Holiday Bowl Preview History
2013 Holiday Bowl Preview
The 2013 Holiday Bowl in San Diego, California is looking to be a shoot-out between two of the most productive offense’s in the country. Texas Tech and Arizona State will head to Qualcomm Stadium to face each other for the first time since 1999, a game that left the Sun Devils victorious 31-13. Stanford proved to be Arizona State’s only kryptonite in the Pac 12 going 8-1 and losing to the Cardinal in the Pac 12 Championship. After starting the season at 7-0 the Red Raiders could not put the pieces back together losing their last five games in the Big 12. Out of the gate, Arizona State looks to be the clear favorite in this year’s Holiday Bowl having made their way through a much stronger Pac 12 conference.
The light at the end of the tunnel for Texas Tech, the Sun Devil defense is allowing an average of 222 yards per game through the air, a number the #2 passing offense in the country hits within the first half against most opponents. If first year coach Kliff Kingsbury has learned anything all year it’s to throw the ball, something he knows plenty about having been one of Tech’s most decorated passing quarterbacks. The Big question for the Red Raiders is which quarterback will take the reins, and their can only be one. With one of the best pass catchers in the NCAA flanking out in the slot, Jace Amaro will be the key to a Texas Tech win.
Sitting at #14 in the BCS standings, Arizona State does a little passing of their own. Taylor Kelly is sitting on top of 3,510 passing yards on the year and averages close to 280 a game. This number is significant because it’s the exact number of yards the Red Raiders have been allowing opposing quarterbacks on the road/neutral sites. Where the Sun Devils will really be able to capitalize is in the rushing attack. While Marion Grice has not been a top tier running back all year, he has shown his ability to bust big plays at a moment’s notice. Tech’s run defense is giving up an average of 194 yards per game but against ranked opponents that number increases by 100. If Texas Tech has any shot of keeping this game respectable they will have to stop the run.
It’s looking like a shootout is going to take place at Qualcomm Stadium on December 30 between Arizona State and Texas Tech. The defense that can make the big stop first will likely come out on top of the 2013 Holiday Bowl.
2012 Holiday Bowl Game Preview:
The Baylor Bears keep on climbing up in the college football world, and this year they’ve been rewarded with a trip to San Diego to play in the Holiday Bowl against UCLA. The Bears have a high-flying offense even without the presence of Heisman winner Robert Griffin III, as Nick Florence has proved to be quite the replacement. Baylor’s biggest win of the season came as a shock to the rest of the country, as the Bears knocked Kansas State out of a likely national championship game. UCLA beat rival USC and Nebraska this season, and the Bruins will be looking to win their 10th game of the season in their home state.
The Bears have proved to be a team to watch, and they continue to shock teams, though the Bruins are hoping they can fend them off. Watch your team in the best weather in the country in December by booking your tickets today!
2011 Holiday Bowl Game Preview:
The Texas Longhorns and Cal Golden Bears both come into the 2011 Holiday Bowl with 7-5 records and something to prove. The Longhorns are hoping for an 8th win and to show that their young team is poised for a big season in 2012. UT Head Coach Mack Brown is counting on his young quarterbacks and running backs to help his etch his 12 bowl victory as a head coach. Cal Head Coach Jeff Tedford wants to add to their strong finish (won 3 of 4) and notch his 6th bowl game victory as a head coach.
2010 Holiday Bowl Game Preview:
Unlike the pro game, it's rare that you would get a post-season, out-of-conference rematch. But on December 30th, the PAC-10's Washington Huskies will try to avenge a 56-21 drubbing at the hands of the Big 12's Nebraska Cornhuskers in San Diego.
It will be tough, however, because Nebraska might be looking to take out its frustration stemming from its three-point loss to Oklahoma in the Big 12 Championship. While Cornhuskers quarterback Taylor Martinez has cooled off from his hot start, he still commands attention thanks to his 21 combined rushing and passing touchdowns. The 10th-ranked Nebraska rushing offense also has Roy Helu Jr., who rushed for 1,211 yards and 11 scores.
While Martinez has stalled a bit, Washington's signal caller Jake Locker has spiraled from a top-five NFL pick to status unknown. His stock began plummeting with the earlier game against Nebraska, so this could give him some incentive to take the game over. Huskies running back Chris Polk's tremendous rushing year (1,238 yards, 8 TDs) gives Locker some help, but it might take more than that to overcome a defense that gave up the eighth-least amount of points in 2010.
2009 Holiday Bowl Game Preview:
The Holiday Bowl is always one of the most exciting bowl games of the college football postseason. Expect the 2009 Holiday Bowl to live up to that reputation as it will match up two incredibly talented teams. The 2009 Holiday Bowl features the Nebraska Cornhuskers from the Big 12 against the Arizona Wildcats from the Pac 10. Arizona will count on freshman quarterback Nick Foles to lead their team to a victory. Foles will face a Nebraska blackshirts defense that might be the best unit in the entire country.
2008 Holiday Bowl Game Preview:
The Pacific Life Holiday Bowl game is going to be played at "The Murph," or Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California on December 30. This bowl game matches the Oklahoma State Cowboys vs. the Oregon Ducks, and will be a fun bowl game to experience. In recent years, the Holiday Bowl has been seen as somewhat of an "upset" bowl, with teams rejected by the BCS losing to noted underdogs. The Holiday Bowl is a game you should not miss!