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Bowl Game Central 2012

Patterson to lead Ball St. in front of home town

Tampa native Eric Patterson is ready to lead the Ball State Cardinals in front of his hometown in the 2012 Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl.

Gators' underclassmen mum on entering NFL Draft

Omar Hunter hasn't heard from any of the Florida Gators' underclassmen about possibly entering the 2013 NFL Draft.

Gators not overlooking Louisville

The Florida Gators are taking their Sugar Bowl matchup against Charlie Strong and the Louisville Cardinals seriously.

Ball State over UCF is popular opinion

The Ball State Cardinals are getting more love in predictions for Friday's Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl. Why are people selecting the Cardinals over the Central Florida Knights?

Sugar Bowl: Jenkins, Silberman out with injuries

Florida Gators' linebacker Jelani Jenkins and offensive lineman Ian Silberman will miss Florida's Sugar Bowl date against the Louisville Cardinals after undergoing surgery to repair injuries.

Joker Phillips will not coach Sugar Bowl

The new wide receiver coach of the Florida Gators will take a hands-off role until the season ends.

UCF seniors look for final win in bowl game

The UCF Knights senior class want to close out their time in Orlando with a win on Friday night. What players have the best chance of making it to the NFL after this?

Ball State faces tough challenge with long layoff

By the time Ball State and UCF kick off in the Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl on Friday, the Cardinals will have gone nearly a full month without taking the field against anyone but themselves. That poses a challenge for Ball State, who won six straight games

Russell Athletic Bowl could be close contest

The Virginia Tech Hokies are narrow favorites over the Rutgers Scarlet Knights in the 2012 Russell Athletic Bowl, but the strong Scarlet Knight defense has a good chance of forcing an upset.

Georgia seen as clear favorite vs. Nebraska

The Georgia Bulldogs opened as favorites over the Nebraska Cornhuskers, and the line for the Capitol One Bowl has continued to move in their favor. Despite a decisive loss against Alabama, the Bulldogs are expected to handle Nebraska.

South Carolina favored in Outback Bowl

The South Carolina Gamecocks are expected to beat the Michigan Wolverines in the 2013 Outback Bowl by oddsmakers.

Who has the edge in Beef O'Brady bowl?

Central Florida and Ball State are two evenly matched teams, but the Knights' defense gives them the edge in the Beef O'Brady Bowl. UFC gives up nearly 10 fewer points per game than do the Cardinals, leading to Central Florida as close favorites.

Mississippi State favored in Gator Bowl

Oddsmakers expect the Mississippi Bulldogs to defeat the Northwestern Wildcats in the 2013 Orange Bowl, though not by much.

Gators not expected to have trouble with Cardinals

The Florida Gators are facing the Louisville Cardinals in the Sugar Bowl, and the latest odds reflect the widespread view that a a team that was one game away from the SEC championship game should be able to handle the tops of the Big East.

FSU favored to beat NIU in Orange Bowl

Oddsmakers expect Florida State to beat Northern Illinois in the 2013 Orange Bowl by double digits.

Gator fans not running to Sugar Bowl ticket window

The Florida Gators are having trouble selling tickets to the 2012 Sugar Bowl, having sold only 6,500 of their 17,500 ticket allotment. Previous Florida bowls have had the same problem, including when Tebow was in town.

Loucheiz Purifoy becoming triple threat for Gators

Florida Gators all-purpose threat Loucheiz Purifoy has seen his role expand and is ready to excel in all three facets of the game.

Kovanda latest in line at 'Punter U'

The latest in a long line of elite Ball State punters will play his final game against Central Florida in the Beef 'O' Brady Bowl.

What's Florida State's Orange Bowl track record?

Florida State has eight trips to the Orange Bowl in school history, but it hasn't always been a joyous occasion. The school lost their first two trips to the bowl, both against Oklahoma, and they haven't won there since 1996.

Orange Bowl: NIU distributing plenty of tickets

Despite the fact that the Orange Bowl is held in Florida, Northern Illinois has distributed more tickets so far than Florida State has.

UCF using extra time to prepare for Ball State

The time between the regular season and bowl game has given UCF plenty of time to prepare for their opponent in the Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl, the Ball State Cardinals.

FSU recruiting could be boosted by Orange Bowl

Florida State's recruiting efforts could be boosted by their appearance in the Orange Bowl on New Year's Day, their second game in Miami this season.

O'Leary promises 'great competition' in bowl game

UCF and Ball State will clash Dec. 21 in the Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl.

Orange Bowl trip may boost FSU recruiting

The Florida State Seminoles will be able to showcase themselves in front of the talented prep players in South Florida when they head to Miami for the 2013 Orange Bowl.

Ball State a formidable opponent for UCF

The Central Florida Knights play the Ball State Cardinals in the Beef 'O' Brady Bowl on Dec. 21. What does Knights head coach George O'Leary of how the Cardinals have played this season?

Gators start practicing for Sugar Bowl on Friday

With the Sugar Bowl set for Jan. 2., Florida is about to get to work.

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