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December 30, 2010

College Football Bowl Picks - Music City Bowl:

Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl

North Carolina (7-5) vs. Tennessee (6-6)


6:40 PM, ESPN, Thur. Dec. 30, Nashville, TN

Why Watch: Watch because it’s amazing both of these teams have made it to the postseason this year. North Carolina features the disappearing team following the extensive list of suspensions handed out to start the season and the deep list of key injuries they’ve sustained throughout 2010. For Tennessee, who started the year 2-6, a postseason looked far out of reach. But four straight wins to end the year pushed the Vols into a bowl for the second straight year.

Who to Watch: Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray took over fulltime in the eighth game of the season, bringing the Vols to four straight wins to end the year. The emergence of running back Tauren Poole helped Bray ease into the position. Poole, who has 994 yards and 11 scores on the year, averaged 4.58 in the first six games of the year, while improving to a 5.58 average in the last six. For North Carolina, one of the lone bright spots on the team this season has been defensive lineman Quinton Coples. Coples, who can play tackle or end, led the team in tackles for a loss (14) and sacks (8.5).

How it’s Going Down: The Tar Heels are dealing with even more adversity heading into the bowl game with the recent injuries to guard Alan Pelc and linebacker Bruce Carter. Starting running back Anthony Elzy will also sit, after failing to make grade. Not good news since Elzy was filling in for starter Johnny White, who was lost for the season. While things are heading south for UNC, things are getting brighter for Tennessee. The Volunteers get a bowl in their home state and are led by a quarterback with three 300+ yard performances to end the year. Pick: Tennessee 32 – North Carolina 23

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