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Bowl Preview: 2010 Advocare V100 Independence Bowl

AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl

Independence Bowl, Shreeveport, La.

Air Force (8-4) vs. Georgia Tech (6-6)
Time: 5 p.m.
Date: Dec. 27
TV: ESPN2
Line:  Air Force -3

About Air Force: Falcons coach Troy Calhoun is a hot name in the coaching biz right now. Going 8-4 at Air Force makes you the next Fisher DeBerry I guess. Other than that there’s not much to know. Nameless, faceless stream of guys about the same size and the same speed run the option pretty well and play their asses off.

Intangibles:
Won the Commander-in-Chief trophy +3
Didn’t even play Coast Guard -1
B-1 bomber -2
Can point out that Top Gun is about the NAVY +3

About Georgia Tech: Paul Johnson took his crazy option offense to Georgia Tech and took them to an ACC title and the Orange Bowl in 2009. In 2010? Not so much. Nope, it’s back to the dreg bowls for the Ramblin’ Wreck as Tech stumbled. Hell, they lost to Kansas.

Intangibles:
Paul Johnson press conference +2
Three Georgia Tech players suspended for first half for missing curfew -2
Only the first half? Wussies. -2
Already had four other players ineligible for the bowl. Ouch. -3

Impact player: Georgia Tech QB Joshua Nesbitt. Mostly cause he’s not playing. Tech has been pretty mediocre this year, but missing Nesbitt can just make them worse. Tech is already missing a bunch of players. Nice work, Paul.

Bowl slogan: “Advocare: We are not an oil change shop.”

Little Known Fact: ESPN must be sweating ad sales on this one. With two teams running the option, this shouldn’t be the four-hour advertising bonanza that most bowl games turn into. In fact, it should be over in about 90 minutes and seven possessions.

Watchability (1-5): 1.1

The pick: Falcons 24, Yellow Jackets 14