All Talk on the Rose Bowl, Sugar Bowl, and Capital One Bowl January 2, 2008Posted by Marquis Chapman in College Football, Football, Sports.
The three bowl games I was most interested in watching were the Rose Bowl, Sugar Bowl, and Capital One Bowl. Here is All Talk on the three bowl games.
Call me crazy, but for some reason, I really thought Illinois was going to make a game of it. USC has struggled with scrambling quarterbacks in the past, and Illinois’ Juice Williams is as mobile as they come. However, USC dominated this game winning 49-17, which happens to be the third largest margin of victory in a BCS game. The Trojans also managed to set a Rose Bowl record of 633 total yards. The Trojans were doing whatever they wanted to do against their opponent, forcing turnovers and turning them into touchdowns. Overall, it was a decent game. I thought Illinois could possibly make a game of it, but USC was just too good.
After watching this game, I really wished Georgia could have played USC in the Rose Bowl. It would have been a much more exciting game, and definitely not so much of a lopsided victory for the Trojans. The Georgia Bulldogs dominated the Hawaii Warriors, much like USC did to Illinois, with a score of 41-10. Georgia’s defense really stepped up, sacking Hawaii’s QB Colt Brennan eight times. Three of those sacks belonged to Georgia’s Marcus Howard. Howard, who was named the games most outstanding player, also forced two fumbles, and returned one for a touchdown. While Howard had an amazing game for Georgia, Hawaii’s Colt Brennan played horrible. The Heisman candidate completed 22 of 38 passes, and threw for only 169 yards.
Capital One Bowl
The Capital One Bowl was very exciting to watch. I was rooting for Michigan because I wanted Lloyd Carr to go out with a victory. Michigan stepped up to the challenge, defeating the Florida Gators 41-35. As expected, Florida’s Tim Tebow had a good game, racking up 154 yards, and throwing three touchdowns. Tebow also had 57 yards on the ground and a touchdown. The real story however, is Michigan’s offense. Michigan’s QB Chad Henne had is way in the air, throwing for 373 yards, and three touchdowns. The run game wasn’t bad either. Although he had a couple of fumbles, senior RB Mike Hart had two touchdowns, totaling 129 yards on the ground. It was a great game, and even a greater moment to see such an outstanding coach go out with a victory.
Overall, the Sugar Bowl and the Rose Bowl were good games if you like lopsided victories, but the Capital One Bowl more than made up for it, with an exciting game between Michigan and Florida.