New Year’s Eve brings a ton of college football bowl games led off by the Music City Bowl between the 8-4 Vanderbilt Commodores and the 7-5 North Carolina State Wolfpack at Noon Eastern Time in Nashville. This should be an offensive shootout with two powerful passing offenses that can light up a scoreboard. I think in the end that a single player will make all the difference.
The Wolfpack are led by quarterback Mike Glennon who has 30 touchdown passes this season and at 6-6 is hard to slow down. If Glennon can throw for over 300 yards and a couple of touchdowns, it will be a long day for the Commodores. Vanderbilt doesn’t even have to leave their own city for this game and while the lack of travel should help the Commodores, I just don’t see how Vanderbilt can slow down Glennon. Vanderbilt also has won just one bowl game in the last 57 years so a bit of pressure may be on this team to finally get another bowl win.
Glennon should have a field day against this Vanderbilt defense and I think he will be able to lead the Wolfpack to a victory in this one. I’ll go with N.C. State 27-23 to take home the victory. It won’t be a blowout for any stretch of anyone’s imagination but if Vanderbilt can get their running game going, things may change in this one. I don’t expect Glennon to allow that to happen though in controlling the passing game and finishing off his college career with a victory.
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