This is a partial reprint from an article on my Texas Sports blog about the Texas teams that have made it to the playoff season this year. Notably absent, is the University of Texas Longhorns.
The Horns finished the season 5-7 and quite frankly didn’t deserve to be in the playoffs anyway.
Amplify’d from www.txsportscast.com
“It’s the most wonderful time of the year!”
With all due respect to the great Andy Williams, I tend to think that the College Bowl season is the time where “parties for toasting…and tales of the glories” are best known for.
Though, the Holidays are a close second, but I digress.
This year, 6 teams from the State of Texas are taking part in the 2010 Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) Bowl Season, with only one of them (TCU) making it to one of the prestigious BCS bowl games. Even with a particular top-tier-state-school-of-which-will-not-be-named failing to make it to a Bowl Game this year *COUGHTEXASCOUGH* these bowl games are sure to make the end of the year extremely exciting and will cap off a very intriguing 2010 College Football season.
So here are the 6 Texas teams in action this Holiday season:
Dec. 18th (2 p.m. ET)–New Mexico Bowl: BYU (6-6) vs. UTEP (6-6)
The 2010 Bowl Season kicks-off in the Land of Enchantment, as old WAC rivals Brigham Young and Texas-El Paso square off in the early afternoon. It will be the battle of the Quarterbacks as UTEP’s Sr. QB Trevor Vittatoe (2,511 yds-19 TD) tries to close out his collegiate career in style against BYU’s upstart Fr. QB Jake Heaps (2,052 yds-11 TD).However, the defenses for both teams have let them down, leading to some underachieving moments for each team in the 2010 year (UTEP losing to Marshall, BYU losing to Utah). The question becomes, which team can learn from their mistakes and avoid making the same ones again?
UTEP is making their first trip back to a bowl game since 2005, when they lost 45-17 to Toledo in the (then known) GMAC Bowl in Mobile, Alabama. BYU fans will rejoice as the Cougars are going somewhere else other than Las Vegas. This is BYU’s 6th straight bowl apperance, the previous 5 were at Sam Boyd Stadium in the Maaco Las Vegas Bowl. Last year, BYU defeated Oregon State 44-20.
December 29th (6 p.m. ET)–Texas Bowl: Illinois (6-6) vs. Baylor (7-5)
They should call this the “When were they last in a bowl?” Bowl. For Illinois, 2007 was the last time they enjoyed playing in the FBS “postseason”, where they were pasted by USC 49-17 in the Rose Bowl Game. For Baylor, the wait has been much more excruciating and lengthy. It’s been 16 seasons since Baylor has been at this point, dating back to 1994-95 when the Bears were still a part of the defunct Southwest Conference. That season, Baylor lost to Washington State in the (then named) Builder’s Square Alamo Bowl 10-3.
Baylor will be led by their proficient rushing attack of QB Robert Griffin III and Jay Finley (1,706 yards combined in 2010), while Illinois goes with talented Jr. Running Back Mikel Leshoure (1,530 yds, 14 TD).