Sunday, December 19, 2010

The 2010-11 Bowl Season begins with a Trifecta of Blow Outs to start off Bowl Play

The New Mexico Bowl kicked off the 2010-11 Bowl line up with the soon to be FBS Independent, BYU from the Mountain West Conference, taking on a C-USA West opponent, UTEP. The Gazette headline in the Sunday print newspaper said it all: "BYU caps a big turnaround", as the BYU Cougars (7-6) defeated the UTEP Miners (6-7) 52-24. More news on the New Mexico bowl win from Albuquerque.

It was a coming out party for the BYU Cougars , after a sub prime start with 1-4 start in 2010. Next year, the BYU Cougars will be an Independent, no longer affiliated with the MWC. The Cougars will join Army, Navy and Notre Dame as the four FBS Independents in Division I.

The independent BYU Cougars will kick off the 2011 season at Ole Miss (4-8, 1-7 SEC East in '10). BYU's 2011 schedule

The Cougars were lead in 2010 by freshman QB Jake Heaps. There should be a lot of excitement for BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall in 2011, with a young signal caller back and the hype entering College Football as the newest FBS Independent.

In 2012, the BYU-Notre Dame series will begin, among the top two FBS Independents, outside Army-Navy.

Next up in the opening day Trifecta of college bowl games took place in Boise, ID with the 2010 Humanitarian Bowl. The MAC runner-up Northern Illinois faced off from team WAC fourth place team, Fresno State, on the Smurf blue turf, home of the Boise State Broncos.

Northern Illinois 40, Fresno State 17 - news

With the win, the NIU Huskies (11-3, 8-0 MAC West), who lost their head coach, Jerry Kill, to the Minnesota Golden Gophers for the Humanitarian Bowl and the 2011 season, finish an outstanding 2010 season. Tom Matukewicz lead the Huskies as the interim head coach for the bowl game and 40-17 win over Pat Hill and Fresno State.

The Fresno State Bulldogs (8-5, 5-3 WAC), under coach Pat Hill for his 15Th season in 2011, will regroup and face a solid OOC schedule next season, with Cal, @ Nebraska, Ole Miss and @ San Diego State among FBS opponents. The Bulldogs will head to the MWC in time, but remain in the WAC for 2011, due to a $5 million buyout clause.

The finale of the blowout first weekend of the 2010-11 college bowl line up was live from New Orleans in the 2010 New Orleans Bowl. The MAC representative, Ohio U. Bobcats vs. the Sun Belt co-champion, Troy Trojans. It was all Troy (8-5, 6-2 Sun Belt), in a 48-21 win over Frank Solich's boys from Athens, OH. The Trojans lead 38-7 at the half over Ohio U. (8-5, 6-2 MAC East). More news on the Troy win over Ohio U.

Next Bowl Game in 2010-11:

Beef O' Brady's Bowl from St. Petersburg
Southern Mississippi (8-4, 5-3 C-USA East) vs. Louisville (6-6, 3-4 Big East)
St. Petersburg, Fla. at Tropicana Field
Dec. 21 at 7 p.m. Central Time on ESPN


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