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January 3, 2008
GMAC Bowl: Bowling Green vs. Tulsa
WHERE: Ladd Peebles Stadium, Mobile, Ala.
WEATHER: Partly cloudy, about 63.
TV: ESPN (Bob Wischusen will do play-by-play, with Andre Ware as the analyst).
THE LINE: Tulsa by 4.5.
RECORDS VS. BOWL TEAMS: Bowling Green 0-2, Tulsa 2-3.
RECORD VS. BCS TOP 25: Bowling Green 0-1, Tulsa 1-1.
BCS RANK: Bowling Green T-41st, Tulsa 40th.
SCHEDULE STRENGTH: Bowling Green 115th, Tulsa 84th.
COACHES: Bowling Green - Gregg Brandon (2-0 in bowls); Tulsa - Todd Graham (0-1 in bowls).
WHY YOU SHOULD WATCH: It's the penultimate game of the season, and, frankly, that should make you sad. At the same time, this isn't exactly an important game, though it has the potential to have a ton of points.
KEEP AN EYE ON: Tulsa QB Paul Smith might have a plain name, but he has been anything but plain on the field. He has an excellent chance to finish the season with 5,000 yards passing and 45 TDs.
The next-to-last bowl of the season may well end up being the longest bowl of the season.
Bowling Green meets Tulsa in the GMAC Bowl in Mobile, Ala., on Sunday, and you can expect to see a lot of points and very little defense. A four-hour game seems about right.
Tulsa is trying to become the first team in NCAA history with a 5,000-yard passer, a 1,000-yard rusher and three 1,000-yard receivers. The Golden Hurricane already have the 1,000-yard rusher (Tarrion Adams) and two 1,000-yard receivers (Trae Johnson and Brennan Marion). Quarterback Paul Smith is 247 yards shy of the passing total, and freshman H-back Charles Clay is 45 yards shy of the receiving total.
In 2001, Fresno State had a 4,000-yard passer (David Carr), a 1,000-yard rusher (Paris Gaines) and two 1,000-yard receivers (Bernard Berrian and Rodney Wright). But no one has come close to what Tulsa can accomplish.
While not as prolific as Tulsa, Bowling Green has been good on offense, as well. The Falcons average 416.9 yards and 32.1 points per game. Neither team is that good on defense: Bowling Green allows 413.0 yards and 29.5 points per game, and Tulsa surrenders 469.0 yards and 35.4 points per game.
The good offense/bad defense combination has led to Vegas oddsmakers setting the over-under on this game at 76.5 points, the highest of the bowl season.
"I don't think the score is going to be 3-0," Bowling Green coach Gregg Brandon said jokingly when asked what he expected.
Mike Huguenin is the college sports editor for Rivals.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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