Thursday, December 30, 2010

2010 Meineke Car Care Bowl Preview

December 31, 2010 12:00 PM ET
Stadium: Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina
Payout: $1,000,000
Played: 2002-present
Once known as: Continental Tire Bowl (2002-2004)
Broadcasters: Carter Blackburn, Mike Bellotti, Brock Huard
Sideline Reporter: Shannon Spake
Storyline: Clemson failed to meet expectations this season, only going .500. The bright spots for Dabo Swinney’s team were being the team that was closest to beating Auburn and Da’Quan Bowers leading the nation with 15.5 sacks. The Meineke Car Care Bowl may be the last game Clemson quarterback Kyle Parker plays in as he is expected to leave college football for a career in baseball. The Tigers need a win to get a winning season and to end a season of heartbreakers on a good note. South Florida finished 7-5, including a win over Miami. South Florida may be playing former walk-on Bobby Eveld at quarterback as BJ Daniels is still recovering from injury. Skip Holtz is looking for his first bowl win with the Bulls. South Florida’s offense is 103rd in the nation, while Clemson’s is not much better at 87th. The strength of both teams is their fast, shutdown defenses, which rank ninth (Tigers) and 20th (Bulls). Expect a low-scoring defensive battle Friday afternoon.
All-time Series: 0-0
Line: Clemson by 5.5

South FloridaClemson
Overall Record7-5Overall Record6-6
Conference Record3-4Conference Record4-4
Bowl Record3-2Bowl Record16-16
Last Bowl Win2010 InternationalLast Bowl Win2009 Music City

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