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Friday, December 7, 2012
Who will transform the bowls?

By Matt Fortuna

My pick for who will transform the Big East bowl season is Cincinnati running back George Winn.

He likes these postseason games, remember?

Last year Winn burst onto the scene in a 31-24 Liberty Bowl win over Vanderbilt, rushing for 78 yards and a touchdown on just six carries. The performance got Bearcats fans excited for the 2012 season, and Winn more than exceeded expectations, rushing for a Big East-best 1,204 yards to go with his 12 rushing touchdowns (tied for first) and 116 receiving yards for Cincinnati, which won a share of the conference title for the second straight season and fourth time in the last five years.

Cincinnati's opponent in the Dec. 27 Belk Bowl is Duke, and the Blue Devils rank 102nd nationally against the run, surrendering 199.83 yards per game.

Winn was perhaps the biggest snub from Thursday's All-Big East team, as he was relegated to second-team status behind Ray Graham and Montel Harris.

Expect the redshirt junior to deliver one more time in three weeks, as the Bearcats go for another 10-win season.