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Bowl Games Gameday Thread (Part 2): January 2nd, 2009

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We are down to the last two bowl games this evening and the last day before we start hitting the major bowl games.

We will take a look in to the teams in The AutoZone Liberty Bowl and The Valero Alamo Bowl.

The teams that will be facing off in The Liberty Bowl will be The (7-5, 3-5) Arkansas Razorbacks and The (9-4, 7-1) East Carolina Pirates. The Razorbacks finished 4th in the SEC - West while the Pirates finished in 1st place in the C-USA - East. Despite the difference in records and placing in their respective conferences, I think this should be a pretty decently matched game.

The last game of the evening will be The Alamo Bowl which will feature The (6-6, 4-4) Michigan State Spartans and The (8-4, 5-3) Texas Tech Red Raiders. The Spartans finshed in 5th place in the Big Ten and The Red Raiders finished 3rd in the Big 12 - South.

After the jump we will look at all four teams and their key players, stats, along with other information regarding the two games.

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 ARKANSAS RAZORBACKS VS ECU PIRATES

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 MICHIGAN STATE SPARTANS VS TEXAS TECH RED RAIDERS

 

THE LIBERTY BOWL PREVIEW

ECU PIRATES

Key players to watch for the Pirates:

Patrick Pinkney QB

Comp Rate 59.5%, 2738 Yards, 6.7 Yds/Att, 14 TD's

Dominique Lindsay RB

206 Attempts, 1029 Yards, 5.0 Avg, 5 TD's

Dwayne Harris WR

79 catches, 914 Yards, 11.6 Avg, 6 TD's

Darryl Freeney WR

42 Catches, 624 Yards, 14.9, 3 TD's

Van Eskridge CB

6 INT's, 126 Yards

Career Stats: 324 Tackles, 5 Fumbles Forced, 11 INT's, 1 Sack

Led by Coach: Skip Holtz (5th year, 38-26)

 

ARKANSAS RAZORBACKS

Key players to watch for the Razorbacks:

Ryan Mallett QB

Comp Rate 57.2%, 3422 Yards, 9.3 Yds/Att, 29 TD's

Greg Childs WR

45 Catches, 862 Yards, 19.2 Abg, 7 TD's

Jarius Wright WR

37 Catches, 591 Yards, 16.0 Avg, 4 TD's

Joe Adams WR

28 Catches, 553 Yards, 19.8 Avg, 7 TD's

Led by Coach: Bobby Petrino (2nd year, 12-11)

 

WHEN: 5:30 PM ET, 2:30 PM PST

WHERE: LIBERTY BOWL MEMORIAL STADIUM, MEMPHIS TENNESSEE

TV: ESPN, ESPN-HD, ESPN360

 

THE ALAMO BOWL PREVIEW

TEXAS TECH RED RAIDERS

Key players to watch for the Red Raiders:

Taylor Potts QB

Comp Rate 65.6%, 3068 Yards, 7.2 Yds/Att, 20 TD's

Baron Batch RB

146 Attempts, 784 Yards, 5.4 Avg, 12 TD's

Alexander Torres WR

65 catches, 791 Yards, 12.2 Avg, 6 TD's

Detron Lewis WR

55 Catches, 730 Yards, 13.3 Avg, 5 TD's

Lyle Leong WR

42 Catches, 513 Yards, 12.2, 8 TD's

Tramain Swindell WR

48 Catches, 645 Yards, 13.4 Avg, 5 TD's

Led by Coach: N/A

 

MICHIGAN STATE SPARTANS

Key players to watch for the Spartans:

Kirk Cousins QB

Comp Rate 61.5%, 2460 Yards, 8.2 Yds/Att, 18 TD's

Blair White WR

64 Catches, 876 Yards, 13.7 Avg, 8 TD's

Mike Dell WR

26 Catches, 449 Yards, 17.3 Avg, 1 TD

Joel Nitchman C

Led by Coach: Mark Dantonio (2nd year, 16-10)

 

WHEN: 9:00 PM ET, 6:00 PM PST

WHERE: ALAMODOME, SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS

TV: ESPN, ESPN-HD, ESPN360