Tuesday, December 31, 2013
AdvoCare V100 Bowl preview
By Max Olson
Two of the nation’s best running backs will face off when Arizona and Boston College meet Tuesday in the AdvoCare V100 Bowl (12:30 p.m. ET, ESPN) in Shreveport, La. A few key players and matchups to watch:
Who to watch: Boston College’s Heisman finalist running back Andre Williams. The Doak Walker Award winner gets a chance to add on to his 2,102 rushing yards and showcase his talents to not only a national audience but plenty of NFL scouts who want to know if he’s the real deal. If this is your first time seeing the nation’s leading rusher work his bruising magic, you should be in for a treat.
What to watch: Is this it for Ka’Deem Carey? Arizona’s star back could go pro after this game, but not before he tries for his 16th consecutive 100-yard game. Since the start of the 2012 season, no running back has more rushing yards than Carey’s 3,645. Whether or not this is his last game in blue and red, expect big numbers.
Why to watch: Both teams have shown flashes of how good they can be. Arizona blew out a No. 5 Oregon team 42-16 last month. Boston College knocked off Virginia Tech and led entering the fourth quarter in a close loss to Clemson. Which one these seven-win squads can put it all together and ride their run game to a strong finish?
Prediction: Arizona 31, Boston College 24: The Eagles are the hotter team, having won four of their last five to get to Shreveport, but quarterback B.J. Denker should step up big just as he did against Oregon and guide Arizona to a close win in his finale.