Posted December 22nd, 2005 by Brian
Filed under: Bowls, Football

Pioneer PureVision Las Vegas Bowl
BYU (6-5) vs. Cal (7-4)
Dec. 22, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
Favorite: Cal by 7.5

I thought last night’s GMAC Bowl was going to be a high scoring and close game, but unfortunately I was only half right as Toledo went out and thumped UTEP in a pretty boring game. Tonight’s Las Vegas Bowl has a chance to be more exciting if BYU can air it out and match the Cal rushing attack. The game isn’t expected to be that close, the Bears are favored by 7.5 points, but it could turn into a slugfest as two excellent offenses both face weak defenses.

Pioneer PureVision Las Vegas Bowl? How lame. I’m okay with corporate sponsorship of bowls, but since when did we allow specific tecnologies or product lines in the bowl title? What’s next, the AT&T Long Distance Phone Service Cotton Bowl? Tostitos Hint of Lime Fiesta Bowl? Let’s hope the game is better than the name of the bowl.

Players to Watch: Cal RB Marshawn Lynch

Prediction: BYU 31, Cal 38

If Texas was in the Las Vegas Bowl…

Neither team would have a prayer against the Horns’ explosive offense and BYU’s one-dimensional air attack wouldn’t have much success when matched up with the likes of Michael Huff and the rest of the Texas secondary. Not pretty. BYU is a team that lost to San Diego State and the Longhorns are just a tad bit better than that. Texas scores on every posession Vince Young is in the game. Texas 60, BYU 6.

The Cal offense’s rushing attack and Marshawn Lynch’s speed would probably give the Texas linebackers trouble for a couple of series, but their inconsistency in the passing game would quickly mean trouble for the Bears. Quarterback Steve Levy was a running back at the start of November and he’d be wishing he was back there by the time the game was over. Texas 56, Cal 13.


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