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December 14, 2012

Bowling with Brenner, Part I: Dec. 15-20

All games on ESPN | All times ET

New Mexico Bowl (Albuquerque) | Saturday, 1 p.m.

Nevada (7-5) vs. Arizona (7-5)

Why you should watch: Maybe you’re into empty seats?

Well, it’s Arizona, which beat Oregon State and USC, matching up with Stefphon Jefferson … the nation’s No. 2 rusher at 142 yards a game. Both teams are in the top dozen nationally in total offense. In fact, the over/under is 77.

Points, that is. Not fans.

Brenner picks: Nevada 42, Arizona 38


Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (Boise, Idaho) | Saturday, 4:30 p.m.

No. 22 Utah State (10-2) vs. Toledo (9-3)

Why you should watch: The coaches. Gary Andersen and Matt Campbell (Campbell’s just 33 years old) are two of the best-value coaches in America. Their combined salaries are well under a million, but Andersen has the Aggies in the top 20 and Campbell is humming in his first full year with the Rockets, which is sure to be a stepping stone for the 33-year-old. He won’t be part of #MACtion for long.

Brenner picks: Utah State 30, Toledo 23


Poinsettia Bowl (San Diego) | Thursday, 8 p.m.

BYU (7-5) vs. San Diego State (9-3)

Why you should watch: Because the Cougars are enjoying their independence … by not forcing themselves to play California teams. Even in close proximity to the state containing seven potential FBS foes. The Aztecs are basically playing a home game, and will try to run the Cougars into submission while taking Ezekiel Ansah – with a great name and better pass-rushing ability – out of the equation.

Brenner picks: San Diego State 27, BYU 24


  1. Arizona lost to Oregon State, but took Stanford to OT in Stanford before losing. Nevada has the #2 rusher, but Arizona has the #1 rusher: Ka’Deem Carey.

    Should be a great game, with Arizona winning under coach Rich Rodriguez.

    But yeah, there is that empty stadium thing… I’ll be watching on TV, but then I did get my grad degree at Arizona (well after my undergrad at Auburn).

    Comment by Simmons — December 15, 2012 @ 2:14 am

  2. Two pretty egregious errors on my part. Yeesh. Especially the rushers … don’t know how I missed Carey’s name.
    But darnit, I nailed the empty stadium angle.
    Thanks for reading.

    Comment by Aaron Brenner — December 15, 2012 @ 2:24 am

  3. It was a crazy good game, at least right at the end! Who needs D when you have offenses like those, I guess.

    Comment by Simmons — December 15, 2012 @ 5:45 pm

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