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cville
12-06-2004, 02:04 PM
This may have already been posted but...

Silicon Valley Bowl, Dec. 30, ESPN2 11:00Ö Troy vs. Northern Illinois
No one is going to watch on TV and there might be 15 people in the stands, but getting to a bowl game is an extremely big deal to these two programs. This is a big moment for the Sun Belt getting a second team in the post-season, while Northern Illinois is happy to get a long-deserved bid. Donít expect too much offense.
Stars of the show: Northern Illinois RB Garrett Wolfe, Troy DE Demarcus Ware
The knee jerk, off-the-cuff initial prediction: Northern Illinois 23 Ö Troy 13


Let's prove them wrong on both of these uniformed statements.

cville

Trojan1998
12-06-2004, 02:16 PM
What a moron. I predict a crowd larger than last year's game.

Troy - 20
NIU - 10

svenattroy
12-06-2004, 02:19 PM
Come on, the NIU band is going, so there will be at least 100 people there! And I bet there will be a few that make the trek from Troy and NIU.

Score
Troy 17
NIU 7

TSU-Baggs
12-06-2004, 02:19 PM
That statement really sux! "No one will be watching on TV and 15 folks in the stands." I was concerned because of the start time (8pm pst)that we won't have anyone back east watching except the die hard bar crowd. We need to show up in force and damn, the band needs to be there too! Any word for sure if they are going or not going? Maybe we can start a collection or something to offset cost. Bob Markey said he would drive th bad bus for free! :lol: :shock:

NIU92alum
12-06-2004, 02:22 PM
That CollegeFootballNews writer should be ashamed of himself - "no one will watch on TV and 15 people in the stands". What a jag. I'd wager 250,000 TV viewers in the Chicago market alone. Our band alone will put 128 butts in the seats. I'll bet most of their parents will attend too. That burns me. We need to show College Football what NIU and Troy are all about. Two hungry schools that want (and deserve) a little respect.

MeanGreen61
12-06-2004, 02:32 PM
That CollegeFootballNews writer should be ashamed of himself - "no one will watch on TV and 15 people in the stands". What a jag. I'd wager 250,000 TV viewers in the Chicago market alone. Our band alone will put 128 butts in the seats. I'll bet most of their parents will attend too. That burns me. We need to show College Football what NIU and Troy are all about. Two hungry schools that want (and deserve) a little respect.

A real mind blower would be if the Troy-NIU game put more people in the stands than the Fresno-UCLA matchup last year :lol:

Trojan1998
12-06-2004, 02:39 PM
Well, at least we weren't dubbed as the worst bowl game. The New Orleans Bowl gets that distinction.

Here's hoping the Mean Green whips USM.

tsu59
12-06-2004, 02:45 PM
Harmon prediction at cbs sportsline - Troy 16, Niu 13. I been following him all year and he ain't never far off. Don't know how Collegefootball news figures NIU will score 23 points, ain't nobody but LSU scored that many against Troy and they only scored 24. Lets face it NIU fans NIU ain't LSU - GEAUX TROY :!:

MeanGreen61
12-06-2004, 02:45 PM
Silicon Valley & New Orleans do better in rankings with SI.



From Orange ... to Indepedence
As bowl games are ranked 1-28, it's not all BCS at the top
Posted: Monday December 6, 2004 12:43PM; Updated: Monday December 6, 2004 12:57PM

Here are my second annual rankings of the season's 28 bowl games. Strangely, no coaches bothered lobbying me to change my vote.

1. Orange (Jan. 4): USC (12-0) vs. Oklahoma (12-0). Rarely has there been as much star power on the same field in a bowl game than there will be with Matt Leinart, Reggie Bush, Jason White and Adrian Peterson.

2. Liberty (Dec. 31): Boise State (11-0) vs. Louisville (10-1). The two teams combined to average exactly 100 points per game, neither having scored fewer than 55 since October. And you thought New Year's Eve already was fun ...

3. Rose (Jan. 1): Texas (10-1) vs. Michigan (9-2). Amazingly, these two prestigious programs have never met. In a battle of star running backs, will the senior (Cedric Benson) school the freshman, (Michael Hart)?

4. Sugar (Jan. 3): Auburn (12-0) vs. Virginia Tech (10-2). It's not the game the Tigers wanted, but the Hokies' defense will pose a suitable challenge for Jason Campbell, Carnell Williams and Ronnie Brown.

5. Holiday (Dec. 30): Cal (10-1) vs. Texas Tech (7-4). It's another potential shootout, though the Bears have a pretty darn good defense, too -- and they're going to be a little ticked at anyone from the state of Texas.

6. Outback (Jan. 1): Georgia (9-2) vs. Wisconsin (9-2). The nation's top two defensive ends, Georgia's David Pollack and Wisconsin's Erasmus James, square off in a final showcase before heading for NFL riches.

7. Capital One (Jan. 1): Iowa (9-2) vs. LSU (9-2). Two of the game's most acclaimed coaches, Kirk Ferentz and Nick Saban, battle in what is very likely to be a low-scoring, highly physical chess match.

8. Fiesta (Jan. 1): Utah (11-0) vs. Pittsburgh (8-3). Florida fans probably will be more interested in this one than their own game. The curiosity factor surrounding the Utes boosts an otherwise one-sided matchup.

9. GMAC (Dec. 22): Memphis (8-3) vs. Bowling Green (8-3). Having previously showcased LaDainian Tomlinson, Byron Leftwich and Ben Roethlisberger, the GMAC welcomes two more rising stars in Tigers RB DeAngelo Williams and Falcons QB Omar Jacobs.

10. Peach (Dec. 31): Miami (8-3) vs. Florida (7-4). Bet you never thought you'd see these teams meeting in the Peach Bowl. Neither team wants to be here, but at least their hatred for each other might add some sizzle.

11. Cotton (Jan. 1): Tennessee (9-3) vs. Texas A&M (7-4). Both are young teams that exceeded expectations this year, and whichever team wins likely will propel itself to a high preseason ranking in 2005.

12. Alamo (Dec. 29): Ohio State (7-4) vs. Oklahoma State (7-4). Buckeyes playmakers Troy Smith and Ted Ginn Jr. face off against star Cowboys RB Vernand Morency. The winning school gets to keep calling itself OSU.

13. Sun (Dec. 31): Arizona State (8-3) vs. Purdue (7-4). This one could have been a quarterback showdown between Purdue's Kyle Orton and ASU's Andrew Walter -- had Walter not gotten hurt in his last regular-season game.

14. Gator (Jan. 1): Florida State (8-3) vs. West Virginia (8-3). The storyline of Bobby Bowden going against his old team is about the only thing salvaging this matchup of one-time national title contenders that flopped.

15. Continental Tire (Dec. 30): Boston College (8-3) vs. North Carolina (6-5). It's the final collegiate game for underrated QBs Paul Peterson and Darian Durant. And who knows, maybe it's a preview of next year's ACC title clash.

16. MPC Computers (Dec. 27): Virginia (8-3) vs. Fresno State (8-3). For taking a stand in honor of academics (passing on the Champs Sports Bowl), the Cavs get rewarded with a trip to Boise. The Bulldogs are happy to be going somewhere besides San Jose.

17. Motor City (Dec. 27): Toledo (9-3) vs. Connecticut (7-4). The Huskies, making their first bowl trip, face a daunting test: stopping the MAC champion Rockets' explosive offense, led by QB Bruce Gradkowski.

18. Hawaii (Dec. 24): UAB (7-4) vs. Hawaii (6-5). Balls will be flying through the Hawaiian sky with the deep-passing tandems of Timmy Chang and Chad Owens for the Warriors and Darrell Hackney and Roddy White for UAB.

19. Music City (Dec. 31): Alabama (6-5) vs. Minnesota (6-5). The Gophers boast two sensational running backs in Laurence Maroney and Marion Barber, but they'll be going against one of the nation's stingiest defenses.

20. Emerald (Dec. 30): Navy (9-2) vs. New Mexico (7-4). The ground game will be on full display as the Midshipmen run their dangerous triple-option attack with FB Kyle Eckel, and the Lobos hand off early and often to RB DonTrell Moore.

21. Houston (Dec. 30): UTEP (8-3) vs. Colorado (7-5). Formerly disgraced coaches Mike Price and Gary Barnett square off to determine which is this year's more impressive feat: winning the Big 12 North or finishing second in the WAC.

22. Insight (Dec. 28): Notre Dame (6-5) vs. Oregon State (6-5). Four years and a combined three coaching changes since the Beavers' 41-9 Fiesta Bowl spanking of the Irish, the teams return to the desert for a slightly lower-profile matchup.

23. New Orleans (Dec. 14): North Texas (7-4) vs. Southern Miss (6-5). The nation's leading rusher, Mean Green freshman Jamario Thomas, goes against a Golden Eagles defense that just allowed 261 yards to Cal's J.J. Arrington.

24. Silicon Valley (Dec. 29): Northern Illinois (8-3) vs. Troy (7-4). It's the first bowl for Troy and the first since 1983 for NIU, which has a big-time running back in Garrett Wolfe. Sorry, that's all I've got.

25. Champs Sports (Dec. 21): Georgia Tech (6-5) vs. Syracuse (6-5). The Big 12 sends an extra team to the BCS, Virginia refuses to play an early game and this is what the bowl formerly known as the Tangerine is left with.

26. Fort Worth (Dec. 23): Marshall (6-5) vs. Cincinnati (6-5). The Bearcats are on their way out of Conference USA; the Herd are on their way in. And they'll be playing on the field of another C-USA member, TCU, that's leaving for the Mountain West.

27. Las Vegas (Dec. 23): Wyoming (6-5) vs. UCLA (6-5). It's hard to stay bored for longer than 15 minutes in Sin City, nevertheless three-and-a-half hours. Not even an impromptu Danny Gans performance could salvage this one.

28. Independence (Dec. 28): Miami of Ohio (8-4) vs. Iowa State (6-5). It's too bad the Independence is no longer partnered with Poulan Weed Eater. The organizers could use one to trim this year's game from their memory.


Stewart Mandel covers college sports for SI.com.

BlueRaiderPride
12-06-2004, 03:52 PM
This may have already been posted but...

Silicon Valley Bowl, Dec. 30, ESPN2 11:00Ö Troy vs. Northern Illinois
No one is going to watch on TV and there might be 15 people in the stands, but getting to a bowl game is an extremely big deal to these two programs. This is a big moment for the Sun Belt getting a second team in the post-season, while Northern Illinois is happy to get a long-deserved bid. Donít expect too much offense.
Stars of the show: Northern Illinois RB Garrett Wolfe, Troy DE Demarcus Ware
The knee jerk, off-the-cuff initial prediction: Northern Illinois 23 Ö Troy 13


Let's prove them wrong on both of these uniformed statements.

cville

CollegeFootballNews.com absolutely sucks. They don't know the Sun Belt, and they don't know schools outside of the NCAA-butt-kissed Power $ix conference schools.

Hell, I might go to the game just so I'll have something to do on my Christmas break!!!

BlueRaiderPride
12-06-2004, 03:54 PM
Well, at least we weren't dubbed as the worst bowl game. The New Orleans Bowl gets that distinction.

Here's hoping the Mean Green whips USM.

Wrong. The New Orleans Bowl is actually growing in popularity and it's TV ratings as well as game attendance surpassed that of the Silicon Valley Classic last year which ranked dead last in both categories despite having locals, Fresno and UCLA, playing in the bowl.

However, with a team from the Southeast competing there, you probably will see some improvement from that bowl game this time around.

tsu59
12-06-2004, 03:55 PM
The knee jerk, off-the-cuff initial prediction: Northern Illinois 23 Ö Troy 13


Let's prove them wrong on both of these uniformed statements.

cvilleHarmon prediction at CBS Sportsline
Troy 16 - NIU 13

TrojanFan2
12-06-2004, 04:00 PM
going to be hard to get anyone East of the Mississippi to turn it on at 10 or 11 PM. Only the die-hard will watch a game that goes to 1 or 2 AM

Troy87
12-06-2004, 05:24 PM
Did anyone notice the Indy bowl was rated the worst of the 28. I think there's some irony in that.