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Predictions 101 — Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl

Rakeem Cato AP

Florida International vs. Marshall
Dec. 20, 8 p.m. ET, ESPN
At St. Petersburg, Fla.

The Golden Panthers, who started playing at the FBS level in 2004, are trying to win their second postseason game in a row after beating Toledo, 34-32, in last season’s Little Caesars Pizza Bowl.

The Thundering Herd won that same pizza party the year before, edging Ohio, 21-17.

This time around they’re both battling for beef.

Ultra-experienced FIU quarterback Wes Carroll would be wise to be constantly aware of Marshall defensive end Vinny Curry, who has 21.5 tackles for losses, 11 sacks and six forced fumbles to his name.

Carroll’s counterpart is true freshman Rakeem Cato, who was 23-of-29 for 341 yards and two touchdowns in a 34-27 overtime victory over East Carolina in the regular-season finale that made Marshall bowl eligible.

The Thundering Herd’s pass defense makes us nervous, but their recent experience in must-win nailbiters earned them the nod.

Opening point spread: Florida International by 4 1/2

The pick: Marshall 24-23

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4 Responses to “Predictions 101 — Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl”
  1. trbowman says: Dec 8, 2011 3:40 AM

    Prediction – No one will care about this bowl

  2. tg1896 says: Dec 8, 2011 7:24 AM

    Who in their right mind would want to play in the goofiest named bowl of all time? BEEF O BRADY’S? Really? Good grief.

  3. seanmmartin says: Dec 17, 2011 5:26 PM

    Or we could appreciate football.

    Obviously cliche, but TY Hilton will be the most exciting player on the field. Should be a good game.

    FIU 27 Marshall 23

  4. florida727 says: Dec 20, 2011 5:42 PM

    “trbowman” and “tg1896″, just curious… if you’re not interested in this game, why did you take the time to read the article and post in the comments section? Makes you look kind of foolish, doesn’t it?

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