Meineke Car Care Bowl: Preview and Prediction

Meineke Car Care Bowl: Preview and Prediction
Stadium Bank of America Stadium
Location Charlotte, North Carolina
Operated 2002-present
Conference Tie-ins ACC, Big East
Payout US$1,000,000 (As of 2008)
Continental Tire (2005)
Meineke Car Care Center (2006)
Former names
Queen City Bowl (2002, pre-inception)
Continental Tire Bowl (2002-2004)
2007 Matchup
Wake Forest vs. Connecticut
(WFU 24, UConn10)
2008 Matchup
North Carolina vs. West Virginia (December 27)

Meineke Car Care Bowl Game Preview

We have an intriguing match up in this years Meineke Car Care Bowl Game, The North Carolina Tar Heels, a program that has been a bottom dweller of the ACC for many years now is emerging as a legitimate contender.

The West Virginia Mountaineers seem to be headed in the opposite direction as they lost more games this year then the past 2 years combined. When Rich Rodriguez left the program to coach at Michigan, he left behind a talented team, that has underachieved under new head coach Bill Stewart. The Mountaineers, a team known for their ability to run the ball, with their option-style attack went to the air a lot more this season which proved to be less effective. This will be Pat White’s final game, the NCAA’s all-time leading rusher from the quarterback position will attempt to lead his team to a fourth straight bowl victory. The Mountaineers will rely on their solid defense, in large part as to why they finished with 8 wins, the defense features big play potential at all positions.

The Tar Heels have enjoyed one of their best seasons in recent memory, they now have an opportunity to win their first bowl game since the 2001 season. They have a chance to do it in front of a predominantly home crowd in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Tar Heels have faced adversity this season, losing starting quarterback T.J. Yates the third week of the season, in stepped backup Cameron Sexton and filled in quiet nicely for the Tar Heels. The Heels will look to attack the Mountaineers through the air, with 1000 yard receiver Hakeem Nicks, the big play potential for the Tar Heels will be there. North Carolina was 8 points away from an 11 win season losing to Virginia Tech, Virginia and Maryland by 3, 3, and 2 points respectively.


Meineke Car Care Bowl Game Prediction

These teams match up pretty evenly and we expect this game to be close down the stretch. Pat White is comfortable in the big game, he has led the Mountaineers to four straight bowl victories, this one will have the feel of a road game. The Tar Heels will be playing this game on adrenaline, for most of the players it’s their first bowl appearance as a Tar Heel, their nerves may come into play in this game. We expect the Mountaineers to play an emotional game for their senior quarterback.

Meineke Car Care Bowl Game Pick – West Virginia Mountaineers -PK

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Tags: Cameron Sexton, college football, Hakeem Nicks, Meineke Car Care Bowl Game, NCAA, North Carolina Tar Heels, Pat White, Rich Rodriguez, West Virginia Mountaineers,