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Sneak Peek: 2013 Holiday Bowl

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WHO: 10-3 Arizona State (Pac-12) vs. 7-5 Texas Tech (Big 12)

WHAT: National University Holiday Bowl (36th year)

WHERE: Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, Calif.

WHEN: Dec. 30 at 10:15 p.m. ET

WHY: No. 14 Arizona State looks for its first 11-win season since 1996, while Texas Tech hopes to snap a five-game losing streak in this matchup of Pac-12 vs. Big 12.

The Holiday Bowl has a tradition of explosive offensive performances and this one should be no different. The Sun Devils average 41 points and 460 yards per game while the Red Raiders average 36 points and 513 yards per game.

Both attacks are quarterback driven. Taylor Kelly threw for 3,510 yards and 28 touchdowns for ASU while the combination of Baker Mayfield and Davis Webb threw for 4,630 yards and 28 touchdowns for Tech, the nation’s second-leading passing offense. Mayfield transferred out of the program, so Webb and sophomore Michael Brewer will get the snaps for the Red Raiders.

ASU can also run the ball and should get the versatile Marion Grice back for the bowl. He missed the final two games of the season with an injury, but he still rushed for 996 yards and scored 20 touchdowns. Tech’s defense struggled against the run this year, allowing an average of 194.5 yards per game.

The Red Raiders started the season 7-0 and were ranked as high as 10th, so coming out on top against the Sun Devils would salvage Kliff Kingsbury’s first season in Lubbock. ASU had a chance at the Rose Bowl and will have to avoid a letdown, but getting that 11th win should provide plenty of motivation.

PREDICTION: Arizona State 48, Texas Tech 31

Bowling Green HC Dino Babers helps save woman from burning car

WEST LAFAYETTE, IN - SEPTEMBER 26: Head coach Dino Babers of the Bowling Green Falcons watches the game against the Purdue Boilermakers at Ross-Ade Stadium on September 26, 2015 in West Lafayette, Indiana.  (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)
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How about we start off the morning with something positive for a change?

As the Bowling Green caravan was driving back from Saturday’s game against Buffalo, a woman in front of the school’s four bus swerved and her vehicle hit the center divider on the Interstate in Northeast Ohio.  Shortly thereafter, the vehicle burst into flames.

That’s when Dino Babers, BGSU’s head coach, and trainer Chelsea Lowe jumped into action.  From the Toledo Blade:

The bus driver asked for permission to stop the bus, and I gave it to him — but I told him not to stop the other three buses,” Babers said. “Then he asked to go check out the car and see if the driver was hurt.

“I told him no, because if he was hurt there wouldn’t be anyone to drive the bus home.”

So that first BG bus, which was unaffected by the crash, stopped a short distance away, and Babers and Lowe went to the car.

“The closer we got to the car, the clearer we could see smoke billowing,” Lowe said. “We knew whoever was in the car wasn’t just going to walk away and have everything be OK.

Baber and Lowe were able to pull the 25-year-old woman away from the vehicle, and stayed with her until police and fire personnel arrived on the scene. The coach was even able to go back to the burning vehicle and retrieve the woman’s purse and keys.

As for Babers motivation in acting the way he did, read the Blade‘s account of the incident. It’ll be well worth your time.

UGA reaffirms commitment to Greyson Lambert as starting QB

ATHENS, GA - OCTOBER 03:  Greyson Lambert #11 of the Georgia Bulldogs is tackled by Minkah Fitzpatrick #29, Reggie Ragland #19 and Geno Matias-Smith #24 of the Alabama Crimson Tide at Sanford Stadium on October 3, 2015 in Athens, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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For those looking for a change under center Between the Hedges, think again.

In Georgia’s first loss Saturday, Alabama harassed and harangued Greyson Lambert into a miserable day.  The Virginia graduate transfer completed just 10-of-24 passes for 86 yards and an interception in the rain-soaked 38-10 home beatdown.

While some wondered whether UGA would pull the trigger and promote backup Brice Ramsey for the Week 6 game against Tennessee, offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer indicated that no change at the position is on the horizon — and that Ramsey would still get his opportunities.

“It’s no secret we plan on playing Brice in every game,” Schottenheimer said. “Greyson doesn’t need to look over his shoulder because Brice is going to play. …

“We believe in competition. Greyson doesn’t need to go look over his shoulder in terms of who is starting the game. He needs to worry about moving the team. He knows Brice is going to come in at some point. Nothing has changed. The rotation is what it is.”

If you were just going off the most recent tape, Ramsey’s play actually made it an easy decision for the staff to stick with status quo. Inserted in an attempt to breathe some life into a limp offense, Ramsey completed 3-of-6 passes, although two of those completions went to Tide defenders.