Tag:New Orleans Bowl
Posted on: April 28, 2011 2:09 pm
 

New Orleans Bowl to be Dec. 17

Posted by J. Darin Darst

It looks like Saturday, Dec. 17 will be the first day of the bowl season as the New Orleans Bowl officially announced their game to be held at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN. 

As usual, the game will feature the No. 1 selection from the Sun Belt against a Conference USA team.

Bowl Chairman Ron Gardner expressed his enthusiasm for keeping the game on Saturday night, "We always enjoy when the date of our Bowl game allows fans and visitors to enjoy the entire experience of a New Orleans weekend with family and friends right before Christmas. We want everyone to be able to take advantage of what we have to offer as a City that thrives on hospitality and entertainment."

The Humanitarian Bowl in Boise, Idaho will also be on Dec. 17, but the time has not been announced. Check out the complete 2011-12 bowl schedule.

Posted on: December 19, 2010 1:18 am
 

Bowl Grades: New Orleans Bowl

Posted by Adam Jacobi

Final score: Troy 48, Ohio 21

Troy

Offense: How good was the Troy offense? QB Corey Robinson was 21-27 for 262 yards, four touchdowns, and no interceptions. Um, that was at the half. Troy led at the break 38-7, and scored on every possession until the fourth quarter. Jerrel Jernigan and Tebiarus Gill combined for all five of Troy's touchdowns, and eventually combined for 144 yards from scrimmage. The Trojans would eventually register 602 yards from scrimmage, even after the reserves found their way onto the field. This is an easier A than Geology 101. Grade: A+

Defense: The Trojans did give up 21 points, but allowed only 99 yards on 30 rushes and four first downs on 12 third down conversion attempts. Ohio's offense was mostly stifled while the game was in any semblance of doubt. An interception by Jimmy Anderson in Troy territory set the tone for the game, and the Trojans never looked back. Grade: B

Coaching: Larry Blankeny put his team in a position to win by playing to his team's strengths. The Trojan offense is fast-paced and designed to highlight Robinson's accuracy, and the playcalling put the ball in Jernigan's hands in a variety of ways; Jernigan's first touchdown came out of a keeper from the Wildcat formation, and Jernigan would finish with three rushes on the day. Blankeny had his team fired up for the game, and the difference in effort was readily apparent throughout the first half -- at which point the game was pretty well decided. Grade: A

Ohio

Offense: The Ohio offense features a two-headed attack at quarterback; Boo Jackson is the better passer, while Phil Bates is the more athletic ball-carrier. Bates, in fact, threw one pass for the entire game; it was the Anderson interception on Ohio's second play from scrimmage mentioned earlier. So while Jackson threw for over 200 yards and three touchdowns, almost none of it came in a first half that saw precisely one possession achieve a first down. Grade: D

Defense: The Bobcats did not play defense. Grade: INCOMPLETE

Coaching: What Frank Solich was thinking by staying conservative in the first half, even as Troy was running the Bobcats out of the Superdome, is beyond us. During the first two plays of each of the Bobcats' first half possessions, the Bobcats ran on 10 of 13 plays (the final drive of the half was one play long); those 10 rushes resulted in 10 yards and no first downs. Sure, the passing was 1-3 for six yards and an interception, but the message from Solich was clear: he had a formula, and he was sticking to it. It was a very ill-advised message to send, as it put Ohio out of any position to win. Grade: F

Final Grade

It would be unfair to give a failing grade to a game that featured such a well-functioning offense in the first three quarters AND a surprise giant manbeard courtesy of punter Will Goggans (above) in the fourth. There were aspects of the game that were fun to watch, even though the endgame drama had been sucked out of the Superdome by the end of the Trojans' fourth possession. Jerrel Jernigan is going to get a chance to succeed in the NFL, and we hope he makes the most of it; embarrassing the Ohio defense isn't exactly difficult to do, but he was the most athletic player on the field all the same, and some of the moves he made in stride were Sunday-worthy. It's just a shame that between the television audience and the laughably sparse Superdome crowd, probably under 100,000 people actually got to watch him. Still, this game was as anti-climactic as the first two, so we must grade sternly so as to send a message to the rest of the bowls: this will not do. Grade: D-

Posted on: December 19, 2010 12:16 am
Edited on: December 19, 2010 4:11 am
 

PHOTOS: Troy's punter has greatest beard ever

Posted by Adam Jacobi

Let's face it, it takes a "special" kind of person to stay watching a game like the New Orleans Bowl -- a 48-21 thumping by Troy over Ohio -- a couple minutes before midnight on the last Saturday before Christmas. Yet those who stayed with the game were rewarded when Troy punter Will Goggans finally got his shot at uncorking a punt in the fourth quarter (Troy had scored on every single possession before then). Goggans' punt was downed at the 1-yard line, which was cool to see in and of itself, but HOLY HOLY HOLY THAT BEARD:

According to announcers, Goggans has been growing the beard for the entire year in preparation for his role in a play as Santa Claus. Well, that's as good a reason as any to grow a beard. They also mentioned that Goggans would be shaving the beard in a few days after the play is done, and perhaps the women in his life would prefer he do so, but we must strenuously disagree with that decision. That's the finest beard in college football. He makes Adrian Clayborn look like an 8th grader with a crustache. May the beard live forever.


Posted on: December 16, 2010 12:04 pm
 

CBS Bowl Bonanza: New Orleans Bowl

Posted by Chip Patterson

Why You Should Watch: As opposed to other early bowls, where teams occasionally enter the bowl feeling as though they did not reach their expectations on the season, the R and L Carriers New Orleans Bowl carries immense weight to both teams involved. Troy, making their third New Orleans Bowl appearance in the last five years, will be looking to finish the season strong after clinching a share of the Sun Belt Conference Championship. Ohio has yet to capture their first bowl win, and will be making their fifth postseason attempt in the Superdome. Last season, the Bobcats fell 21-17 to Marshall in the Little Caeser's Pizza Bowl. This will be the first time in school history the team has been to bowl games in back-to-back years. Much of that can be credited to a familiar face on the Ohio sideline: head coach Frank Solich. Solich, of Nebraska football fame. So even if you are failing to find a reason to fall in love with the matchup, it is at least worth a watch for the "Where are they now?" factor.

Keys To Victory for Troy: Troy will be able to create offensive opportunities with their high-powered spread scheme, but with 15 interceptions on the season, freshman quarterback Corey Robinson can be a liability for the Trojans. The responsibility will fall on their rushing game to keep the Ohio secondary honest. The three-man attack of DuJuan Harris, Shawn Southward, and Chris Anderson will try and utilize seams opened by the spread attack to balance the offense. That will hopefully leave dangerous slot receiver Jerrel Jernigan an opportunity to get the ball in open field - where he has the best chance to hurt the Bearcats.

Keys To Victory for Ohio: Ohio ranks just outside the top 10 nationally with 17 interceptions on the season, and that secondary will be looking to take advantage of the interception-prone Robinson. Additionally, the offensive line will need to provide quarterback Boo Jackson with protection against Troy's front four. If the Trojans line can penetrate into the backfield and disrupt the timing of Jackson's reads, they will be masking their greatest weakness: the run. The Bobcats have utilize a lot of different rushers out of the Pistol formation, and if they can keep Troy on their heels they can dictate the pace of the game. Jackson has shown the ability to manage games well, but he cannot be counted on to play catch up with the deep ball. Ohio needs to avoid an early deficit to keep the game close.

The New Orleans Bowl is like: A surprisingly good appetizer. Sure, you ordered the artichoke dip because you nothing on the menu jumped out at you and you figured "why not?" The night cap on the first day of the bowl season may seem like it has a "why not" feel. But then once you dig in you find it to be surprisingly pleasing, so much that you wonder why you ever imagined skipping the course at all. Troy and Ohio both have plenty of reason to be fired up to finish their season in the Superdome, and they match up well enough to promise a close game. Many of the athletes on these teams may have been just one or two notches away from big-time football, don't think that running onto the field in New Orleans won't have that fell for them.

Posted on: December 7, 2010 11:48 am
Edited on: December 7, 2010 11:59 am
 

Which bowls have the best swag?

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Coaches and players love going to a bowl game.  For coaches it's always nice to have a bowl appearance on the resume, even if there are 400 of them, plus it gives them the chance to hold a few more practices with their team, and there's nothing coaches like more than practice time.  For the players, bowl games are a reward for a hard season, and though some destinations are better than others -- oh boy!  Detroit in December! -- at least those players know that wherever they go, they're going to get some free stuff.

Everybody loves free stuff.  I have t-shirts in my closet that I never wear, but I keep them because I got them for free. You never know when you'll have to paint your house or apartment, and it's always nice to have one of those free shirts around for such an occasion.

Nice as free shirts are, though, going to a bowl game gets you a lot better swag than just a shirt, and thanks to the Sports Business Journal, we can see what every bowl is giving to the players.  I perused the list and came up with some of the best that each game has to offer.

Unfortunately, a lot of the bowl games list "gift suite" as something they're giving to the players, which isn't very specific.  Essentially what it means is that players are taken into a suite filled with all sorts of cool stuff, and they're allowed to pick and choose what they'd like.  All the BCS bowls list these gift suites, and since those bowls make a ton of money, I would think that they're pretty good.

As for the bowls that list exactly what they're giving away, you could do a lot worse than going to the Alamo Bowl.

This year Oklahoma State and Arizona players will be going home with an XBox 360 Kinect, a giftcard to Gamestop, some headphones, an iPod shuffle, Fossil watch -- if you watch Jersey Shore, you know what happens when somebody gives you a Fossil watch -- a mini helmet and a panoramic team photo.  All that and you get to see the Alamo and pretend you're Davy Crockett.

Other bowls, like the Capital One Bowl, aren't quite sure what the players will want, as it knows that differnet people have different tastes.  That's why instead of specific gifts, Alabama and Michigan State players will all get a watch from the Timely Watch Co. and a $420 gift certificate to Best Buy.

All in all, just about every bowl game is going to give you a watch and some free clothes, so no matter where you end up, odds are you'll be leaving with something nice.

Still, some are worse than others.  Which bowls would I least like to end up in?  Well, the R+L Carrier New Orleans Bowl only gives you an iPod touch and a Balfour ring.  Well, I already have an iPod, and I don't wear jewelry, so I appreciate the sentiment, but step your game up.  The New Mexico Bowl gives away some nice stuff, though I'm not sure what I want with the "pen in box" or the Christmas ornament.

As for the Sun Bowl giving Notre Dame and Miami players a Helen of Troy hair dryer, well, I'm sure that will come in handy.

Then there are the bowl games who won't play along, and like to keep their gifts a secret.  This means one of two things, the gifts either suck, or they're really awesome.  One of these bowls is the New Era Pinstripe Bowl, which I'm guessing will feature either a fitted Yankees hat, or $100 million dollars.

Of course, these are just my tastes, I have no idea what you're in to.  Feel free to peruse the entire list and let us know in the comments which bowls you'd like to play in.
Posted on: November 27, 2010 7:14 pm
Edited on: November 27, 2010 8:39 pm
 

FIU makes school history, wins Sun Belt

By J. Darin Darst

Ask a Florida Gators fan what its like to be 7-5. Or a Miami Hurricanes fan if they feel good with their team at 7-5.

Now ask an FIU fan (if you can find one), how it feels to be 6-5 today?

I'll tell you -- It feels FANTASTIC. Why? Because with FIU's victory over Arkansas State, the Golden Panthers won the Sun Belt and are headed to a bowl game for the first time in school history.

We won't be running through the streets of Miami celebrating or racing online to purchase New Orleans Bowl tickets, but it's nice to know the school you currently go to or graduated from is finally going to a bowl game. Not everybody in the Sun Belt can say that.

I would venture to guess most of the 42,000+ students had no idea FIU was playing for a bowl game today. But that's ok, I knew. And as a proud graduate (class of 1996), I'll be one of the first to get my "FIU: New Orleans Bowl" t-shirts that go on sale in a couple of weeks.

You see, Florida International is a commuter school in West Miami. It's one of the largest universities in the nation, but only 3,000 students live on campus. When I went to school there in the mid 1990s, the enrollment was in the 20,000 and it was basically -- drive to school, go to class, get in your car and drive home.

The football team started in 2002 and before this year, the best season was 5-6. FIU has never beaten a BCS team and its most impressive victory was probably beating Toledo on the road in 2008.

That all changed this year -- when FIU won at Troy 52-35. After that win, a bowl game was in grasp. All it had to do was win two of the final three games of the year. And it did!

So now we are probably headed to the New Orleans Bowl to play either Southern Miss, East Carolina, UTEP or another C-USA team.

GO GOLDEN PANTHERS!

 
 
 
 
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