Posted December 27th, 2007 by Brian
Filed under: Bowls, Football

2007 Holiday Bowl
Arizona State #11 Arizona State (10-2)
vs. #19 Texas (9-3)
Dec. 27, 7:00 p.m. (ESPN)
Texas

One of the biggest games of the 2007-08 bowl season, the [tag]Holiday Bowl[/tag] features the 19th ranked Texas Longhorns facing off against the 11th ranked [tag]Arizona State[/tag] Sun Devils. Each of the two teams are capable of putting up big time points and neither defense may be able to say anything about it. Like Holiday Bowls in years past, this game has all the makings of a high scoring, close game that will come down to a wild finish.

When Texas is on offense things will fall on [tag]Colt McCoy[/tag]’s still young shoulders. The team can still win when the sophomore quarterback doesn’t play his best, but it will be up to McCoy to manage the game, protect the football, and convert a few big third downs if the Horns are going to come out on top. Running back [tag]Jamaal Charles[/tag] may be the Horns biggest weapon, but has disappeared at times this season due to scheme and playcalling. Get Charles rolling early and the Horns could roll as well.

Arizona State’s offense is equally potent and QB Rudy Carpenter is one of the nation’s most skilled passers. If the offensive line can give him time to throw the Texas secondary can be exploited. The Longhorns will need defensive tackle [tag]Frank Okam[/tag] and his line mates to get pressure on the QB without help from the linebackers. If the linebackers can help out with pass coverage then cornerback [tag]Deon Beasley[/tag] and the rest of the secondary might stand a chance.

Players to Watch: ASU QB Rudy Carpenter, ASU LB Robert James, ASU S Troy Nolan, UT QB Colt McCoy, UT RB Jamaal Charles, UT DT Frank Okam, UT CB Deon Beasley

Prediction: Arizona State 31, Texas 41

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