The 44 day wait is over. For the second year in a row, BC is in San Fransisco. Last year, the Eagles lost to USC in the Emerald Bowl. Now, a year later, in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl, BC, led by their number 1 ranked rush defense, take on Colin Kaepernick's Nevada Wolfpack, who come in with their 3rd ranked rushing offense. It should be an interesting matchup.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR: Mark Herzlich in his last game as an Eagle
Herzlich hasn't returned back to his 2008 form, but how could you expect him to? He has, however, gotten better each and every week. The last two games have been especially good for Mark. This will be a good test to see where he is at as he goes up against Kaepernick and this high-powered Nevada offense. He, as will the other linebackers, needs to have good game for BC to have a chance and to impress the NFL scouts.
DIFFERENCE MAKER: Luke Kuechly & Colin Kaeperncik
Alright, I know it says difference maker, but both of thse guys are so important to their teams. Kaepernick is a dual-threat QB who is the focus of their third ranked rushing attack, while Kuechly is the leading tackler of the first ranked rush defense. I think whoever wins this matchup has a good chance of winning the game.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Broken records?
There are two records BC fans will be tracking during the game. Kuechly needs 23 tackles to break the NCAA single-season record set by Texas Tech's Lawrence Flugence in '02. Montel Harris needs 126 rushing yards to pass Derrick Knight and become BC's all time leading rusher. I predict that Montel will get his, not so sure about Luke.
PREDICTION: BC-24 Nevada-21
Call me a homer, but I think BC can pull of the upset. It's Mark's final game, and the team will be motivated to finish the season off with their 6th straight win. I think BC will be able to run the ball and eat up clock to keep the Pack's offense on the sideline. The D will give up some yards, but will make some big plays.