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December 31, 2010

College Football Bowl Picks - Meineke Car Care Bowl:

Meineke Car Care Bowl

South Florida (7-5) vs. Clemson (6-6)


12 PM, ESPN, Fri. Dec. 31, Charlotte, NC

Why Watch: A bowl win would go a long way in erasing the disappointing seasons on both parts. Clemson and South Florida are remarkably evenly matched, but were both hoping for better seasons. For Clemson, injuries and lack of playmakers on offense have held the team back all season. For South Florida, the play and injury of quarterback B.J. Daniels has led to an up and down season.

Who to Watch: It’s an easy one for Clemson, with All-American defensive end Da’Quan Bowers. The junior led the nation in sacks with 15.5, while also bringing in 25 tackles for a loss. He’s one of the most dominating defensive linemen in years. For South Florida, keep an eye on Dontavia Bogan. His numbers are modest at 45 catches for 658 yards and five scores, but he’s got big play ability. Bogan brought in 11 catches against West Virginia and had seven for 70 yards and a touchdown in the last game against UConn.

How it’s Going Down: Clemson and South Florida have been known this season to under play, so whoever shows up should run away with a win. The Bulls may be going with backup quarterback Bobby Eveld over Daniels, who is still nursing an injury. It’s yet to be known who will be the starter. It might not matter, though. Clemson hasn’t been able to get anything going offensively, scoring more than 14 points just once in their last five games. The Bulls find ways to score, even on special teams, so that may be a problem for the Tigers. Pick: South Florida 26 – Clemson 17

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