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TicketCity Bowl

Published on January 2, 2012 by   ·   No Comments

ticket-city-bowl-logoThe TicketCity Bowl is a brand new bowl game that is played at the Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas, Texas. The game was created as a replacement game form the famed stadium, which lost the Cotton Bowl to the New Cowboys Stadium. The Cotton Bowl Stadium has hosted the second most bowl games only behind the Rose Bowl.

The TicketCity Bowl was originally going to be called the Dallas Football Classic, but changed names when the online ticket swapping website claimed the title sponsor. This game will feature the Houston Cougars (12-1) from Conference USA against the Penn State Nittany Lions (9-3) from the Big 10.

Kickoff for this game will be Noon ET on New Year’s Day. This will be the first of six games played on January 1st. You can watch this game on ESPNU.

I originally had picked Penn State in this game. This is going to be one of the few bowl games that I will change my mind. Penn State’s starting quarterback is out for this bowl game. They already were facing a tough opponent on the road in hostile territory with all of the baggage that surrounds the Nittany Lions for the past couple of months.

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Having a backup quarterback on a team that already had a mediocre offense is going to be the nail in the coffin to Penn State’s chances in this bowl game. They are going to heavily rely on their defense to stop the potent passing game of Houston. Simply put, if Houston can put up more than 17 points in the game, they are going to win.

Prediction

This game won’t be low scoring enough for Penn State to win. I now have Houston running away with this game with the final score of 31-13.


2010 TicketCity Bowl

Previous Bowl Results

This is the inaugural TicketCity Bowl. Unfortunately, Northwestern will not be at full strength with their starting QB, Dan Persa, out for the year with a ruptured achilles.

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Northwestern put up a good fight against Auburn last year in the Outback bowl, but Auburn came away with the win 38-35 in overtime. The Wildcats have only won 1 bowl game in their history.

Texas Tech won their bowl game last year, a 41-31 win over Michigan State in the Alamo Bowl. Their bowl record is not very good overall at 11-21-1.

TicketCity Bowl Breakdown

RecordsTexas Tech: 7-5; Northwestern: 7-5
All Time Bowl RecordTexas Tech: 11-21-1; Northwestern: 1-7
Key WinsTexas Tech: SMU 35-27, Baylor 45-38, Missouri 24-17; Northwestern: Iowa 21-17
Key LossesTexas Tech: Texas 24-14, Oklahoma State 34-17, Oklahoma 45-7; Northwestern: Michigan State 35-27, Wisconsin 70-23, Illinois 48-27

Northwestern seemed to be turning the corner when they beat a ranked Iowa team, but their starting QB went out for the year in this game. Since that, they have lost two games badly and have missed Persa’s leadership.

The only really good win this year for the Red Raiders was a 7 point home win to a ranked Missouri. Other then that, they have been an average Big 12 team.

Points For/GameTexas Tech: 32.1; Northwestern: 25.4
Points Against/GameTexas Tech: 30.3; Northwestern: 27.7
Offensive Yards/GameTexas Tech: 452.5; Northwestern: 392.5

Texas Tech’s offense and passing game are always going to be good. Northwestern’s defense has proven to be a liability since their QB went down. Giving up 70 points to Wisconsin is not the mark of a good team with or without your starting QB.

Prediction

If Dan Persa was healthy and playing, I would give some serious consideration to Northwestern on winning this game. As it is, the Wildcats are a different team without him and they don’t stand a whole lot of chance of winning.

I’m going to pick Texas Tech to win the game 41-24.

Bowl Game Results

Northwestern put up a better battle than I thought they would. This is becoming a familiar theme with the Wildcats. They are playing above their talent level and almost complete the comeback; but Texas Tech still wins 45-38.

2010 Bowl Record – 12-11

Previous TicketCity Bowl

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