#TheTop25 This is sort of a kickoff post or honorable mention to my Top 25… – remember, this is about ME and me alone. I’m sure in different regions, generations, etc different moments and games mattered more. This is what made ME a fan. Take it for what it’s worth. Hopefully I’ll get a podcast guest to discuss this stuff. Now on to the show!
Army and North Texas are aligned for a rematch in the Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl on 12/27 at 9am (noon eastern). North Texas won round 1 35-18. On the S&P+ Army is ranked 81 while North Texas is ranked 111. Regarding turnover margin (my favorite stat after S&P+) North Texas is ranked 52nd, Army was ranked 92nd in that stat. I can see Army beating North Texas, even after losing in the regular season, because Bradshaw the Army QB has gotten into a better groove (see: Army/Navy) and won’t throw 4 interceptions this time around, and Army hopefully won’t lose 3 fumbles.
The Ohio Bobcats will meet the Troy Trojans in Ladd-Peebles Stadium for the Dollar General Bowl on December 23rd at 8pm eastern. Ohio is ranked 83 in the S&P+ while Troy is ranked 65 overall. Troy’s best games were beating Southern Miss and App State while Ohio’s best win was probably over Toledo with good wins over Miami Ohio and Eastern Michigan.
The UCF (Golden) Knights take on the Arkansas State Red Wolves in the Cure Bowl at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, FL on December 17th. The Knights, who have bounced back from an 0-12 fiasco in their last year under George O’Leary (an some interim coaches, and probably Brent Key in all reality) to a 6-6 record.
The Knights can finish 2016 a winner if they can upset Ark State. The Red Wolves slipped from 9-4 to 7-5, and could string together another good season with a win. The Knights are favored on the S&P+ standing at 70 while Ark State sits at 92, ASU however has a bigger win by defeating Troy while UCF really just has a “big loss” narrowly losing to Houston.