Valero Alamo Bowl preview

December, 29, 2008
12/29/08
7:44
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Who to watch: Missouri quarterback Chase Daniel will be culminating his record-breaking career for the Tigers against Northwestern. Daniel will go down in history as one of the greatest players in school history. He needs only 115 yards in his final college game to ease past Kliff Kingsbury's career total and crack the NCAA's top 10 in career passing yardage.

What to watch: The Tigers' secondary has struggled all season, ranking 117th nationally in pass defense. Missouri has been torched for 102 points and 1,065 yards in back-to-back losses to Kansas and Oklahoma to finish the season. The Tigers shouldn't be facing a formidable challenge from Northwestern's tepid passing offense keyed by quarterback C.J. Bacher, who has thrown as many interceptions (14) as touchdowns and has only 14 passes of more than 25 yards this season. But still, the challenge should be formidable for the Tigers, considering their late struggles.

Why to watch: It will be interesting to see how Missouri approaches this bowl. The Tigers entered the 2008 season with legitimate BCS title hopes, but finished the season with a pair of embarrassing losses to finish at 9-4. But they do have the opportunity to win 10 games in back-to-back seasons for the first time in the school's 119-year football history. Monday's game will be the last time together for Daniel, record-breaking tight end Chase Coffman and lame-duck Missouri offensive coordinator Dave Christensen, who leaves for the head-coaching job at Wyoming after the game. And it likely will be the last game for explosive wide receiver/kick returner Jeremy Maclin, who could be headed for the NFL draft after the season.

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