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2011-12 Bowls: Early Bowl Open Thread

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Five bowls. One day. This should be fun.

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Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas (Texas A&M v. Northwestern), 12:00pm - ESPN

Well this sets up an odd contest. A&M has more talent, and more offense. They would have finished as one of the best teams in the country if they had better defense or a couple breaks. 1 point loss to Oklahoma St. 4 point loss to Arkansas. Overtime loss to Missouri. a 4-overtime loss to Kansas St. And a 2-point loss to Texas. Sometimes, you just can't get the breaks to go your way. Despite the record, the Aggies have plenty of prospects worth checking out. WR Jeff Fuller's had a down season, but in his last game against Texas, he was back in form. Another good show and he might be able to regain some of the luster he had going into the season. Both RBs, Cyrus Gray (who's hurt but will play) and Christine Michael (who's hurt and won't play) will make it to the next level. OLB Sean Porter has filled in nicely after Von Miller's departure. And Coryell Judie might be considered one of the top corners in college if he could have stayed healthy.

Northwestern on the other hand is your standard Big 10 mediocre team. Solid, yet unassuming QB in Dan Persa. Disciplined, though limited, white WR in Jeremy Ebert. Little to no NFL-caliber talent. HC Pat Fitzgerald is finding it tough going on the recruiting trails. He could use a win today to help resuscitate the program.

Rams player of interest: Cyrus Gray, Texas A&M RB (Sr.)

Final score: Texas A&M 45, Northwestern 24

Hyundai Sun Bowl (Ga. Tech v. Utah) info after the jump.

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Hyundai Sun Bowl (Georgia Tech v. Utah), 2:00pm - CBS

Now this one could be interesting. Georgia Tech's triple option against a stout Utah defense played in the comfortable, crime-free setting of El Paso (don't worry about bringing your sarcasm. I've got plenty for everybody).

For Georgia Tech, the talent to be seen is in the junior and sophomore classes with guys like G Omoregie Uzzi, WR Stephen Hill and OLB Jeremiah Attaochu. On Utah's side of the ball, it's the defensive line that's going to attract attention: the Krugers, Joe and Dave, along with Star Lotulelei.

Rams player of interest: Star Lotulelei, Utah DT (Jr.)

Final score: Ga. Tech 35, Utah 34