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Chick-fil-A Bowl

Published on December 31, 2011 by   ·   2 Comments

chick-fil-a-bowl-logoThe Chick-fil-A Bowl is more often remembered as the Peach Bowl, but the sponsor Chick-fil-A has now removed Peach from the name of the Bowl game back in 2006. This bowl game is the ninth oldest in college football and features the No. 2 ACC school against an SEC opponent. That matchup this year is a good one as last year’s NCAA champion Auburn Tigers (7-5) are set to battle against the Virginia Cavaliers (8-4).

The Chick-fil-A Bowl has been played in the Georgia Dome in Atlanta since Chick-fil-A took over the sponsor of the Peach Bowl in 1991. It is the only bowl game to be played in the state of Georgia.

Kickoff for this year’s matchup will be on Friday, December 31 at 7:30PM ET. You can watch this game on ESPN or listen live on ESPN Radio station across the country.

Auburn is obviously not the same team that they were last year, when they had Cam Newton and Nick Fairley dominating the championship game. The Tigers don’t have the offensive firepower this year to blow past teams.

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Even more concerning is that Auburn rank in the bottom third of the nation in both scoring offense and defense. When they played good offensive teams, they did not fair well at all. They were blown out against 5 of the 7 good teams that they played this season.

Virginia was one of the biggest surprises in the nation. The Cavaliers were a perennial doormat of the ACC for much of the past decade. The one thing that they have going against them is that they are not a prolific offense, so they will have to win a close game against Auburn.

Take a look at the non-conference schedule of Virginia. They barely beat Indiana and Idaho. Their wins against the ACC’s elite were all very close games. However, with a trip to the ACC Championship on the line, Virginia laid an egg at home against Virginia Tech getting shut out 38-0.

All of this information points towards Auburn winning this game. That is why they play the game!

Prediction

I’m starting to come back down to earth on my picks. I am 1-3 so far today. Texas A&M avoided another 2nd half collapse, but Georgia Tech did not. They lost a 14 point lead in the 4th quarter and lost in OT. Illinois finally found some offense and my only win was Cincinnati.

I’m going with the underdog yet again, which may cost me yet again. It would be very easy to keep picking the favorites, and this year I would be doing incredibly well if I had done so. But, it isn’t very imaginative and it feels more satisfying to call an upset. Auburn may very well win the game, but I am predicting that Virginia will win with the score 24-17.

2010 Chick-fil-A Bowl

Previous Bowl Results

Since the SEC and ACC agreed to tie-ins with this bowl game in 1992, both sides have won 9 games each. The average margin of victory over that time is less than 10 points. An interesting side note to this, neither Florida State or South Carolina have played in the Peach/Chick-fil-A Bowl.

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South Carolina lost last year in the PapaJohns.com Bowl to the UConn Huskies 20-7, both teams were 7-5 going into the matchup. South Carolina has not done well over the years in bowl games, only putting up a 4-11 all-time bowl record.

Florida State is phoenix back on the rise since Bobby Bowden left. The Seminoles (6-6) upset West Virginia (9-3) last year in the Gator Bowl 33-21. They have been getting better ever since. FSU has an all-time bowl record of 22-14-2.

Chick-fil-A Bowl Breakdown

RecordsFSU: 9-4; USC: 9-4
All Time Bowl RecordFSU: 22-14-2; USC: 4-11
Key WinsFSU: BYU 34-10, Miami 45-17, Florida 31-7; USC: Alabama 35-21, Florida 36-14, Clemson 29-7
Key LossesFSU: Oklahoma 47-17, North Carolina 37-35, Virginia Tech 44-33; USC: Auburn 35-27, Kentucky 31-28, Auburn 56-17

Both of these teams come into this game ranked. South Carolina is #20 and Florida State is ranked #23. Florida State has played well with a couple of close conference losses on their record. They played horribly in a game early in the year on the road at Oklahoma.

South Carolina had several good wins over ranked teams such as Georgia, Florida and #1 Alabama. They played two different Auburn teams early on in the season and in the SEC Championship game.

Points For/GameFSU: 31.8; USC: 32.0
Points Against/GameFSU: 19.8; USC: 22.9
Offensive Yards/GameFSU: 387; USC: 391

These teams are nearly identical statistically to each other. Florida State’s defense holds teams to an average under 20 points.

Like a lot of the Peach/Chick-fil-A Bowls in the past, this matchup is very good and can definitely go either way.

Prediction

Since I’ve had such a sterling record with picking these close games recently (cough), it doesn’t much really matter who I think is going to win this one, because the opposite will probably happen. Steve Spurrier has to be pretty familiar with his old rivals at FSU. Both teams lost their chance at making it to a BCS bowl by losing their conference championship games.

I’m going to make this easy and take Florida State to win the game 31-27.

Bowl Game Results

From the blind squirrel finds a nut category. Hurray! Back to .500 again as I actually pick one right for a change. Florida State wins 26-17. Now lets keep this going into New Year’s Day.

2010 Bowl Record – 11-11

Highlights from Previous Peach Bowls

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Readers Comments (2)

  1. […] Tennessee has seen a lot of bowl action in the past, accumulating a 25-23 bowl record all-time. They too lost their bowl game last year, a 37-14 blowout to against the much higher ranked Virginia Tech Hokies (9-3) in the Chick-fil-A Bowl. […]

  2. […] Tech is on a two bowl winning streak. The Hokies (9-3) won the 2009 Chick-fil-A Bowl 37-14 against the Tennessee Volunteers (7-5). Virginia Tech has made a bowl game every year since […]




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