Air Force To Play Georgia Tech In Independence Bowl

The Air Force Falcons will play the ACC's Georgia Tech in the Independence Bowl on Monday Dec. 27th 5 p.m. (ET) on ESPN2. For more coverage check out SB Nation Atlanta
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Independence Bowl: Georgia Tech Suspends Seven Players For Bowl Game

When Georgia Tech takes the field against Air Force Monday night they will be missing seven players. Late Wednesday night it was reported that Georgia Tech was down four players for becoming academically ineligible:

Senior defensive end Robert Hall and senior linebacker Anthony Barnes are ineligible under NCAA academic guidelines. Sophomore wide receiver Stephen Hill and senior safety Mario Edwards, both listed as starters on the latest depth chart, are both ineligible for not meeting Georgia Tech's academic requirements.

Losing two starters is a big deal, and especially with recevier Stephen Hill who was Tech's leading receiver on the year with 15 receptions and three touchdowns. Those numbers are low, but Georgia Tech runs a triple option offense where passes are minimal. However, Hill was a deep threat for Tech by averaging just over 19 yards per reception.

Then today, it is being reported that Georgia Tech will be without three more players for the first half of the Independence Bowl for not following the curfew set by the team. The three suspended players are senior defensive end Anthony Egbuniwe, junior defensive back Michael Peterson and freshman defensive back Louis Young.

All three players played in 12 games this year, but Egbuniwe is the only starter in the latest group. The Tech defense is now weakened even more by missing two defensive starters in Egbuniwe and safety Mario Edwards plus key backups Robert Hall and Anthony Barnes. This will severely hurt the Georgia Tech defense when they lineup against a potent Air Force triple option attack since it is key to play disciplined football whenever taking on an option offense.

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Independence Bowl: Injury Report Update

The two main injuries heading into the Independence Bowl are Georgia Tech's quarterback Joshua Nesbitt and Air Force's running back Jared Tew, and here are updates on both players' statuses. Joshua Nesbitt has been out with a broken arm he suffered Nov. 4 and is unlikely to play against Air Force in the Independence Bowl Dec. 27. His replacement has been Tevin Washington who has been a serviceable replacement, but not quite as good in running the ball as Nesbitt. Nesbitt had promised to suit up one more time for Georgia Tech, but it seems very unlikely he will be able to play.

The other main injury belongs to Air Force's running back Jared Tew, who suffered a broken leg in the Falcons' loss to San Diego State earlier in the season. Tew is looking like he might be able to play in Monday's game. Tew participated in the first bowl practice and looked very impressive, but head coach Troy Calhoun and running backs coach Jemal Singleton emphasize that Tew must be 100 percent to play. There will be more clarity at today's practice where Tew will participate in more physical activity that revolves around the knee, and the coaches will then have a more informed decision if Tew will play.

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Georgia Tech To Play Air Force In Independence Bowl

Multiple sources are reporting that Georgia Tech from the ACC will be taking on Air Force in the Independence Bowl. The Ramblin' Wreck bring the same triple option run attack to Shreveport, La. and this will be the fastest bowl game this post season, so take those bathroom breaks strategically. Georgia Tech finished the year at 6-6 which was good enough to be third in the Coastal division of the ACC. 

Georgia Tech is number one and Air Force is number two in the nation rushing the ball, Tech averages 327 while Air Force comes in at 317.92 per game. This could be one of the rare games that could have less then 10 combined passes in a game.

Georgia Tech is hoping that quarterback Joshua Nesbitt can make a return to face Air Force, Nesbitt broke his arm back on Nov. 4th against Virginia Tech. Nesbitt has said that he would suit for Georgia Tech one more time in their bowl game. Two weeks ago Nesbitt had his stitches removed, but still had to wait a week before he could work out, so his status for the Dec. 27th bowl game is still uncertain.

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Report: Air Force Heading To Shreveport, La. For 2010 Independence Bowl

The Denver Post's Irv Moss reports that the Air Force Falcons have accepted an invitation to be the Mountain West Conference's representative in the 2010 Independence Bow on Dec. 27 in Shreveport, La. There were a few procedural matters that the Independence Bowl and the Mountain West had to work out, but Air Force accepted the invitation Wednesday night.. They will play an ACC team, most likely the Clemson Tigers (who may not start future Colorado Rockies outfield prospect Kyle Parker at quarterback).

The Falcons could also have gone to the Las Vegas Bowl, but the Utah Utes received and accepted the invitation to that bowl game earlier today. Since TCU would make a BCS bowl game and Utah would not the Las Vegas Bowl opted to take the Utes.

Earlier in the day, the San Diego State Aztecs learned they will play the Navy Midshipmen in the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl on Dec. 23 (that's a long bowl game name) in Qualcomm Stadium.

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2010 Bowl Projections: BCS, Rose, Sugar, Orange, Fiesta Bowls Nearly Set

So far, the TCU Horned Frogs, Oregon Ducks and the Stanford Cardinal are the teams that we know who are heading to a BCS bowl game with the fourth looking like it will be the Wisconsin Badgers who will come out the three-way tie from the Big 10. The Big 10 selection will not be announced -- or known -- until the final BCS standings are released Dec 5th. For those unaware of the BCS rules and curious how Stanford can already lock up a BCS bid, well there is a BCS rule that gives non-conference champions from a BCS league an automatic bid if they are ranked third or fourth.

BCS Title Game (BCS No.1 vs. BCS No. 2)

Oregon Ducks vs. Auburn Tigers

All these two have to do is win and they are in the title game. Oregon travels to rival Oregon State in the Civil War. Oregon State will be battling to become bowl eligible. Auburn takes on South Carolina in the SEC title game next weekend in Atlanta.

If either of the two lose TCU will be next in line for the BCS title game, but if both lose that is when things get interesting. Stanford is fourth and could move up to the two spot and making the title game TCU vs. Stanford. However, Auburn could still hang onto the number two spot by losing to a much better South Carolina team while Oregon would have lost to an unranked Oregon State team.

Rose Bowl (Pac-10 vs. Big 10)

TCU Horned Frogs vs. Wisconsin Badgers

TCU's seasons is over and are assured at worst a spot in the Rose Bowl due to the rule that stats that the first time a non-AQ team gets a BCS bid and either the Big 10 or Pac-10 champ is in the title game then the Rose Bowl must take the non-AQ team. With the Big 10 season over, all signs point to Wisconsin. Now, this could change if Oregon loses next week and then the matchup would be the Oregon Ducks against Wisconsin and that would move TCU into the BCS title game.

Sugar Bowl (SEC vs. at-large)

Arkansas Razorbacks vs. Ohio State Buckeyes

The Sugar Bowl gets to pick first since they are expected to lose Auburn to the BCS title game, plus they get the first overall pick after replacement teams are chosen. LSU could be chosen over Arkansas even though the Razorbacks just defeated LSU, but the Sugar Bowl is in the backyard of LSU in New Orleans. Bowl games do not have to pick the better team they can pick whoever is eligible and who will sell the most tickets which is why Ohio State will be in New Orleans.

An Alternate Sugar Bowl could be South Carolina against Ohio State if the Gamecocks are able to upset Auburn in the SEC title game.

Orange Bowl (ACC vs. at-large)

Virginia Tech Hokies vs. Stanford Cardinal

The Hokies make it to this game by winning the ACC title game against Florida State this weekend. While Stanford is in the fourth spot in the BCS and is guaranteed a BCS bowl for being ranked fourth. Now, the alternate game could be vastly different. The obvious choice is first to have Florida State replace Virginia Tech if they beat them in the ACC title game. Then if Oregon and Auburn both lose this upcoming week then if is possible for Stanford to be in the BCS title game and then this at-large spot could go to Auburn. However, Auburn losing to a highly ranked South Carolina team could still keep Auburn in the BCS title game and thus keeping Stanford in this spot.

Fiesta Bowl (Big XII vs. at-large)

Oklahoma Sooners vs. Connecticut Huskies

The winner of next weeks Big XII title game featuring Oklahoma and Nebraska will be in this game and get to face an unranked Big East team. Connecticut can win the Big East if they beat South Florida which would give them an overall record of 8-4, but if Connecticut loses and West Virginia beats Rutgers then the Big East sends West Virginia to the Fiesta Bowl with a respectable record of 9-3.

So, even though there are only a handful of games left next weekend there is still a lot that could happen in terms of what team goes where in the BCS.

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