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2014 Capital One Bowl Preview
Start the New Year off with the Big Ten and the SEC in the 2014 Capital One Bowl between Wisconsin and South Carolina. The Gamecocks came us just short in the SEC falling a game behind Missouri in the East after losing a game on the wire in Knoxville. While the Gamecocks are coming of their third consecutive 10 win season, Wisconsin added another win to their record in 2013 giving them their fourth 9+ game winning season in 5 years.
Making their eighth bowl game appearance under head coach Steve Spurrier, the Gamecocks have become one of the SEC’s premier football teams in recent years. Finishing the year off at #9 in the country, South Carolina managed some big wins this season including a double overtime win over the SEC Champion Missouri Tigers. Offensively the Gamecocks are averaging a little more than 450 yards a game behind Connor Shaw’s aggressive passing style of play. While it would appear that it’s Shaw’s arm getting the job done the senior’s elusive speed and ability to extend broken plays is what makes the quarterback so dangerous. SC will definitely need Connor at his best against a Wisconsin defense that lives in the trenches. Holding opposing teams to a mere 15 points per game the Badgers have a solid all-around defense that rarely allows more than 300 offensive yards in four quarters. It’s will surely be a battle but the Gamecocks have the talent to create big opportunities offensively to keep them one step in front of the Badgers.
Though Wisconsin’s defense is presumably at the center of the Badgers success, there is few ground attacks as productive as Wisconsin’s. Featuring two of the nation’s top rushers, Melvin Gordon and James White are both closing in on 1,500 yard seasons. To make matters worse for the Gamecocks, Badger quarterback Joel Stave has built a solid connection with wide out Jared Abbrederis that has led to a 1,000+ yard season at 14.4 yards a catch. With SC offering up 200 yards in the air, this QB-WR tandem might prove to be useful in opening up some holes for their feature backs to work through. In a Big Ten styled offense that loves to wear the defense out with a constant ground and pound game, the Gamecocks defense will need all the help they can get from substitutions to stay fresh.
January 1, at the Citrus Bowl is looking to be one of the best non-BCS games of the year as the #19 Wisconsin Badgers face the #9 South Carolina Gamecocks at 1:00 PM EST. Defense is at an all-time high in Wisconsin and the same is true for the SC offense so the 2014 Capital One Bowl should have countless moments throughout the entire game.
2013 Capital One Bowl Game Preview:
The 2013 Capital One Bowl will fill the Citrus bowl with a sea of red as the Nebraska Cornhuskers and the Georgia Bulldogs take the field in January. Both teams are coming off disappointing Conference Championship loss' leaving them eager to start the New Year off with a win. Nebraska's offense will be in for another tough game as the Bulldogs rank as one of the top 25 defenses allowing an average of only 19 points per game. Led by junior quarterback Taylor Martinez and sophomore running back Ameer Abdullah, the Husker offense relies heavily on a rushing game that averages 250+ yards per game.
The key to a Capital One Bowl win for the Bulldogs will be stopping Nebraska's run game. If Georgia's defense can contain Martinez and Abdullah to force Nebraska into 3rd down passing situations the game could favor the Bulldogs early. With both teams averaging more than 30 points per game, the outcome will rest in the hands of the defense that can produce the most turnovers and keep the opposing offense off the field.
2012 Capital One Bowl Game Preview:
It’s been a year of revelation for both the Nebraska Cornhuskers and South Carolina Gamecocks in 2011. That’s why it’s fitting these two monster programs will meet in this year’s Captial One Bowl, played at Orlando’s Citrus Bowl on January 2nd. The 9-3 Cornhuskers finished their first bruising year in the Big Ten in the top-20, mostly thanks to Bo Pellini’s instance on winning a hard-fought ground attack that features quarterback Taylor Martinez and running back Rex Burkhead, who both had 15 scores. That will be a good test for the 10-2 Gamecocks, who found themselves in the top-10 at the end of the year thanks to their amazing defense, which is strange for an offensive minded coach like Steve Spurrier. It will be a test of strengths in Orlando on January 2nd—and one you won’t want to miss!
2011 Capital One Bowl Preview:
The 2011 Capital One Bowl is likely to be one of the best bowl games of the 2010-2011 bowl season. The 2011 Capital One Bowl features a matchup of perennial powers, the SEC’s Alabama Crimson Tide will take on the Michigan State Spartans from the Big Ten Conference. The Capital One Bowl will be played in the Citrus Bowl stadium in Orlando, Florida on January 1st, 2011.
Alabama is college football’s reigning National Champion and has the 2009 Heisman Trophy winner, Mark Ingram, in their backfield. The Crimson Tide are led by Head Coach Nick Saban, who always fields one of the top defenses in the country. Mark Dantonio is the Head Coach of the Spartans and a candidate for Coach of the Year in college football. Dantonio’s MSU team is 11-1 and tied for the conference title in the Big Ten.
Michigan State has played in the Capital One Bowl twice in the past decade while Bama has not played in this game since 1995, when the game was known as the Florida Citrus Bowl. A win for Sparty would cap one of the best seasons in the history of Michigan State’s program. While Alabama is looking to end on a high note to gear up for another run at the National Championship in 2011. The 2011 Capital One Bowl should be an amazing game, so get your tickets and get down to Orlando to be part of the experience.
2010 Capital One Bowl Preview:
The 2010 Capital One Bowl matches up two championship caliber football teams. The Penn State Nittany Lions will face off against the LSU Tigers in Orlando on January 1st. Penn State Head Coach Joe Paterno will be looking for a big victory against a tough SEC squad led by Head Coach Les Miles. Expect the 2010 Capital One Bowl to be a great game with lots of good football.
2009 Capital One Bowl Game Preview:
The Capital One Bowl is truly the "Little Bowl with the Big Heart," as it has the largest payout for any non-BCS bowl game at $4.25M per team. This is a large sum for any team who is lucky enough to earn a bid to this bowl game. The Capital One Bowl is going to bring some hard-hitting college football to Orlando in January. All you need is a couple tickets and friend, and you have yourself a party with Orlando as the destination. Come watch as the Georgia Bulldogs take on the Michigan State Spartans in January!