Bowl Projections Roundup: Week 1
Welcome back to the Bud Light Blog! Every week we’ll take look around the world wide web of bowl experts at all of the various projections for the AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl’s first Big 12/SEC matchup this December.
Our first round of week 1 projections features an understandably broad mix of teams across both conferences, as the new tie-ins should make teams pretty hard to guess this early in the season:
- ESPN.com Big 12/Big Ten Bloggers : West Virginia vs. Missouri
- Brett McMurphy – ESPN: TCU vs. Missouri
- Mark Schlabach – ESPN: TCU vs. Mississippi State
- Jerry Palm – CBSSports.com: Texas vs. Louisiana Monroe (SEC replacement)
- Jason Kirk – SBNation: Texas vs. Missouri
- CollegeFootballNews.com (preseason): Texas Tech vs. Arkansas
- AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl Staff: Texas Tech vs. Tennessee
Click HERE for a handy reminder of our new Big 12/SEC ins
Where we stand: The Big 12 side seems to be split between three different Texas Big 12 teams after week one. Texas topped an overmatched North Texas team 38-7, while Texas Tech held on late against FCS Central Arkansas. Meanwhile TCU blew out Samford 48-14 and West Virginia gave top ranked Alabama a scare before ultimately falling in game 2 of the Chick Fil-A Kickoff Classic. While it’s early, the difficulty and round robin scheduling of the Big 12 makes these non-conference games key for teams looking to reach that six win threshold.
The SEC side of our bowl projections are all over the map (literally), however the most popular team at this point is Missouri. Given the new tie-in procedures and Missouri’s trip to Texas last season, our current guess is that they end up elsewhere among the SEC pool and that we could potentially end up with Tennessee, who looked solid in a 38-7 win over Utah State and who’s fans would likely look forward to a trip to a new destination after going bowl-less over the last 3 seasons. Popular AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl preseason pick Texas A&M came out strong on the road against then 9th ranked South Carolina and would likely play their way into the College Football playoff if they keep this pace up.
The Awards Section
Best Motivational Use of a Lil’ Jon Song: Tennessee converts “Turn Down For What” into “Third Down For What.” Crowd is predictably fired up.
Best Use of the Hit Stick : Ole Miss defenders truck Boise State players on back to back plays
Followed by a bonus best reaction award:
Best AdvoCare Texas Kickoff Entrance Video: We’re a bit biased, but check out this entrance video from the LSU locker room to the field before the Tigers 28-24 comeback win over the Wisconsin Badgers on Saturday.