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January 2, 12:30 AM ET
Bowl Bound Live Chat with Brad Edwards

Josh Barbarotta
  (11:51 AM)

What's up everybody? Happy Bowl Day! Brad Edwards will be along shortly to live blog and chat during all the early bowl action today. Houston-Penn State kicking off in about 15 minutes on ESPNU. Send your questions/comments along here or on Twitter: @BradEdwards_BCS, @ESPN_BowlBound or @ESPNCFB.

Brad Edwards
  (12:00 PM)

Happy New Year, everyone, and welcome to what I think is the most fun four-hour window of the bowl season.

Brad Edwards
  (12:00 PM)

I'll be giving updates and commenting on today's first four bowl games while they're in progress, and I'll take lots of questions in between.

Brad Edwards
  (12:02 PM)

Five Big Ten teams will be in action today. It was a disastrous day for those teams last year, as they went 0-5, including 0-3 vs the SEC and a Rose Bowl loss to TCU. Needless to say, the Big Ten is hoping for a much better showing this time.

Brad Edwards
  (12:03 PM)

Penn State and Houston are taking the field for the TicketCity Bowl, which will kick shortly. Starting at 1ET will be the Capital One Bowl (Nebraska vs South Carolina), the Outback Bowl (Michigan State vs Georgia) and the Gator Bowl (Ohio State vs Florida).

Brad Edwards
  (12:06 PM)

Looking forward to seeing how the nation's No. 1 passing offense (Houston) stands up to the nation's No. 4 passing defense (Penn State), especially considering neither team really earned its ranking against good competition. The highest-ranked passing offense Penn State faced this season was Northwestern (38th), which threw for 312 yards on them.

Brad Edwards
  (12:07 PM)

We're under way in Dallas. Houston has the ball first.

Brad Edwards
  (12:09 PM)

I'll be taking questions over Twitter. @BradEdwards_BCS

Brad Edwards
  (12:11 PM)

Keenum makes a huge play on 3rd and 10, scrambles and throws just before crossing the line of scrimmage. Patrick Edwards runs inside the PSU 40.

Brad Edwards
  (12:12 PM)

Then, on 3rd and 13, Keenum hits Edwards again behind the defense for a 40-yard TD. 7-0 Houston

Brad Edwards
  (12:13 PM)

We'll see how the Penn State offense looks with Rob Bolden at QB. Nobody's expecting him to do a lot through the air, and truth be told, PSU's best chance is probably for him to get invovled in the running game.

Brad Edwards
  (12:15 PM)

Just to clarify an earlier statement, I'll take questions on Twitter and answer them on here. I won't be sending my responses over Twitter.

Brad Edwards
  (12:16 PM)

Penn State goes 3 and out after Bolden misses a wide open target on 3rd and 1.

Brad Edwards
  (12:16 PM)

PSU punt goes out of bounds near midfield. Houston takes over with a 7-0 lead.

Brad Edwards
  (12:20 PM)

Here's an earlier question from texarkana: "How do think RG3'S game will transfer over to the NFL?" ... If you look at the success Cam Newton had this year, it's hard to think Griffin can't be successful. He's a very accurate passer with a nice deep ball and has great athleticism, although he doesn't have the size that serves Newton so well near the goal line. I'll be surprised if RG3 isn't a starter in the league for many years.

Brad Edwards
  (12:21 PM)

Houston on the move again. Already at the Penn State 21.

Brad Edwards
  (12:22 PM)

Question from @ChadLJordan: Was Corso crazy saying OSU has a shot at AP Title if they win big and LSU loses?

Brad Edwards
  (12:25 PM)

The fact that the Big 12 has performed so well in the bowls thus far helps OSU's case, although the fact that Iowa State lost just reinforces what an awful 2nd half the Cowboys played in Ames. I also think Kansas State has to beat Arkansas for this to be a possibility, given that KSU is the highest-ranked team Oklahoma State beat, and the Razorbacks are the highest-ranked team Alabama beat.

Brad Edwards
  (12:27 PM)

Still, I never heard anyone outside of Oklahoma suggest that OSU is better than Alabama (only that they didn't want to see a rematch). Hard to believe the same voters who think Bama is better would change their opinion if the Tide beat LSU. It'll at least be a fun storyline if the Pokes win big tonight.

Brad Edwards
  (12:27 PM)

Houston kicked a FG to go up 10-0 just six minutes into the game.

Brad Edwards
  (12:28 PM)

@swndle asks: Has Houston mentally recovered from their loss?

Brad Edwards
  (12:30 PM)

Considering what a monumental loss it was (both in margin and significance), combined with Kevin Sumlin leaving to take the A&M job, I was really curious to see whether Houston would come to play today. They certainly have, as they just forced PSU into a second 3

Brad Edwards
  (12:31 PM)

@Danthegingerman asks: Do you think Case Keenum can be successful in the NFL?

Brad Edwards
  (12:35 PM)

I've heard NFL scouts question his arm strength, which is never good when they're already questioning how he'll transition to a totally different style of offense. But he'll have a chance to show them something at the combine, and I'm sure he'll get a chance in a training camp.

Brad Edwards
  (12:37 PM)

There are a lot of guys who've made a living in the NFL as a backup QB that I never would've imagined, so maybe Keenum can hang around an possibly even have some success.

Brad Edwards
  (12:38 PM)

PSU finally forces a Houston punt and gets the ball back down 10-0 with 4 minutes left in the 1st quarter.

Brad Edwards
  (12:39 PM)

Bolden misses another wide open receiver on 3rd down. PSU punts from its end zone. Fair catch by Houston at midfield.

barrett (portland) [via mobile]

if this game turns into a shootout, does penn state have ANY shot?

Brad Edwards
  (12:41 PM)

From what I've seen so far, NO!

Brad Edwards
  (12:43 PM)

Touchdown Houston! It's 17-0 with 2:35 left in the 1st quarter. With all Penn State's been dealing with lately, it's hard to imagine they have enough fight to stage a comeback. This could get ugly.

Mike (AZ) [via mobile]

ohio state-florida: first one to 10 wins?

Brad Edwards
  (12:44 PM)

I think someone could hit 20, especially if there's a non-offensive TD.

garreth (Idaho) [via mobile]

what's the best bowl game today in your opinion and why?

Brad Edwards
  (12:46 PM)

I love the Outback matchup. Michigan State has been as good as anyone in the Big Ten the last two years and should be motivated to make amends for being humiliated by Alabama last year. Georgia wants to show its more like the team we saw in the 1st half against LSU than the team we saw in the 2nd half. Should be fun.

HogWild ARK [via mobile]

who wins the cotton bowl brad?

Brad Edwards
  (12:47 PM)

I expect a lot of points, because each team's offensive strength matches up with the opponent's defensive weakness. That said, I think KSU will struggle much more against Arkansas' passing game, and it's hard to see the Hogs losing if they have any motivation.

Omar [via mobile]

Did u think auburn would win against Virginia

Brad Edwards
  (12:50 PM)

I didn't see that coming. Auburn seemed like a mess going into that game and had little reason to be motivated. I thought UVA was a good upset pick, but it wasn't even close. Chizik deserves props for having his team ready to play.

Kyle Wyoming [via mobile]

Man, Boise picked a bad year to lose. If they beat TCU, they'd be in the title game. Right?

Brad Edwards
  (12:52 PM)

The computers would've made it really tough. I also think the voters were going to judge Boise by Georgia's performance against LSU, and that obviously didn't go so well. In a strange way, I think Boise being undefeated might've taken away support from Oklahoma State more than Alabama.

Brad Edwards
  (12:54 PM)

I think the voters who went with Alabama did so because they thought they were the second-best team. Not sure any of those people would've thought different if Boise was undefeated. Some of the ones who ranked OSU second because they didn't want an LSU-Bama rematch might have gone with BSU instead. Of course, we'll never know.

Brad Edwards
  (12:54 PM)

End of 1st quarter. Houston 17-0 over Penn State.

gary [via mobile]

Where did Penn State's top-5 defense go?

Brad Edwards
  (12:55 PM)

As I mentioned earlier, the highest-ranked passing offense PSU had played all season was Northwestern (38th), and even Northwestern threw for 312 yards on them. This isn't totally surprising.

barrett (portland) [via mobile]

is patrick edwards an nfl cliber WR?

Brad Edwards
  (12:57 PM)

Hard to believe that guy can't help somebody in the NFL. He makes things happen.

Brad Edwards
  (12:57 PM)

Houston misses a chip shot FG. Still 17-0.

Hal Jax, FL. [via mobile]

If Stanford doesn't turn the bowl over, they run away and hide from ok state, right?

Brad Edwards
  (1:00 PM)

I think Stanford has to keep the turnovers down just to hang in there. I saw Stanford's defense in person against USC and Oregon, and I think they'll struggle with OSU's athletes, too. The Cardinal better establish the run, and Luck needs to play well for Stanford to have a chance to win a high-scoring game.

Brad Edwards
  (1:02 PM)

One odd thing about this game, though, is that Stanford's offense, as pro-style as it may seem, is totally different from what OSU sees in the Big 12. I'm interested to see how the Pokes adapt to defending tight formations.

Brad Edwards
  (1:03 PM)

Another question from Twitter. @cptpws asks: Which conference has shown the most strength? Least?

Brad Edwards
  (1:05 PM)

It's hard to pick anyone other than the Big 12 as the best, because most other conferences haven't had any of their better teams play yet. Worst is between the Pac-12 and ACC.

Brad Edwards
  (1:06 PM)

The three Big Ten vs SEC games have just kicked. Big Ten went 0-3 in these games last year.

Brad Edwards
  (1:06 PM)

Actually, Michigan State and Georgia haven't quite kicked. The other two have.

Brad Edwards
  (1:08 PM)

Connor Shaw barely overthrew Alshon Jeffery behind the defense on the first possession. South Carolina goes 3 and out, and Nebraska starts with great field position.

Brad Edwards
  (1:11 PM)

Three plays and a TD for Nebraska. Taylor Martinez heaves one from the hip to a wide open receiver. South Carolina blocks the PAT and returns it for 2. That might be more exciting than anything that happens in the entire Gator Bowl.

Brad Edwards
  (1:12 PM)

Ohio State stops Florida on a 3rd down play, and they're reviewing a ruled incompletion to see whether it was a fumble by Brantley.

Brad Edwards
  (1:13 PM)

Georgia stopped at midfield on opening possession. Punts on 4th and 1 and downs it at the MSU 2.

Brad Edwards
  (1:14 PM)

Florida play was reversed. Fumble by Brantley recovered by OSU at their own 26.

Brad Edwards
  (1:15 PM)

Georgia records a safety on Michigan State's opening play. There are three SEC teams playing right now, and two of them have two points.

Brad Edwards
  (1:16 PM)

Penn State scores a TD while everyone is watching other games and cuts the Houston lead to 17-7 with 6 minutes left in the half.

Brad Edwards
  (1:17 PM)

Perhaps the upset of the day is that Florida and Ohio State both crossed midfield on their opening possessions.

Brad Edwards
  (1:18 PM)

South Carolina now inside the Nebraska 20. Georgia across midfield against MSU.

Sara -Michigan [via mobile]

Now that Penn State scored, does that give them the boost they need to start a comeback?

Brad Edwards
  (1:20 PM)

I doubt it, but if they can keep Houston from scoring again this half, maybe they can make a run at it.

Brad Edwards
  (1:22 PM)

Keenum with a big 3rd down completion into FG range. He's killing Penn State on 3rd down.

Brad Edwards
  (1:22 PM)

South Carolina has it 4th and goal from the one foot line. Timeout.

Brad Edwards
  (1:24 PM)

Georgia is 4th and 1 at the MSU 6.

Brad Edwards
  (1:25 PM)

Touchdown South Carolina on a QB sneak. Good answer to Nebraska's opening score. Thanks to the earlier blocked PAT return, Gamecocks now up 9-6.

Brad Edwards
  (1:26 PM)

Still no score in the Gator Bowl, despite a few first downs for each team. 6 minutes left in first quarter. Florida ball at own 30.

Brad Edwards
  (1:27 PM)

Georgia going for it on 4th and 1 at MSU 6.

Brad Edwards
  (1:27 PM)

Spartans hold! Take over at own 6.

Brad Edwards
  (1:29 PM)

Big play for Michigan State. The start of the game was looking very similar to last year's blowout loss to Alabama.

Brad Edwards
  (1:29 PM)

Penn State stops Houston and gets the ball back down 17-7 with less than 3 minutes left in the half.

Brad Edwards
  (1:34 PM)

South Carolina called for a facemask prior to a Nebraska punt. Gives the Huskers a first down inside the SC 30.

Brad Edwards
  (1:36 PM)

Houston gets another long TD pass from Keenum to Edwards to go up 24-7. Edwards has 200 yards and 2 TD, and we're still not at half.

Brad Edwards
  (1:38 PM)

Nebraska answers quickly after the penalty keeps the drive alive. This could be a track meet. Despite having a month to prepare, South Carolina seems to have no clue how to defend this attack. Huskers make the PAT this time. Lead 13-9.

Brad Edwards
  (1:39 PM)

Long completion by UGA out of its own end zone on 3rd and 15 puts ball inside MSU territory.

Brad Edwards
  (1:41 PM)

Touchdown Florida! Brantley pass to Deonte Thompson. Buckeyes defense looks bad. Florida has 118 yards and is 4-5 on 3rd down.

Brad Edwards
  (1:42 PM)

Ohio State fumble recovered by Florida, but it looks like Herron was down. It will be reviewed.

cliff [via mobile]

Sugar bowl vat or michigan and why

Brad Edwards
  (1:45 PM)

I like Michigan. Originally, I liked VT because of all the people saying they didn't deserve to be there, but the more I look at it, I don't feel good about the Tech defense. They played two teams with really good athletes on offense, and Clemson and Miami both moved the ball well on them.

Brad Edwards
  (1:46 PM)

The fumble call wasn't reversed, but Florida fumbled it right back to OSU, so no damage done. End of 1st quarter. Florida 7-0

Brad Edwards
  (1:47 PM)

Houston goes to half up 24-7 on Penn State. Keenum has 380 passing yards at half.

Brad Edwards
  (1:48 PM)

MSU forced a UGA fumble and got the ball back, but then went 3 and out. UGA takes over at own 10, up 2-0

Brad Edwards
  (1:50 PM)

Nebraska and South Carolina trade punts. Gamecocks don't nullify this one with a penalty and take over at own 10, down 13-9.

Tjb [via mobile]

Hey brad you got LSU or bama

Brad Edwards
  (1:53 PM)

I have no feel for this game. I assume it will be low scoring again, because the defenses are dominant, and the offenses take care of the ball. I don't think it makes Bama the favorite, but the long layoff was more to the Tide's advantage than LSU's. The Tigers had a ton of momentum and didn't need the time off.

Brad Edwards
  (1:53 PM)

Buckeyes 1st and goal

Brad Edwards
  (1:55 PM)

TD pass from Miller to Posey! Miller is 3-for-3 passing. Game tied at 7.

Brad Edwards
  (1:57 PM)

It has become painfully obvious why Stephen Garcia got about 7 chances at South Carolina. Connor Shaw really struggles as a passer.

Brad Edwards
  (1:59 PM)

Florida returns the kickoff for a TD! So much for a low-scoring game.

Brad Edwards
  (2:00 PM)

Andre Debose was untouched. Nobody even came close to touching him.

Brad Edwards
  (2:03 PM)

South Carolina forces a huge fumble as Nebraska crosses the SC 10. Gamecocks take over.

Brad Edwards
  (2:05 PM)

Right on cue, Shaw hits Jeffery right in stride on a long pass, and Gamecocks are goal to go.

Brad Edwards
  (2:06 PM)

Shaw follows it up with a delay of game on 3rd and goal from the 1.

Brad Edwards
  (2:07 PM)

Spurrier is so frustrated that he runs a sweep on 3rd and goal from the 6 and settles for a 20-yd FG attempt ... and South Carolina misses it!

Brad Edwards
  (2:09 PM)

Houston and Penn State just restarted the 2nd half, in case anyone cares.

Brad Edwards
  (2:11 PM)

Although South Carolina could easily be ahead right now, this has the feel of a game where one team (Nebraska) just wants it a lot more than the other. I think this could get ugly if Nebraska goes up two scores before half.

Brad Edwards
  (2:11 PM)

Nebraska has 4th and inches from its own 29 and is going for it!

Brad Edwards
  (2:12 PM)

Timeout Huskers

Brad Edwards
  (2:12 PM)

By the way, Georgia still leads Michigan State 2-0. Not many first downs in this game since the opening minutes.

Brad Edwards
  (2:17 PM)

Georgia strikes on an 80-yd pass to Tavarres King. Bulldogs lead 9-0.

Brad Edwards
  (2:18 PM)

Huskers picked up the first down, by the way, and drove inside South Carolina territory before Martinez was picked on 3rd down. South Carolina ball at their own 30 with 30 second left in the half.

Brad Edwards
  (2:20 PM)

Braxton Miller misses a wide-open Posey in the end zone from 23 yards out.

Brad Edwards
  (2:20 PM)

Strangely enough, the offensive lines are getting the better of the defensive fronts in this OSU-Florida game.

Brad Edwards
  (2:22 PM)

Wow! Check out the South Carolina TD to end the 1st half when your game goes to halftime.

Brad Edwards
  (2:23 PM)

Connor Shaw avoided a sack as time expired and heaved one toward the end zone. Jeffery went up over everyone and caught it at the 3, then turned and dove across the goal line.

Brad Edwards
  (2:24 PM)

Nebraska outplayed South Carolina in the first half but trails 16-13 at halftime. Will be interesting to see if that swings momentum.

Brad Edwards
  (2:25 PM)

Michigan State now in trouble. Brandon Boykin 92-yard punt return makes it 16-0 Georgia. It's almost halftime, and MSU has two first downs.

Brad Edwards
  (2:27 PM)

Ohio State kicks a late 47-yd FG to cut Florida's lead to 14-10 just before half. Gators looking to set up their own Hail Mary.

Brad Edwards
  (2:28 PM)

Florida comes out of the timeout and gets a delay of game penalty.

Brad Edwards
  (2:28 PM)

Now Gators take a knee. 14-10 UF at half

Brad Edwards
  (2:33 PM)

Georgia defense looking like it did in 1st half against LSU. Spartans go to half with no points and two first downs. 16-0 Georgia leads. We'll see if the Bulldogs play better defense than they did in the 2nd half against LSU.

Brad Edwards
  (2:34 PM)

This is like deja vu for the Big Ten. Last year, they went 0-5 on New Year's Day. This year, Penn State is about to lose, and Michigan State, Nebraska and Ohio State all trail at the half.

Brad Edwards
  (2:35 PM)

Huskers and Buckeyes still in good shape, though. We'll see if one or both of them can save the Big Ten.

Brad Edwards
  (2:37 PM)

Twitter question from @edistopluto: Will the SC Gcocks compete for the SEC east in 12 with all of the O players returning?

Brad Edwards
  (2:42 PM)

SC and Georgia both have a lot returning, and I think it'll come down to those two. Glad the game is moved back to October. It being in Columbia is obviously an advantage for the Gamecocks.

Brad Edwards
  (2:43 PM)

Penn State made the TicketCity Bowl momentarily interesting with a TD to cut it to 27-14, but Houston is back in the red zone.

Brad Edwards
  (2:44 PM)

@AndreasThePilot asks: if Oregon loses the Rose Bowl, how greatly will that affect its standing in 2012's preseason polls?

Brad Edwards
  (2:46 PM)

A bowl loss might make a difference of two or three spots in the preseason poll, but since Oregon theoretically would have two shots at USC next year, it probably won't matter too much.

Brad Edwards
  (2:46 PM)

South Carolina and Nebraska back to action

Jeff A. Arkansas [via mobile]

Arkansas or Kansas State, your prediction?

Brad Edwards
  (2:49 PM)

I think both teams will move the ball well, but I like Arkansas, because KSU will have a really hard time matching up with the Hogs' receivers. KSU's best chance is for Arkansas to not be motivated.

Brad Edwards
  (2:50 PM)

Nebraska has 3rd and goal on its first possession of 2nd half. South Carolina still looking thoroughly confused by Nebraska's offense.

Brad Edwards
  (2:51 PM)

Houston kicks a FG to make it 30-14 at start of 4th quarter. PSU's margin for error is now close to zero.

Brad Edwards
  (2:53 PM)

After losing yardage, Nebraska misses a 36-yard FG. South Carolina still up 16-13 early in 2nd half.

Brad Edwards
  (2:55 PM)

OSU out to midfield on first possession of 2nd half. There hasn't been nearly as much offensive ineptitude in this game as expected.

Brad Edwards
  (2:57 PM)

Rob Bolden picked again. Houston has the ball near midfield, and you can probably put a fork in this one (if you hadn't already done that at the end of the 1st quarter).

Brad Edwards
  (2:58 PM)

Florida scores another special teams TD on a blocked punt. Gators up 21-10 with 11:14 to go in the 3rd.

Brad Edwards
  (2:59 PM)

6th career blocked kick for Chris Rainey

tucker from va [via mobile]

If the big10 falls flat today do you think it will change the line for the sugar bowl and possibly have vt as a favorite

Brad Edwards
  (3:01 PM)

The ACC hasn't looked a whole lot better than the Big Ten, so it might not have as much impact as you'd think, but I wouldn't be surprised if it has some.

Brad Edwards
  (3:05 PM)

Nebraska got to midfield and has broken down with a lost yardage play and two penalties. Now 2nd and 29.

Brad Edwards
  (3:08 PM)

Four penalties on that Nebraska drive. Huskers punt South Carolina to their 30. Gamecocks up 16-13 with 4:19 left in 3rd.

Brad Edwards
  (3:09 PM)

Buckeyes get off the punt this time and down it at the Florida 10. 21-10 Gators with 7:13 left in 3rd

Brad Edwards
  (3:10 PM)

MSU picked off Georgia at midfield and has now gained two first downs to equal its first half production. Sparty not dead yet.

Brad Edwards
  (3:11 PM)

1st and goal MSU at the 8

Brad Edwards
  (3:13 PM)

Touchdown Michigan State! Going for 2

Brad Edwards
  (3:13 PM)

2-pt pass is good. Just like that, it's a one-possession game.

Brad Edwards
  (3:14 PM)

Buckeyes pick off Brantley near midfield and on the move again

Brad Edwards
  (3:16 PM)

South Carolina punts into end zone. Nebraska takes over at own 20, down 16-13 with 2:00 left in 3rd

Brad Edwards
  (3:17 PM)

Ohio State completes a slant to Posey, who fumbles. Ball kicked around a while before Gators recover and return to midfield. This game has at least been entertaining.

Brad Edwards
  (3:18 PM)

Houston still up 30-14. Down to 6 minutes remaining.

Brad Edwards
  (3:19 PM)

Nebraska facing 3rd and 15 at own 15 late in 3rd

Brad Edwards
  (3:20 PM)

Martinez sacked by Clowney at the Nebraska 9

Brad Edwards
  (3:22 PM)

Florida has it 3rd and 8 at OSU 20, leading 21-10

Brad Edwards
  (3:23 PM)

Spartans have the ball back, down 16-8, and inside UGA territory again.

Brad Edwards
  (3:24 PM)

Gators pick up the first down on a draw to Demps. 1st and goal

Brad Edwards
  (3:26 PM)

Gators 3rd and goal from the 3, as we end the 3rd quarter

Brad Edwards
  (3:27 PM)

South Carolina just dropped a TD pass. Shaw hit Smith in the end zone, and a Nebraska DB dislodged the ball before he hit the ground. Great defensive play!

Brad Edwards
  (3:28 PM)

Now South Carolina holds on a 3rd down play and is pushed to 3rd and long on the edge of FG range.

Brad Edwards
  (3:29 PM)

Gamecocks convert 3rd and 18! First down at the Nebraska 11

Brad Edwards
  (3:30 PM)

Gators 4th and goal inside the 1

Brad Edwards
  (3:30 PM)

TD Gamecocks!

Brad Edwards
  (3:31 PM)

Gators settle for a FG. Kind of surprised by that move, but I guess Muschamp figures OSU probably can't score two TD in 4th quarter.

Brad Edwards
  (3:31 PM)

South Carolina now up 23-13. Florida up 24-10. Both games early 4th quarter.

Brad Edwards
  (3:33 PM)

Michigan State scored again on an interception return TD and missed the 2-pointer, so UGA leads 16-14. UGA fans must be thinking about the SEC Championship Game again, as they sit on the verge of collapse after a dominant defensive first half.

Brad Edwards
  (3:35 PM)

Penn State turns it over on downs with 44 seconds left. Houston will win, 30-14.

Brad Edwards
  (3:39 PM)

Late in the 3rd quarter, there was some shoving and punching between Alshon Jeffery and Alphonso Dennard. It appears both were ejected from the game. Not sure that helps or hurts either team more. Both are great players.

ashley-travelers rest [via mobile]

Watching the s.car v. Nebraska game. Jeffrey did not throw any punches so y was he ejected from the game? And y is Nebraska's player still on the sidelines?

Brad Edwards
  (3:41 PM)

You're right. Jeffery didn't throw any punches. Dennard tried to throw two, but missed on both, fortunately for him, because he would've punched facemask.

Brad Edwards
  (3:43 PM)

Nebraska just punted back to South Carolina. Gamecocks at own 28, leading 23-13 with 9:30 to go.

Brad Edwards
  (3:44 PM)

Case Keenum finished (unofficially) 45-69 for 532 yards and 3 TD. That'll put a dent in those lofty pass defense stats for Penn State.

Brad Edwards
  (3:45 PM)

Gators have the ball back and trying to milk clock, up 24-10 under 9 minutes to play.

Brad Edwards
  (3:47 PM)

Michigan State back at midfield. Georgia's offense hasn't done much, aside from one 80-yard pass. If Sparty can take the lead, Bulldogs are in trouble.

Brad Edwards
  (3:48 PM)

Huge pick by UGA near midfield! Returned inside the MSU 20.

Brad Edwards
  (3:50 PM)

Bulldogs playing it very conservatively and seem to be thinking FG. Richt must trust his defense (and his kicker).

Beau(Tuscaloosa, AL) [via mobile]

Do you think it will still be considered an awful bowl season for the big 10 if they can win the BCS games and lose the rest?

Brad Edwards
  (3:51 PM)

If they win both BCS games, most of the rest will be forgotten.

Sam Alabama [via mobile]

Will fsu be a powerhouse next year?

Brad Edwards
  (3:52 PM)

In the ACC, they sure should be. They have to stay healthy, though. I'm interested to see how Clemson maintains momentum.

Brad Edwards
  (3:53 PM)

UGA made the FG and leads 19-14 with 9:58 to play.

Brad Edwards
  (3:55 PM)

Very nice tight end screen on first play puts MSU first and goal at UGA 9

Brad Edwards
  (3:57 PM)

For such a low-scoring game, there have been a ton of big plays in this Outback Bowl.

Brad Edwards
  (4:00 PM)

Spartans score! Another 2-pt conversion coming.

Brad Edwards
  (4:02 PM)

Two-pointer failed. 20-19, MSU. If Georgia has learned anything in the last two games, it's that they don't have the mental toughness of champions.

Brad Edwards
  (4:02 PM)

Will be interesting to see if Georgia has a better response to adversity than it had in the SEC title game.

Brad Edwards
  (4:06 PM)

South Carolina tacks on another TD to ice the game. Gamecocks up 30-13 with 1:17 to play.

Brad Edwards
  (4:07 PM)

How's that for a response by UGA?

Brad Edwards
  (4:09 PM)

A huge day by Tavarres King! A 53-yard catch and run to get the team in scoring range, then a 13-yard pass to Boykin on 3rd and long. UGA then gets the 2-pt conversion. Up 27-20 with 6:41 to go. Can Sparty answer again?

Brad Edwards
  (4:10 PM)

South Carolina and Florida both take a knee. Gators win, 24-17. Gamecocks win, 30-13.

Brad Edwards
  (4:11 PM)

And here comes Sparty across midfield again after some nice trickeration on an end-around pass.

Brad Edwards
  (4:12 PM)

Another first down by MSU moves it inside the UGA 40. Great fight by Sparty.

d-kong [via mobile]

Sec straight up dominating. And theres actually people to argue whether bama and lsu are truly #1 and #2?

Brad Edwards
  (4:14 PM)

The Big 12 is having a great bowl season, too. Between those two conferences, only Vanderbilt and Iowa State have lost in the bowl season. If Oklahoma State wins tonight, then Arkansas vs Kansas State in the Cotton will have a fun storyline.

L Frink (Arizona) [via mobile]

Will Urban Meyer b able 2 motivate the Bucks nxt season since OSU is banned from any post-season play?

Brad Edwards
  (4:15 PM)

Ohio State will get a lot better offensively, and Meyer will do well. He'll make Braxton Miller a Heisman candidate before he's done.

Brad Edwards
  (4:16 PM)

Maybe Georgia needed me to question their mental toughness in the SEC Championship Game. They just picked off Michigan State and have the ball back.

Brad Edwards
  (4:17 PM)

Twitter question from @ChrisLeber: who will be the difference maker in the Rose Bowl?

Brad Edwards
  (4:19 PM)

Both teams should be able to run the ball effectively for most of the game. I think the winner will be the team with the QB who's able to convert key 3rd downs to keep drives alive. I won't be surprised if it takes 40 points to win it.

Brad Edwards
  (4:20 PM)

Michigan State with a big pass interference penalty while defending 3rd and 3. First down for UGA with 3:30 to go. Spartans down to 1 timeout remaining.

Brad Edwards
  (4:23 PM)

Another reminder: Big Ten went 0-5 last New Year's Day (0-3 vs SEC and lost Rose Bowl). Big Ten is 0-3 today with MSU down 7 to UGA and Wisconsin coming up next in the Rose Bowl.

Brad Edwards
  (4:24 PM)

Speaking of the Rose, if you like Oregon's uniforms, you're going to love today's helmets. You may even like these helmets if you normally hate the Ducks' unis.

Brad Edwards
  (4:25 PM)

Georgia punts back to MSU. Spartans take over at own 15, down 7 with 1:55 to play. No timeouts remaining

Brad Edwards
  (4:26 PM)

Completion to Nichol out to the 30. 1:40 to go

Brad Edwards
  (4:27 PM)

B.J. Cunningham crosses midfield on a reception and almost broke it. Defender grabbed him by the ankle.

Brad Edwards
  (4:28 PM)

Cousins tucks and runs inside the Georgia 20. Still 48 seconds to go.

Brad Edwards
  (4:28 PM)

Complete to Nichol to the 12. Out of bounds.

Brad Edwards
  (4:29 PM)

Fade to the pylon incomplete. 3rd and 4 from the 12

Brad Edwards
  (4:31 PM)

An apparent TD pass by MSU will be reviewed. Looks like his knee hit before he crossed the line. Will be 1st and goal from the 1, but MSU has no timeouts left and may be afraid to run it.

Brad Edwards
  (4:32 PM)

Gruden on the TV color is loving him some Kirk Cousins right now

Brad Edwards
  (4:33 PM)

UGA stuffs Bell on 1st and goal but gets a facemask call on his second effort. That'll stop the clock. We'll see if MSU tries to run again. Clock at 26.

Brad Edwards
  (4:35 PM)

Timeout UGA ... MSU ball, 1st and goal, barely inside the 1. No timeouts left for Sparty, and 26 seconds to go.

Brad Edwards
  (4:35 PM)

Pass incomplete. Receiver was open and throw off target. 22 seconds

Brad Edwards
  (4:36 PM)

Offside UGA ... This is daring MSU to run again

Brad Edwards
  (4:36 PM)

Bell hit in the backfield but takes it in with the second effort. TD Spartans!

Brad Edwards
  (4:37 PM)

MSU is 1-3 on 2-pt conversions, so they kick the PAT. Snap bounced before reaching the holder. Spartans breathe a sigh of relief.

Justin, Oklahoma [via mobile]

How do you the Fiesta Bowl will play out? I'm sure it will be a high scoring game, that will come down to turnovers. Who ever wins the turnover battle I believe will win the game! Do u agree?

Brad Edwards
  (4:38 PM)

Agree. But I also think Stanford is more likely to turn it over. Luck has thrown at least one INT in 5 straight games.

Brad Edwards
  (4:39 PM)

Looks like UGA will take a knee and send this to OT. The Rose Bowl waits!

Brad Edwards
  (4:44 PM)

OT is intriguing here, because neither team has run the ball very well today. If anything, I give the edge to MSU because of offensive momentum from that last drive and for being a little better in the short passing game.

Brad Edwards
  (4:44 PM)

MSU gets the ball first

Brad Edwards
  (4:45 PM)

Bell carries for 3. 2nd and 7 at the 22

Brad Edwards
  (4:45 PM)

Miscommunication on a pass route, as Cousins was under pressure. 3rd and 7

Brad Edwards
  (4:46 PM)

Georgia intercepts!

Brad Edwards
  (4:48 PM)

Rambo had the pick, and a penalty on UGA on the return means nothing. UGA ball at the 25. A score wins it.

Brad Edwards
  (4:50 PM)

Thomas runs for 2 on first down, then Murray runs to the middle and takes a knee on 2nd down.

Brad Edwards
  (4:50 PM)

Walsh on for 42-yard FG. Very curious decision by Richt to not try to get closer.

Brad Edwards
  (4:51 PM)

It's only 3rd down, so if it's a bad snap, they have another try if it's not kicked.

Brad Edwards
  (4:51 PM)

Wide right!

Brad Edwards
  (4:52 PM)

Richt will have a hard time explaining that after the game. Even if you had the nation's best kicker, how do you settle for a 42-yard FG?

Brad Edwards
  (4:54 PM)

UGA ball again at 25 to start 2nd OT. Murray nearly connects with Mitchell for a TD on first play. Pass interference could've been called.

Brad Edwards
  (4:54 PM)

False start by UGA.

Brad Edwards
  (4:55 PM)

Murray scrambles out of bounds for no gain. 3rd and 15 at the 30

Brad Edwards
  (4:56 PM)

Incomplete. Will Walsh be more accurate from 47 yards?

Brad Edwards
  (4:57 PM)

Kick started out right and hooked in at the last moment. UGA up 30-27. MSU ball at 25.

Brad Edwards
  (4:59 PM)

Cousins complete to Martin. Looks like his knee hit when he caught it, then he ran for 5 more yards. Will probably be 2nd and 2 from the 17 after this review.

Brad Edwards
  (5:00 PM)

Call it 2nd and 3

Brad Edwards
  (5:00 PM)

Play fake, and all receivers were covered. Cousins throws it out of bounds.

Brad Edwards
  (5:01 PM)

3rd and 3 from the 18

Brad Edwards
  (5:01 PM)

Cousins gets blitzed and throws it away under pressure. MSU must make this FG to keep the game going.

Brad Edwards
  (5:02 PM)

Timeout UGA. They must be aware of MSU's propensity to fake kicks.

Brad Edwards
  (5:03 PM)

35-yard attempt is good. We go to a 3rd OT!

Brad Edwards
  (5:04 PM)

Teams must attempt a 2-pt conversion if anyone scores a TD, although it's hard to imagine both teams scoring a TD to make that relevant.

Brad Edwards
  (5:04 PM)

MSU has it first to start the 3rd OT. Game tied at 30.

Brad Edwards
  (5:05 PM)

Cousins incomplete. Ogletree jumped the route and almost intercepted.

Brad Edwards
  (5:06 PM)

Bell hit three yards in the backfield and pulls a defender for a gain of three yards. 3rd and 7

Brad Edwards
  (5:06 PM)

Timeout Spartans

Brad Edwards
  (5:07 PM)

This has been a great game. Lots of big plays in regulation. If you missed it and get a chance to watch this on ESPNU or Classic, it'll be worth your time.

Brad Edwards
  (5:08 PM)

Bell leaks out, and Cousins hits him for a first down. 1st and 10 at UGA 13

Brad Edwards
  (5:08 PM)

Call it the 14

Brad Edwards
  (5:08 PM)

Bell carries defenders for six yards. 2nd and 4

Brad Edwards
  (5:09 PM)

Bell for 2. 3rd and 2 at the 6

Brad Edwards
  (5:10 PM)

Martin was wide open in the flat. Cousins threw it high, and Martin dropped it. 4th and 2

Brad Edwards
  (5:10 PM)

Conroy hits the FG, but delay of game on MSU. Rekick

Brad Edwards
  (5:11 PM)

Kick started out left and sliced inside the upright. MSU leads 33-30. UGA ball

Brad Edwards
  (5:12 PM)

Incomplete on 1st down. Not even sure who that was intended for.

Brad Edwards
  (5:13 PM)

Pass nearly picked across the middle. 3rd and 10

Brad Edwards
  (5:14 PM)

Murray sacked. Looking like another 47-yarder

Brad Edwards
  (5:14 PM)

Blocked! Huge win by MSU. Showed a lot of heart to keep fighting back.

Brad Edwards
  (5:15 PM)

Kick was low and blocked at the line of scrimmage.

Brad Edwards
  (5:16 PM)

Georgia made a lot of plays, too, but in the end, they finished 10-4, having lost to the only four quality teams they played all season. Richt will continue to be questioned for this one.

Brad Edwards
  (5:17 PM)

Rose Bowl is under way. Wisconsin scores on its opening drive.

Brad Edwards
  (5:17 PM)

I'm out of here and going home to watch these last two games. Thanks to those who spent your day with me.

Josh Barbarotta
  (5:18 PM)

Thank YOU Brad. And a big thanks to everyone who wrote in today and chatted all day long. Enjoy the Rose Bowl and the Fiesta and don't forget to check Bowl Bound for highlights, news and analysis tonight and for the rest of the bowl season!