Friday, December 29, 2006

BOWL PREVIEW: Peach Chick-fil-A Bowl

This game has neared blasphemy in college football terms. Oh, sure, Chick-fil-A wants to draw you in with all that talk about taking off the Sabbath, being good Christians, etc., etc. But then they turn around and gut a great sports tradition by turning the Peach Bowl, more recently the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, into the Chick-fil-A Bowl.


In any case, it is what it is. Lovers of greased-soaked chicken sandwiches that cannot possibly have any nutritional values and are only available six days a week have their own bowl game. And since everyone in the state of Georgia is legally required to love these sandwiches -- love them -- perhaps it's not that jarring a change.

And, in truth, the sandwiches aren't bad. But if this game's name is not changed back to the Peach Bowl quick-like, the terrorists will win.

Bowl: Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl
Location: Atlanta
When: Dec. 30, 8 p.m. ET, ESPN
Purported reason for existence: To match an ACC team with an SEC team.
Real reason for existence: To make you want to Eat Mor Chikin.
Teams: Georgia vs. Virginia Tech
Interest level: If I Did It. Despite moral concerns, you'll watch it if no one pulls the plug.
Key player for Georgia: QB Joe Tere ... oh. Well, in that case, Joe Cox ... huh? Matthew Stafford will probably line up under center, but this being the 2006 edition of the spelling-challenged Dawgs, Richt might just pull the nearest fan out of the stands and throw him into the mix.

Georgia's new QB prepares to run a play-fake.

Key player for Virginia Tech: Special teams. Beamerball really hasn't changed all that much since he and Jenkins took over the program.
Winner: Virginia Tech. Maybe it's just that I can't bring myself to give Georgia any credit. But I don't trust that team. They implode at inopportune times and generally do everything that Mark Richt teams haven't done since he got to Georgia. VT, meanwhile, has defined itself by playing VT football, including a crushing of Clemson back when Moo U was on a roll.

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