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NCAA Bowl Previews 2015/16: Quick Lane Bowl

The Central Michigan Chippewas and the Minnesota Golden Gophers don’t seem to present the best spectacle, but both of these teams have rea


The Central Michigan Chippewas and the Minnesota Golden Gophers don’t seem to present the best spectacle, but both of these teams have reasons for us to get excited. The Chippewas are 1 of 7 MAC teams to make a Bowl game and they are looking to cap off a 7-5 season – in which they faced 3 very strong teams (Oklahoma St, Syracuse and Michigan State) and gave them good games – by giving the MAC a 4th Bowl victory. Offensively, this team does not preach balance, they rank 15/128 in the FBS in passing (313.3 PYG) but 125th in rushing (100.3 RYG). Overall, they rank 54th and manage just 26.8 points per game (PPG), which is 82nd in the FBS. Defensively, they’re more balanced. They rank 16th overall (328 YPG), 24th in passing (190.5 PYG), 30th on the ground (137.7 RYG) and 33rd in scoring (22.1 PPG). The Chippewas senior FS Kavon Frazier has been a huge reason for their success on defense. He leads the team with 103 total tackles (9th in the MAC) and is 2nd in the MAC in solo tackles, amassing 69 – 4.5 of which were for a loss. He has added 1 interception, 4 passes defensed and 2 fumbles, recovering 1. He’s also blocked a punt on special teams. With his dramatic, relentless and aggressive style of play and his tackling ability, he projects nicely as a special teamer with the chance to develop into more. Along with Frazier, DL Blake Serpa, C Nick Beamish, OT Ramadan Ahmeti and TE Ben McCord are looking to impress NFL Scouts in their final games. The Golden Gophers on the other hand are the third of three 5-7 teams to make a Bowl game this year thanks to their APR (Academic Progress Rate). They will be looking to get back on track, having lost 5 of their last 6 games, and win their 1st Bowl since the 2004 Music City Bowl against Alabama. The Gophers offense will be hoping to play better today than they have all season. They rank 103rd in total offense (357 YPG), 73rd in passing (214.2 PYG), 101st in rushing (142.9 RYG) and 103rd in scoring (22.6 PPG). Defensively though, they match-up quite well with the Chippewas. They ran 35th in total defense (354 YPG), 15th in passing (182.4 PYG), 70th in rushing (171.6 RYG) and 59th in scoring (26.1 PPG). Minnesota’s great passing defense can lend itself to its duo of senior cornerbacks, Eric Murray and Briean Boddy-Calhoun. Murray gives NFL Scouts plenty of reasons to be drawn to him. He is 6’0”, 196lbs and plays very physically. He is a press-man corner with a ton of experience and can be an immediate helper on special teams. Boddy-Calhoun is a perfect complement to Murray. He is a little undersized (5’11”, 188lbs) but he has very good ball skills. In 8 games this year he has 3 interceptions, giving him 8 in the last two years. He is also a willing tackler. He projects nicely as a nickel corner. De’Vondre Campbell (DE/OLB), Theiren Cockran (DE/OLB), Peter Mortell (P), Rodrick Williams Jr. (RB), Josh Campion (OG), Antonio Johnson (SS), Miles Thomas (FB) and Brian Bobek (C) are all looking to go out in style. If you want to watch this game, or any of the other Bowl games, the complete Bowl schedule can be found here, where you’ll be able to see how and when you can watch every game.  

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Remy Cabache

Lifetime sports fan. I have written with RealSport since the NFL section started and I have also written for my own blog, EbonyBird.com and I have had several articles published in local newspapers covering my local (American) football team.

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