NCCA College Football: Bowl Season Preview – Part One

Geno Smith went 23/30 for 320 yards, 2 TDs and no picks against the @Lions.

His passer rating was 132.6 – the highest of week 4 and the third highest score in a single game this season.

Find out how where the #Seahawks rank this week.

#SeahawksNation
https://thegeniusplaybook.com/the-playbook-nfl-power-rankings-2022/

A tough away fixture awaits #THFC this evening, who face a strong #Frankfurt team fresh from a victory over league leaders Union Berlin.

Their average positioning against Arsenal on Saturday (below) was incredibly deep. They’ll have to be braver tonight.

#SGETOT | #UCL

His defending has come under fire, but check this out.

Trent Alexander-Arnold is by far the most active #LFC player when it comes to both attacking involvement and in the buildup.

A trade-off Jürgen Klopp is content to make. ⬇️

#LIVRAN | #UCL

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🆕 NFL Power Rankings: 𝙪𝙥𝙙𝙖𝙩𝙚𝙙

The #49ers closed out a dramatic week 4 in the #NFL with an impressive victory over the #Rams last night. Both are on the move in this week’s Power Rankings.

Find out who’s up and who’s down. ⤵️

#FTTB #RamsHouse
https://thegeniusplaybook.com/the-playbook-nfl-power-rankings-2022/

✅ Pjanić & Manolas to @SharjahFC
✅ Yarmolenko to @alainfcae_en
✅ Allan to @AlWahdaFCC
✅ Denayer to @Shabab_AlAhliFC

A crazy summer of transfer moves means that this year’s @AGLeague_EN title race will be more exciting than ever. ⤵️

#ADNOCProLeague
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Bowl season is here, and there is no better time for college football fans. Friday, December 17th marks the start of over two weeks of post-season college football. Some games mean more than others, but each Bowl game is an opportunity for players and teams to match up against opponents they would normally never face. The luckiest of those two teams not only get to play in a meaningful game, but also get to play while on vacation – I am of course referring to the Bahamas Bowl between Middle Tennessee and Toledo hosted in beautiful Nassau, Bahamas.

Here is part one of our breakdown of each bowl matchup and what to tune in for based on Genius Sports’ official statistics captured with NCAA LiveStats.

Friday, Dec. 17
Bahamas Bowl
Middle Tennessee vs. Toledo

Noon EST

Besides tuning in purely for the scenery, the Bahamas Bowl features two teams who righted the ship after slow starts. Middle Tennessee finished the year 4-2 and scored the 4th most points per game in Conference USA. Toledo was looking to be in the MAC championship game, but struggled early before ending the season on a three game winning streak. Toledo outscored their opponents 133-54 during that span.

Watch Toledo’s dynamic offense led by QB DeQuan Finn who leads the MAC in yards per pass attempt (10.1) and RB Bryant Koback who leads the conference in rush yards per attempt (6.7).

TOLEDO, OH
Tailgreeter Cure Bowl 
Northern Illinois vs. Coastal Carolina
6 p.m. EST

Last year’s Cinderella and near playoff buster Coastal Carolina faces off against MAC champion Northern Illinois in Orlando, Florida. Northern Illinois faced some tough competition this year, including a 63-10 routing by #2 Michigan. However, the Huskies finished the year strong with a 9-4 record and a MAC title. The Coastal Carolina Chanticleers finished 10-2, but were disappointing by their standards after a strong finish last year.

NIU brings 1,000-yard rusher Jevyon Ducker against CCU’s rush defense that allowed 135.6 rushing yards per game. NIU’s defense will have its hands full against Grayson McCall, star quarterback for the Chanticleers. McCall led the NCAA with 12.1 passing yards per attempt and a 207.9 passer rating.

DETROIT, MICHIGAN – DECEMBER 04: The Northern Illinois Huskies football team poses for a team photo after winning the MAC Championship game against the Kent State Golden Flashes at Ford Field on December 04, 2021 in Detroit, Michigan. The Northern Illinois Huskies won the game 41-23 over the Kent State Golden Flashes. (Photo by Aaron J. Thornton/Getty Images)
Saturday, Dec. 18
RoofClaim.com Boca Raton Bowl 
Western Kentucky vs. Appalachian State
11 a.m. EST

Sun Belt runner-up, Appalachian State, faces off against Conference USA’s runner-up, Western Kentucky. Appalachian State finished the year on a six game win streak to get bowl eligible and make it to the Conference Championship game before losing to Louisiana. Western Kentucky has Conference USA’s most explosive offense and one of the best quarterbacks in the NCAA.

Appalachian State boasts the Sun Belt Conference’s leading rusher, Nate Noel (1,074 yards), and passing touchdown leader, Chase Brice (23 TDs). Western Kentucky’s quarterback Bailey Zappe absolutely torched defenses this year. He led the NCAA in passing yards (5,545) and total touchdowns (59).

SAN ANTONIO, TX – DECEMBER 03: Western Kentucky Hilltoppers quarterback Bailey Zappe (4) looks to throw downfield during the football game between the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers and UTSA Roadrunners at the Alamodome on December 3, 2021 in San Antonio, Texas. (Photo by Ken Murray/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
Cricket Celebration Bowl 
South Carolina State vs. Jackson State
Noon EST

South Carolina State is one of the most storied programs from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference and have produced some major NFL talent. Most recently, 2018 Defensive Player of the Year Darius Leonard of the Indianapolis Colts. Jackson State dominated their way to a Southwestern Athletic Conference title and a 11-1 record. NFL Hall of Famer and Head Coach Deion Sanders has brought renewed energy and spark to the Tigers.

Look for JSU’s dynamic kick returner Isaiah Bolden to make plays on special teams and add to his SWAC leading 36.9 yards per kick return and two kick return touchdowns.

MIAMI GARDENS, FL – SEPTEMBER 05: Members of the Jackson State University Football team prepare to make their way on the field during the Orange Blossom Classic game between the Florida A&M Rattlers and the Jackson State Tigers on Sunday September 5th, 2021 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, FL. (Photo by Nick Tre. Smith/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
PUBG Mobile New Mexico Bowl
UTEP vs. Fresno State
2:15 p.m. EST

9-3 Fresno State takes on 7-5 UTEP near the Miners’ home town in the New Mexico Bowl. Fresno State Bulldogs are heavy favorites in this game, but it will depend on the decision to play or not from Fresno’s quarterback Jake Haener. Haener originally entered the transfer portal following the regular season, but decided to remain with Fresno. If he plays, the Bulldogs should handle UTEP.

Haener threw for 32 touchdowns and only 9 interceptions this season.

SAN JOSE, CA – NOVEMBER 25: Fresno State Bulldogs QB Jake Haener (9) in action during the game between the Fresno State Bulldogs and the San Jose State Spartans on November 25, 2021 at CEFCU Stadium in San Jose, CA. (Photo by Larry Placido/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl 
UAB vs. BYU
3:30 p.m. EST

BYU arguably had one of their best seasons ever in 2021. The Cougars finished 13th in the final College Football Rankings with a 10-2 record. The team also swept their PAC-12 opponents this year, including a win over Utah for the first time since 2009.

UAB finished 8-4 and a second-place finish in the Conference USA West Division. Considering their rocky history disbanding and reinstituting only a few years ago, their success has been impressive. UAB’s running back DeWayne McBridle has recorded over 1,200 yards from scrimmage and 12 touchdowns this season. Look for the Blazers to lean heavily on the run game and control the clock from a tough BYU team.

Los Angeles, CA – November 27: Quarterback Jaxson Dart #2 of the USC Trojans passes against the Brigham Young Cougars in the second half of a NCAA football game at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles on Saturday, November 27, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham/MediaNews Group/Pasadena Star-News via Getty Images)
LendingTree Bowl 
Eastern Michigan vs. Liberty
5:45 p.m. EST

Liberty had a down year after Head Coach Hugh Freeze brought them into national attention last year. QB Malik Willis is still considered a top NFL prospect and will use this bowl game to add to his highlight reel.

Eastern Michigan has had an up and down year and enters the game a 9-point underdog. Their defense will have its hands full trying to stop Willis and the powerful Flames offense. Liberty averages 428.5 total yards of offense while Eastern Michigan’s defense has allowed 430.3 yards per game.

LYNCHBURG, VIRGINIA – SEPTEMBER 18: Malik Willis #7 of the Liberty Flames drops back to pass against the Old Dominion Monarchs at Williams Stadium on September 18, 2021 in Lynchburg, Virginia. (Photo by G Fiume/Getty Images)
Jimmy Kimmel LA Bowl pres. by Stifel 
Utah State vs. Oregon State
7:30 p.m. EST

One of the new bowls this year and hosted in Los Angeles’ beautiful SoFi Stadium. Oregon State had a good year nearly making the Pac-12 championship game while Utah State won the Mountain West Conference by upsetting ranked San Diego State in the Championship.

The Beavers defense has been a force all year led by linebacker Avery Roberts who led the PAC-12 with 123 tackles this season. He will have the tough task of slowing down Utah State’s offense led by wide receiver Deven Thompkins who finished with the most receiving yards in the MWC (1,589 yards).

Inglewood, CA – Los Angeles Chargers’ SoFi stadium will host the Jimmy Kimmel LA Bowl.
R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl 
Louisiana vs. Marshall
9:15 p.m. EST

Louisiana started the year ranked in the top 25 after a surprisingly good year last year. An early loss to the University of Texas kept them off track, but the Ragin’ Cajuns were able to bounce back and earn a Bowl bid. Marshall has an up and down year, often blowing out opponents but losing close games.

Marshall’s offense has put up impressive numbers this year with quarterback Grant Wells finishing second in the conference with 3,433 yards and their lead running back Rasheen Ali surpassing 1,000 yards to be the conference’s second leading rusher. Lousiana’s defensive front will be active all game to slow down the Thundering Herd. Defensive End Chauncey Manac finished third in the conference with 10.5 sacks and will garner special attention from Marshall’s offensive line.

HUNTINGTON, WV – DECEMBER 18: Marshall Thundering Herd quarterback Grant Wells (8) throws a pass during the fourth quarter of the 2020 Ryan C-USA Football Championship Game between the UAB Blazers and the Marshall Thundering Herd on October 24, 2020, at Joan C. Edwards Stadium in Huntington, WV. (Photo by Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
Monday, Dec 20
Myrtle Beach Bowl Presented by TaxAct 
Old Dominion vs. Tulsa
2:30 p.m. EST

Old Dominion started the year 1-6 and looked destined to miss out on a crucial bowl bid. However, the team stuck together and finished the season on a five-game winning streak to earn a bid to the Myrtle Beach Bowl. Tulsa finished the year 7-5 playing some tough games, including an 8 point loss to 4th ranked Cincinnati.

Tulsa Golden Hurricanes boast a dynamic pair at wide receiver, Josh Johnson and Juan Carlos Santana, who combined for 1,595 yards, 8 touchdowns and 119 receptions. Old Dominion will look to continue their win streak with the help of running back Blake Watson who rushed for 1,035 yards this season and seven touchdowns.

CINCINNATI, OHIO – NOVEMBER 06: TieNeal Martin #7 of the Tulsa Golden Hurricanes celebrates against the Cincinnati Bearcats at Nippert Stadium on November 06, 2021 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Geno Smith went 23/30 for 320 yards, 2 TDs and no picks against the @Lions.

His passer rating was 132.6 – the highest of week 4 and the third highest score in a single game this season.

Find out how where the #Seahawks rank this week.

#SeahawksNation
https://thegeniusplaybook.com/the-playbook-nfl-power-rankings-2022/

A tough away fixture awaits #THFC this evening, who face a strong #Frankfurt team fresh from a victory over league leaders Union Berlin.

Their average positioning against Arsenal on Saturday (below) was incredibly deep. They’ll have to be braver tonight.

#SGETOT | #UCL

His defending has come under fire, but check this out.

Trent Alexander-Arnold is by far the most active #LFC player when it comes to both attacking involvement and in the buildup.

A trade-off Jürgen Klopp is content to make. ⬇️

#LIVRAN | #UCL

2

🆕 NFL Power Rankings: 𝙪𝙥𝙙𝙖𝙩𝙚𝙙

The #49ers closed out a dramatic week 4 in the #NFL with an impressive victory over the #Rams last night. Both are on the move in this week’s Power Rankings.

Find out who’s up and who’s down. ⤵️

#FTTB #RamsHouse
https://thegeniusplaybook.com/the-playbook-nfl-power-rankings-2022/

✅ Pjanić & Manolas to @SharjahFC
✅ Yarmolenko to @alainfcae_en
✅ Allan to @AlWahdaFCC
✅ Denayer to @Shabab_AlAhliFC

A crazy summer of transfer moves means that this year’s @AGLeague_EN title race will be more exciting than ever. ⤵️

#ADNOCProLeague
https://thegeniusplaybook.com/uae-pro-league-massive-signings-add-excitement-to-new-season/

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