cup trophy. Trailing 27-17 after three quarters, the Sun Devils stormed back, turning two turnovers and a blocked punt into three touchdowns on the way to a wild 41-34 win over the Wildcats.

After opening the season 5-1, Arizona State dropped four in a row – three to ranked Pac-10 foes – but closed with back-to-back wins to become bowl eligible.

Seven of quarterback Taylor Kelly’s nine interceptions this season came during that four-game skid – he was sacked 17 times in that span. The sophomore passed for 2,772 yards with 25 touchdowns and had thrown at least one in every game until the Arizona win.

“They’re going to be tough and hard-nosed and they’re going to be coming at us,” Kelly said of the Midshipmen. “We have to go out and handle our business and focus on what we can do and don’t get distracted with different things like traveling or going to a bowl game.”

Kelly ranks second in the Pac-12 in yards per attempt (8.15) and third in completion percentage (65.9). He was one of four Sun Devils to rush for more than 400 yards – none had more than 524.

Arizona State had similar balance in the passing game with six players having at least 300 yards receiving, led by tight end Chris Coyle’s 53 catches and 659 yards. Tailback Marion Grice topped the team with eight TD receptions and nine touchdown runs, including three against Arizona as he ran for a career-high 156 yards.

The Pac-12’s third-ranked scoring offense (36.4 per game) should be able to find some holes in a Navy defense that allowed 705 passing yards in two games before facing run-heavy Army in the regular-season finale.

“Arizona State is an outstanding football team with great players on both sides of the ball,” Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo said. “We have played a very tough schedule this year and there is no doubt that Arizona State will be as talented as any team we’ve faced.”

That may have been a slight overstatement considering Niumatalolo’s team lost 50-10 to current No. 1 Notre Dame to open the season. The Midshipmen, though, closed it out by winning seven of eight, capped by claiming the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy against Army.

Navy and its triple-option offense hope to take advantage of a Sun Devils defense which allowed four of its final six opponents to rush for more than 200 yards. The Midshipmen rank sixth in the nation in rushing yards per game (275.6) while sitting fourth from the bottom in passing attempts (160).

“It’s hard to simulate it in any way,” Graham said of the Navy offense. “… It’s still not very easy because of the blocking and how they go about it, it’s a very difficult scheme to defend.”

Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds threw for just 884 yards and eight touchdowns with one interception while leading the team with 10 rushing TDs, including the game-winner against Army.

Reynolds ran for 588 yards in the final seven games, and fullback Noah Copeland rushed for 209 with three TDs over the last two. Gee Gee Greene led the team with 765 rushing yards but managed just 15 on four carries against Army.

West Virginia Mountaineers vs Syracuse Orange live stream NCAA Pinstripe Bowl online on HD TV

Once combatants in the Big East Conference, the West Virginia Mountaineers and the Syracuse Orange now find themselves facing off against each other in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium on Saturday, Dec. 29.

The Mountaineers, under Dana Holgorsen who is now in his second season with the program, are one of the teams that has recently made the move out of the Big East Conference and now participates as a member of the Big 12. Early on this season the team destined for record-breaking greatness as it ran off five straight wins by averaging an astounding 52.0 ppg, but at the same time giving up 35.0 ppg.

West Virginia Mountaineers vs Syracuse Orange live

West Virginia Mountaineers vs Syracuse Orange live

West Virginia Mountaineers vs Syracuse Orange live

However, after that successful early run the Mountaineers began to show cracks in the armor, putting up only two touchdowns against both Texas Tech and Kansas State in a span of seven days as they were outscored by a margin of 104-28.

West Virginia ended up dropping five straight contests, all in conference, before taking out Iowa State and Kansas in order to finish the regular season with a record of 7-5, but just 4-5 in league play.

As for Syracuse, which is slated to make the jump to the ACC in 2013, the team appeared to be headed for a very disappointing campaign as it lost three of the first four games, the lone win in that span being a 28-17 triumph over Stony Brook. However, the Orange were able to get on track, beginning with a 14-13 victory against rival Pittsburgh in early October, and then, with a 40-10 rout of UConn, rattled off five wins in the last six games on the schedule. The strong finish gave the Orange a 7-5 record overall and a mark of 5-2 versus the rest of the Big East, putting them in a four-way tie for first place in the league standings, but relegated to a non-BCS bowl due to tie- breakers. Nevertheless, head coach Doug Marrone is still happy that the season has one more game to be played.

We are thrilled to be invited to the New Era Pinstripe Bowl for the second time in three years…It means a great deal to us to play a bowl game in Yankee Stadium where many of our alumni and fans will have the opportunity to share it with us. New York State is the foundation of our program. I am proud of this team for the way it fought through early-season adversity to win five of the last six games and win a share of the Big East championship. It is great for our team, and particularly our seniors, to have the chance to play one more game. This senior class has given so much to our program on and off the field and will be great ambassadors for our program and University.

Now in just its third year, this postseason event hosted Syracuse once before in 2010 when the team held off Kansas State for a 36-34 triumph. The Orange, who missed out on a bowl last year, have a postseason history that dates back to a 61-6 blowout loss to Alabama in the 1953 Orange Bowl.

Syracuse has won three of the last four postseason outings and has an all-time mark of 13-9-1 following the regular season.

As for the Mountaineers, they had lost back-to-back bowl outings to Florida State and NC State in the Gator and Champs Sports Bowls, respectively, before blowing the doors off Clemson in a staggering 70-33 victory in the 2012 Orange Bowl. West Virginia, which began postseason life with a 21-13 triumph versus Gonzaga in the 1922 Christmas Classic, now has a record of 14-17 in bowl dates.

In terms of the all-time series between these squads, Syracuse owns a 32-27 advantage thanks to a 49-23 triumph in the most recent meeting last season in the Carrier Dome. In that matchup, Orange quarterback Ryan Nassib converted 24-of-32 passes for 229 yards and four touchdowns to lead the home team to victory.

Since that big win over WVU in 2011, Nassib has only gotten stronger for Syracuse. The only one to take snaps for the program this season, Nassib set a single-season program record by throwing for 3,619 yards, adding 24 touchdowns against just nine interceptions as he completed better than 63 percent of his attempts for more than 300 ypg.

Nassib, who holds every single-season and career passing record (except career TD passes) in Syracuse history, including most completions and yards, is now on everyone’s radar which will make getting passes to Alec Lemon (70 catches, 1,063 yards, seven TDs) and Marcus Sales (63, 863, eight) slightly more difficult even though WVU is by no means known for its defensive prowess.

The Mountaineers will also have to keep tabs on Jerome Smith and Prince-Tyson Gulley coming out of the backfield after the pair combined for close to 1,700 yards and 10 TDs on the ground.

In terms of the Syracuse defense, the team ranked first in the conference and 10th nationally in tackles for loss with an average of 7.5 per contest. Taking the lead in that department was Brandon Sharpe who made more than one-third of his 35 total stops in the backfield, accounting for a team-best six sacks along the way as well. Dyshawn Davis was just one-half TFL behind Sharpe as he registered 13 in his 12 appearances.

Top-tackler Shamarko Thomas (84 stops), was credited with both a pair of interceptions and three forced fumbles for a team that had trouble forcing turnovers in 2012.

The Orange defense will have its hands full trying to slow down the likes of Geno Smith, Stedman Bailey and Tavon Austin each of whom has displayed the uncanny ability to produce massive stats this season.

Rice Owls vs Air Force Falcons live stream NCAA football Armed Forces Bowl online on HD TV

NCAA FOOTBALL

Saturday, December 29, 2012
Sat. Dec. 29
11:45 am
Armed Forces Bowl
Where: 2850 Stadium Drive
Fort Worth, TX 76129
Rice Owls vs Air Force Falcons

The participants in the Armed Forces Bowl have plenty in common – potent running attacks, high-scoring offenses, suspect defenses and .500 records.

Rice Owls vs Air Force Falcons live

Armed Forces Bowl LIVE

Armed Forces Bowl LIVE

But there’s one big difference that could play a role in the outcome.

Momentum will clearly be on Rice’s side when it faces Air Force on Saturday at TCU’s completely redone stadium.

While a 6-6 record isn’t anything to get overly excited about, Rice has every reason to feel good about itself heading into its first bowl game since 2008.

Ending that drought seemed very unlikely after the Owls lost five of their first six games, but they rebounded to win five of six, including their final four contests. They became bowl eligible with a 33-24 victory at UTEP on Nov. 24.

Air Force, meanwhile, enters its sixth straight bowl wondering what could’ve been. It won five of its first eight games – including a 4-1 start in Mountain West play – before dropping three of its last four, including a regular season-ending 48-15 loss at Fresno State.

The Falcons looked like a tired team down the stretch while playing 10 consecutive weeks, but having more than a month off should have them refreshed for the postseason.

“I think it’s really going to help us here,” coach Troy Calhoun said of the layoff. “Whenever you get to go home and even if it’s only three nights rest, those are three good soldiers’ nights rest and it tends to really revive your guys so I think it’s a plus, a huge, huge plus.”

Although the Owls struggled early this season, it’s not surprising that the second-youngest team in the FBS showed improvement in the latter half. Three of their six losses were by four points or fewer, including a double-overtime defeat to Marshall and a 28-24 loss at Tulsa during which they held four different leads.

“We were a good football team. We were competitive in every game,” coach David Bailiff said. “Very resilient group of young men that showed up, even when we back ourselves into the corner and knew we had to win out to become bowl eligible.”

Rice’s balanced offense keyed the four-game streak, averaging 40.5 points and 432.0 yards. Junior quarterback Taylor McHargue completed 64 of 98 passes for 843 yards with three touchdowns and one interception during that span.

He’s the main piece in the second-most productive offense in school history. The Owls’ 381 points and 5,053 yards of total offense – 2,415 on the ground – are bettered only by the 2008 team that went 10-3.

Senior tailback Charles Ross should see plenty of touches in this game as he tries to build off a career-high 154-yard, two-touchdown effort in the regular-season finale. He’s a big reason why the Owls led Conference USA in time of possession.

Rice certainly has the more balanced offense in this matchup, but perhaps no team in the nation boasts a better running game than Air Force. The Falcons feature the nation’s No. 2 rushing offense (328.8 yards per game) and have finished in the top 10 every year since 1986.

Air Force isn’t shy about being one-dimensional with the ball, becoming the first FBS team in three years to have no pass attempts in a game – a 21-7 win over Hawaii on Nov. 16.

The main cog in the Falcons’ dynamic ground game is Cody Getz, who rushed for 1,213 yards and nine touchdowns this season despite missing two games with an ankle injury. The 5-foot-7 senior – the first player in school history with three 200-yard rushing games in a season – could be in for a big performance against a Rice run defense that allowed 193.2 yards per game to rank 94th in the nation.

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