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Bowl Games Gameday Thread (Part 2): December 31st, 2009

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I hope you all enjoyed the first three games... there were some good plays made by most of the prospects in all three. We will now take a look in to the last two games of the day. The first out of the two will be the Insight Bowl which NFL Network will be broadcasting and the second will be The Chik-Fil-A Bowl hosted by ESPN.

 The Insight Bowl will feature The (6-6, 3-5) Minnesota Golden Gophers against The (6-6, 3-5) Iowa State Cyclones. The Gophers finished the season with a .500 record and watched their dam float downstream with a 3-5 conference record. The Cyclones spun there way back to .500 as well. Both teams will vigorously try to pop up one game above those even records.

The Chik-Fil-A Bowl will feature The # 11 ranked Virgina Tech Hoakies against The Tennessee Volunteers. The Hoakies finished 2nd in the ACC-Coastal Division with a (9-3, 6-2) record while The Volunteers finished 2nd in the SEC with a record of (7-5, 4-4).

Below the jump, we will zero in on some of the key players and their stats in '09.

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  MINNESOTA GOLDEN GOPHERS VS IOWA STATE CYCLONES

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# 11 VIRGINIA TECH HOAKIES VS TENNESSEE VOLUNTEERS

THE INSIGHT BOWL PREVIEW

MINNESOTA GOLDEN GOPHERS

Key players to watch for the Gophers:

Adam Weber QB

Comp Rate 51.6%, 2321 Yards, 6.9 Yds/Att, 12 TD's

Eric Decker WR

50 Catches, 758 Yards, 15.2 Avg, 5 TD's

Nick Tow-Arnett TE

35 Catches, 458 Yards, 13.1 Avg, 2 TD's

Led by Coach: Tim Brewster (2nd Year, 8-14)

 

IOWA STATE CYCLONES

Key players to watch for the Cyclones:

Alexander Robinson RB

210 Attempts, 1058 Yards, 5.0 Avg, 6 TD's

Austen Arnaud QB

Comp Rate 60.6%, 1799 Yards, 6.5 Yds/Att, 13 TD's--Rush Attempts 126, 485 Yards, 3.8 Avg, 7 TD's

Marquis Hamilton WR

46 Catches, 574 Yards, 12.5 Avg, 4 TD's

Reggie Stephens G

6'3" 333 [# 73]

David Sims DB

4 INT's, 57 Yards

Led by Coach: Paul Rhodes (1st year, 6-6)

 

WHEN: 6:00 PM ET, 3:00 PST

WHERE: SUN DEVIL STADIUM, TEMPE, AZ

TV: NFL NETWORK

SATELITE: SIRIUS

 

THE CHIK-FIL-A BOWL

VIRGINIA TECH HOAKIES

Key players to watch for the Hoakies:

Tyrod Taylor QB

Comp Rate 55.8%, 2102 Yards, 9.3 Yds/Att, 13 TD's--101 Rush Attempts, 334 Yards, 3.4 Avg, 4 TD's

Ryan Williams RB

Attempts 268, 1538 Yards, 5.7 Avg, 19 TD's

Jarrett Boykin WR

36 Catches, 715 Yards, 19.9 Avg, 5 TD's

Danny Coale WR

29 Catches, 572 Yards, 19.7 Avg, 2 TD's

Ed Wang OT

Rashad Carmichael DB

5 INT's, 62 Yards

Kam Chancellor DB

65 Tackles, 2 INT's

Led by Coach: Frank Beamer (22nd year, 117-89-2)

 

TENNESSEE VOLUNTEERS

Key players to watch for the Volunteers:

Jonathan Crompton QB

Comp Rate 58.4%, 2565 Yards, 7.2 Tds/Att, 26 TD's

Montario Hardesty RB

264 Attempts, 1306 Yards, 4.9 Avg, 12 TD's

Gerald Jones WR

41 Catches, 610 Yards, 14.9 Avg, 4 TD's

Josh McNeil C

Jacques McLendon G

Rico McCoy LB

113 Tackles, 6 Fumbles Forced

Eric Berry S

83 Tackles, 1 Fumble Forced, 2 INT's, 7 Yards

Led by Coach: Lane Kiffin (1st year, 7-5)

 

WHEN: 7:30 PM ET, 4:30 PM PST

WHERE: ATLANTA-FULTON COUNTY STADIUM, ATLANTA GEORGIA

TV: ESPN, ESPN-HD, ESPN360

SATELITE: SIRIUS