Wednesday, December 19, 2012

2012 Beef O'Brady's Bowl Preview

Date: December 21, 2012 7:30 PM ET
Stadium: Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida
Payout: $537,500 per team
Played: 2008-present
Former Names: St. Petersburg Bowl (2008-2009)
Broadcasters: Dave Neal, Andre Ware, Desmond Howard
Sideline Reporter: Cara Capuano

UCF: Two of UCF's four losses came at the hands of Tulsa. The first meeting ended in a 23-21 defeat while the second was an overtime loss in the Conference USA Championship game that cost them a trip to the Liberty Bowl. The Knights' only other losses were to Ohio State and Missouri. The Knights are playing just 100 miles from home as they look to get the program's second bowl victory and have a 10-win season for the fourth time in Knights' football history.    

Ball State: The Cardinals finished the season with 6 straight wins. Ball State can credit their best season since 2008 to a rush attack that ranked 23rd nationally. Sophomore Jahwan Edwards and freshman Horactio Banks have combined for 1906 rushing yards and 18 touchdowns. Ball State is winless in five previous bowl appearances. The Cardinals look to get their first bowl win ever in Pete Lembo's second season as head coach.

Central Florida Ball State
Overall Record 9-4 Overall Record 9-3
Conference Record 7-1 Conference Record 6-2
Bowl Record 1-3 Bowl Record 0-5
Last Bowl Win 2010 Liberty Last Bowl Win N/A

All Time Series: 2-1 Central Florida
Line: Central Florida by 7

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