Southampton vs West Ham United

Southampton vs West Ham United TV channel, live stream, kick-off time, odds and team news.Southampton are looking to continue their fine form under new manager Ralph Hasenhuttl when they host West Ham on Thursday evening in the Premier League.


The Saints have picked up back-to-back wins, including a shock victory over Arsenal, and are out of the relegation zone as a result.Another win for Hasenhuttl and his side will climb to 15th, while victory for the Hammers could take them as high as 8th in the division.West Ham had been in excellent form themselves, but suffered a disappointing loss at home to Watford last time out.

When is Southampton vs West Ham?

The match is on Thursday 27 December with kick-off at 7.45pm at St Mary’s.

What TV channel is Southampton vs West Ham on and is there a live stream?

Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League will be showing the game live with coverage on both starting at 7.30pm.

Subscribers can stream the match on Sky Go or watch on the Sky Sports app, while non-subscribers can buy a Sky Sports Pass on Now TV.

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg is suspended for Southampton, while Ryan Bertrand remains out through injury.

West Ham still have the likes of Manuel Lanzini, Andriy Yarmolenko, Carlos Sanchez, Winston Reid, Ryan Fredericks, Jack Wilshere and Marko Arnautovic out, while Lucas Perez, Javier Hernandez and Fabian Balbuena are doubts but could make it.

Head-to-head in last five meetings

31 Mar 2018 – West Ham 3-0 Southampton – Premier League

19 Aug 2017 – Southampton 3-2 West Ham – Premier League

04 Feb 2017 – Southampton 1-3 West Ham – Premier League

25 Sep 2016 – West Ham 0-3 Southampton – Premier League

06 Feb 2016 – Southampton 1-0 West Ham – Premier League

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Texas Bowl 2018

Texas Bowl 2018: Baylor vs. Vanderbilt TV Schedule, Time and Odds.The Baylor Bears and Vanderbilt Commodores can each earn their first winning season under their respective head coaches with victory in the Texas Bowl.


In order to reach Thursday’s contest at NRG Stadium in Houston, both teams had to win their final regular-season games to become bowl-eligible.

Baylor used an 11-point victory over Texas Tech to salvage a campaign in which it lost four of its last six contests.

Vanderbilt closed with victories in three of its last four games, including a 38-13 demolition of Tennessee to reach six wins.

Texas Bowl Information

Date: Thursday, December 27

Time: 9 p.m. ET


Live Stream: Watch ESPN or ESPN app

Odds (via OddsShark): Vanderbilt -4; Over/Under: 55.5


Unlike past bowl games with a pair of .500 programs, the Texas Bowl should be an intriguing watch because of where both Baylor and Vanderbilt have been in recent years.

Baylor went 1-11 in Matt Rhule’s first season in charge and deserves credit for bouncing back in his second year.

The Bears are hoping to secure their third postseason win in four years after winning the 2015 Russell Athletic Bowl and 2016 Cactus Bowl.

Vanderbilt is traditionally one of the punching bags at the foot of the SEC, but the Commodores’ effort in November was commendable, as they earned the second bowl berth in Derek Mason’s five-year tenure.

Mason’s team carries more momentum into Houston, as it rebounded from a brutal October stretch to beat Arkansas, Ole Miss and Tennessee to reach the six-win mark.

Quarterback Kyle Shurmur and running back Ke’Shawn Vaughn rose to the occasion in November by producing a collection of impressive performances.

Shurmur threw 11 of his 23 touchdowns in the final four games, and he dazzled against the Volunteers with a season high of 367 passing yards.

Vaughn eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark on the ground by the slimmest of margins, when he totaled 1,001 yards in the regular season.

Against Arkansas, Missouri and Ole Miss, he scampered for 481 yards and five touchdowns.

Baylor’s offensive playmakers weren’t as consistent as Vanderbilt’s top players, but they still got the job done against Texas Tech.

Quarterback Charlie Brewer is coming off one of his most successful games of the season after he threw for 308 yards and three touchdowns in the 35-24 victory over the Red Raiders.

However, Brewer and the Baylor offense might not have enough firepower available to challenge the Commodores.

Leading receiver Jalen Hurd is out of the Texas Bowl following a knee procedure and running back JaMycal Hasty is dealing with a knee injury, per Selby Lopez of the Dallas Morning News.

The production of running back John Lovett and wide receivers Chris Platt and Denzel Mims in place of the injured stars will determine how much the Bears are capable of.

In the win over Texas Tech, Lovett ran for 125 yards and a touchdown on 28 carries, while Platt and Mims combined to catch 11 passes for 179 yards and a pair of scores.

Both teams are capable of putting up points, but they haven’t done so on a consistent basis in 2018, as Baylor ranks 46th in the FBS in total offense and Vanderbilt sits 77th.


Baylor 21, Vanderbilt 17

The Texas Bowl isn’t the most intriguing bowl game on paper, but it will turn into one of the more competitive contests you’ll watch in December.

Given the inconsistencies of both offenses, the under is a safe bet but picking the outright winner will be more difficult.

Although Vanderbilt possesses more healthy playmakers, Baylor finds a way to rally around Rhule and win inside its home state.

Baylor vs Vanderbilt

Baylor vs Vanderbilt odds, line: 2018 Texas Bowl picks, predictions from expert who’s 9-2.Josh Nagel has his finger on the pulse of both Vanderbilt and Baylor football.The rebuilding Baylor Bears meet the resilient Vanderbilt Commodores in the 2018 Texas Bowl on Thursday. Kickoff is set for 9 p.m. ET from NRG Stadium in Houston.


 Just one year removed from a one-win season after taking over a turmoil-ridden program, coach Matt Rhule’s restoration project at Baylor (6-6) is likely ahead of schedule, and its promising season can end on a high note with a bowl victory. Vanderbilt navigated a brutal schedule and managed to reach bowl eligibility by winning its last two SEC games against Ole Miss and Tennessee. The Commodores (6-6) are four-point favorites and the over-under for total points scored is 55.5 in the latest Baylor vs. Vanderbilt odds. Before you make any Baylor vs. Vanderbilt picks of your own, check out the 2018 Texas Bowl predictions from SportsLine’s Josh Nagel.

A Nevada-based expert with more than 20 years of experience in the sports wagering industry, Nagel specializes in handicapping college athletics. He has had another strong year, hitting 61 percent of his spread selections for SportsLine members. He headed into bowl season on a strong 20-6 run on against the spread picks. What’s more, he has had a keen eye for the tendencies of these programs and boasts a stellar record of 9-2 on picks involving Baylor or Vandy. Anyone who has followed him is way up.

In Week 11, Nagel advised SportsLine members that TCU (+1) would have an edge because of its defense when it visited Baylor in a battle of clubs fighting to become bowl-eligible. The Horned Frogs forced three turnovers in their 16-9 victory, and anyone who followed Nagel’s advice booked another winner.

Now, he has analyzed the latest 2018 Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl odds and released a confident point-spread selection that is only available at SportsLine.

Nagel knows the Commodores defeated solid bowl-bound opponents in Nevada and Middle Tennessee State before hitting the thick of a conference slate that included clashes with Florida, Georgia and Kentucky. But perhaps their most memorable performance came in a 22-17 loss at College Football Playoff-bound Notre Dame as a two-touchdown underdog. Vanderbilt rallied from a 13-point deficit in the second half and held the Irish to six points while two potential game-winning drives in the fourth quarter came up short.

Senior quarterback Kyle Shurmur has had a strong season leading an experienced offense. He has thrown for 2,844 yards with 23 touchdowns against six interceptions while completing 64 percent of his attempts.

The Commodores will need to be in top form in the Texas Bowl 2018 to cover against an upstart Baylor club that has proven to be dangerous as an underdog.

Although the Bears still lack depth as they look to restore stability to the program, their playmakers consistently produced on the offensive end. They pulled home upsets of high-powered Big 12 foes Oklahoma State and Texas Tech, the latter earning them a bowl bid. They also fell just short of an upset at Texas as a two-touchdown underdog.

Baylor racked up 478 yards of total offense in its 35-24 win over the Red Raiders in the regular-season finale. Sophomore quarterback Charlie Brewer threw for 308 yards with three touchdowns. John Lovett rushed for 125 yards on 28 carries with a score.

We can tell you Nagel is leaning to the under, but his much stronger play is on the spread. He has unearthed a critical X-factor that causes one side of the spread to hit hard. He’s only sharing what it is, and who to back, at SportsLine.

Who covers Baylor vs. Vanderbilt? And what critical X-factor makes one side of the spread a must-back? Visit SportsLine now to see which side you need to jump all over in the Texas Bowl, all from the senior analyst who’s 9-2 on his picks involving these teams.

Southampton vs West Ham

Southampton vs West Ham LIVE score: Team news, TV stream and latest goal updates.Keep track of the latest action and goal updates from the Premier League fixture at St Mary’s. Kick-off: 7.45pm (UK)


Mirror Football look ahead to Southampton v West Ham

New boss Ralph Hasenhuttl has got Southampton smiling again.

The Saints appeared to be in deep trouble before the Austrian replaced axed manager Mark Hughes earlier this month.

But his in-form side are now looking for their third win on the spin after they celebrated two consecutive victories for the first time since April when they defeated Huddersfield last Saturday.

Southampton beat Arsenal in Hasenhuttl’s first home game in charge. But will they see off another London team at St Mary’s tonight?

Join us for all the action as the drama unfolds, right here.

Hasenhuttl: The hard work has only just begun

Ralph Hasenhuttl has warned his Southampton side the hard work has only just started.

Hasenhuttl replaced Mark Hughes earlier this month and has had a transformative effect, with Saints heading into Christmas on the back of consecutive wins over Arsenal and Huddersfield.

Those two results have lifted the side out of the relegation zone and three points clear of the bottom three, allowing Saints fans to look up rather than down.

Hasenhuttl said: “They showed they learned now to defend. That’s the first step in the right direction. What you also saw is that we have quality when we win the ball.

“We scored three times against Arsenal and also three times against (Huddersfield), a team that is really good at defending normally with a good reverse gear.

“When we work like we did until now, then we have a chance to stay (up). But if you stop now, we have 15 points now, and that wouldn’t be enough.”

Southampton now face a double bill at home, with West Ham the visitors on Thursday, when they will be without suspended midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, followed by Manchester City three days later.

“It is the next difficult challenge for us,” said Hasenhuttl. “To play two times at home helps us a lot. The opponents are really strong, West Ham and then Man City.

“I like to see this stadium again with a team that is now coming with two wins. What we know is we should be as passionate and concentrated, as uncompromising as the last two games. When we do so I think we have a big chance to take the win against West Ham, or Man City. Why not?”

Nathan Redmond has been a standout figure in the last two games, particularly against Huddersfield, where he scored his first goal of the season before setting up teenager Michael Obafemi for the third.

Hasenhuttl said of the winger: “I think before I came here he had one assist and no goal, and now in the last two games he has two assists and one goal. That’s what I expect from such a player because he has real quality.

“When he works like he did last two games then it’s not so surprising that he will score more because he deserves to. That’s what I talk to him always. First work for the team and then you will see that you get more chances.”

It is no surprise Southampton defender Jannik Vestergaard has fully embraced Hasenhuttl’s arrival given he was in and out of the side under Hughes.

“It’s had a really positive effect on all of us,” said the Dane. “We’ve had two very good games and now it’s a challenge of keeping up that level. We’ve shown each other what we are capable of and we can’t accept any less than that.”

Vestergaard is expecting a difficult match against West Ham, whose four-game winning run came to an end with a home defeat by Watford last Saturday.

“It’s going to be a tough challenge because West Ham have a lot of quality and they have shown that, after getting off to a bad start, they’ve played some quality games,” said Vestergaard.

“It’s going to be a big challenge for us, but we are in a process right now of becoming a better team and the last two games have shown we are going in the right direction. We want to stay on that path and to do that we need to win back-to-back home games.”

Pinstripe Bowl

Pinstripe Bowl betting preview.How will the Badgers fare as underdogs in the Pinstripe Bowl?A season ago, Miami and Wisconsin met for a much match up in the Orange Bowl, but this year they will meet on a much smaller stage in the Pinstripe Bowl. The two teams took similar paths to this point. With high expectations and a top ten ranking to start the season, both the Hurricanes and Badgers struggled and ultimately finished with a disappointing 7-5 mark.


While neither team or fan base planned to be in this position, there is still a lot of value in trying to build momentum toward a more positive 2019. If that isn’t good enough for you, there are still bets to be made and won no matter the stage you are on.

The spread for the 2018 Pinstripe Bowl opened with the Badgers as a slight underdog at +3.5. Since then there has not been much sway either way, but oddsmakers did move Wisconsin down to +3 after getting a pretty strong backing from both public and sharp bettors. The Badgers are one of the more trendy underdogs of bowl season getting 74 percent of the bets and 85 percent of the total money wagered—meaning both Pro and Joe is riding with the underdog in this one. The under 48 has also been a popular pick from both sides as 96 percent of the money has been put on that side. To help you decide where you want to play, here are some notable trends for the Pinstripe Bowl:

The one notable trend that really sticks out to me here is how the two teams have fared in previous bowl game contests. Bowl games are very tough to play in as they pit unfamiliar teams and unfamiliar location in most cases. Some teams show up in these spots, while others appear to have no interest in it at all. The trends for these both teams are very noticeable, as the Badgers are 4-0 ATS in their last four while the Hurricanes are just 1-3. It’s clear that the Badgers tend to show up for these games, while the Hurricanes have struggled to produce of late. With the game being in a cold weather city, that only adds to the advantage of bettors taking Wisconsin.

The Pick: Wisconsin (+3)

As a self proclaimed sharp bettor (61 percent on CFB this season, no big deal) I do not really see a particular advantage to playing either side. Each team has their flaws, but that’s what most 7-5 teams have. The big thing for me is how the Wisconsin offense will fair against the Hurricane defense. While Miami as a whole may have struggled, it was not because of their defensive play as the Hurricanes own the No. 2 defense in the country, statistically (total defense). They have played extremely well on that side of the football, and with Jack Coan starting for the Badgers, you have to think that plays an advantage to the Hurricanes.

The struggle for Miami has been on offense. The Hurricanes have had multiple quarterback changes, and neither option has provided any real progress. They have turned the ball over at a very high rate all season, and with Malik Rosier starting at quarterback, I have a hard time finding confidence in Miami either. With Wisconsin being the underdog, and having the best overall player in Jonathan Taylor—coupled with a few All-Americans on the offensive line—they are the more sensible bet in this game.


My favorite play for the Pinstripe Bowl is the one that nearly everyone has made, and that is the under. When you look at the teams struggles and quarterback concerns, it is the only real play you can make and have confidence in. If you couple that with Miami’s dominating defense and Wisconsin’s style of play, you should be able to hit the under 48 mark in most cases. This game looks like it is going to be a grind it out, smash mouth football game that will stay close until the very end. If both quarterbacks can limit their mistakes and keep the turnovers low, this clock should bleed and you should have a very good shot at the under hitting. With 96 percent of the bets on it already, Vegas is begging for some sort of scoring, but I do not think they will get that in this one.

Miami vs Wisconsin

Miami vs Wisconsin odds, line: 2018 Pinstripe Bowl picks, predictions from proven model on 45-25 run.SportsLine’s advanced computer has simulated Miami vs. Wisconsin 10,000 times.The Wisconsin Badgers look for a repeat bowl victory over the Miami Hurricanes when the teams match up on Thursday in the 2018 New Era Pinstripe Bowl, kicking off at 5:15 p.m. ET from Yankee Stadium in New York.


The forecast calls for clear skies and temperatures around 40 with light winds, so weather should be a non-factor. The Badgers beat the Hurricanes 34-24 in last year’s Orange Bowl in a clash of top 10 teams. This time, neither is ranked, each entering with 7-5 records. In the latest Wisconsin vs. Miami odds, the Hurricanes are favored by 2.5 points, with the over-under at 43.5, down from an open of 47. You’ll want to see what the SportsLine Projection Model is saying before making any Wisconsin vs. Miami picks and Pinstripe Bowl predictions.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every FBS college football game 10,000 times, and those who have followed it have seen massive returns. Over the past three years, this proprietary computer model has generated a jaw-dropping $4,210 profit for $100 bettors on its top-rated point-spread picks.

The model made some huge calls on Championship Week, including nailing Ohio State (-16.5) against Northwestern and Oklahoma (-9.5) against Texas. And when it comes to all top-rated picks, the model has been red-hot, entering the 2018 college football bowl season on a blistering 45-25 run. This same model has also nailed almost 70 percent of bowl picks straight-up over the past three years. Anybody who has followed it is way, way up.

Now it has simulated Wisconsin vs. Miami 10,000 times, the results are in. We can tell you the model is leaning Over, but it also says one side of the spread hits in nearly 60 percent of simulations. You can only see that pick at SportsLine.

The computer knows Miami’s defense made life miserable for many offenses this season. The Canes ranks No. 2 in yards allowed, No. 1 in pass defense, piled up 37 sacks, and secured 15 interceptions, ranking in the top 15 in both numbers.

Three defensive backs have three picks apiece, ensuring nowhere is safe to throw the ball. And even though Miami defensive tackle Gerald Willis will miss the Pinstripe Bowl 2018 with a hand injury, SportsLine’s model is calling for at least two turnovers by the Hurricanes’ swarming defense.

The offense is predicated around a run game that totals nearly 200 yards per game. Travis Homer had 969 yards, including a season-high 168 on just eight carries in the regular season finale against Pittsburgh. DeeJay Dallas has 608 additional yards.

Just because Miami’s defense has been superb doesn’t mean it will cover the New Era Pinstripe Bowl spread.

Wisconsin’s Jonathan Taylor was the nation’s most-dominant running back. He rushed for 1,989 yards (7.1 average) and 15 touchdowns and was named winner of the Doak Walker Award, given to the top back in the country. He averaged 165.8 yards per game and eclipsed 200 yards four times — and had 300 yards (with three touchdowns) against Purdue on Nov. 17.

The defense has been steady without any massive strengths or glaring weaknesses, ranking 41st in yards allowed (359) and 43rd in points (24.3). It’ll help mask an offense that will be missing quarterback Alex Hornibrook (concussion). Jack Coan will start in his stead after going 2-2 in Hornibrook’s place this season.

So who wins Miami vs. Wisconsin? And side of the spread hits in nearly 60 percent of simulations? Visit SportsLine to see the picks for Wisconsin vs. Miami, all from the model that has returned over $4,000 in profit to $100 bettors over the last three seasons, and find out.

Temple vs Duke

Temple vs Duke odds, line: 2018 Independence Bowl picks, top predictions from advanced model on 45-25 run.SportsLine’s computer model has simulated the 2018 Independence Bowl 10,000 times.


The Temple Owls and Duke Blue Devils meet for the first time ever on the gridiron as they face off in the 2018 Independence Bowl. It’s raining ahead of Thursday’s 1:30 p.m. ET kickoff, but the forecast calls for dry conditions and temperatures in the 60s by game time. Temple, out of the American Athletic Conference, is in the midst of an 8-4 season that included signature wins over Maryland, Cincinnati and Houston. Duke, out of of the ACC at 7-5, had impressive road wins at bowl-bound Northwestern and Miami. Temple is a 3.5-point favorite and the Over-Under is 53.5, down a field goal from the opener, in the latest Temple vs. Duke odds. Before you make any Temple vs. Duke picks and 2018 Walk-On’s Independence Bowl predictions, check out what the SportsLine Projection Model has to say.

The model simulates every FBS college football game 10,000 times, and those who have followed it have seen massive returns. Over the past three years, this proprietary computer model has generated a jaw-dropping $4,210 profit for $100 bettors on its top-rated point-spread picks.

The model made some huge calls on Championship Week, including nailing Ohio State (-16.5) against Northwestern and Oklahoma (-9.5) against Texas. And when it comes to all top-rated picks, the model has been red-hot, entering the 2018 college football bowl season on a blistering 45-25 run. The same model has hit almost 70 percent of its straight-up bowl picks over the past three years. Anybody who has been following it is way, way up.

Now the model has evaluated the latest 2018 Independence Bowl odds. We can tell you it leans to the under and it also has locked in a strong against-the-spread pick, saying you can bank on one side in well over 50 percent of simulations. You can get that selection only over at SportsLine.

The model has factored in that Temple’s offense is capable of quick-strike scoring. Averaging nearly 36 points per game, the Owls’ vertical game centers on its two most lethal receiving targets — Ventell Bryant and Branden Mack. Bryant leads the receiving corps in both receptions (47) and yardage (659). His senior experience is also key in rallying teammates during key moments of games. Mack, a sophomore with 556 yards and five scores, can line up in the slot or out wide.

Temple is a commanding 8-3 against the spread versus FBS teams this season, compared to 6-5 for Duke. And when it comes to point differential, Temple has the edge as well, plus-12.1 to minus-4.1. Temple has won six of its last seven games straight-up and covered five times during that span.

But just because Temple has had success on offense this season doesn’t mean it will cover the Walk-On’s Independence Bowl spread against a talented Duke squad.

The model also knows that when Duke was at its best earlier in the season with impressive wins against Army, Northwestern and Baylor leading them into the AP Top 25, the Blue Devils were able to consistently win the turnover battle. That will be a big key at the Independence Bowl 2018 against Temple on Thursday.

Quarterback Daniel Jones is expected to be healthy enough to play against the Owls after suffering a lower-body injury in Duke’s regular-season finale, which should help the Blue Devils’ offense make smart decisions with the football. But the game really hinges on the Duke defense’s ability to create multiple turnovers.

Duke won all five of the games in which it forced multiple turnovers. In games where Duke didn’t force a single turnover, the Blue Devils were 2-5. So if Duke’s defense can take advantage of a Temple offense that threw 18 interceptions this season and turned it over 28 times in 12 games, it will go a long way towards a Blue Devils cover.

Who wins Temple vs. Duke? And which side of the spread cashes in well over 50 percent of simulations? Visit SportsLine now to see which side you need to be all over in the Independence Bowl, all from the computer model that has returned over $4,200 to $100 bettors, and find out.

Independence Bowl

Independence Bowl 2018 Live Stream: How to Watch Temple vs Duke.The Temple Owls will meet the Duke Blue Devils in the Independence Bowl in Shreveport, Louisiana, on Thursday.


The game is scheduled to start at 1:30 p.m. ET and will be broadcast nationally on ESPN. If you don’t have cable or can’t get to a TV, you can still watch a live stream of the game (or DVR it) on your computer, phone, or streaming device by signing up for one of the following cable-free, live-TV streaming services:

Hulu With Live TV

In addition to a Netflix-like on-demand streaming library, Hulu also offers a bundle of 50-plus live TV channels, including ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU. You can sign up for “Hulu with Live TV” right here, and you can then watch a live stream of the game on your computer via the Hulu website, or on your phone, tablet, or streaming device via the Hulu app.

If you can’t watch live, “Hulu with Live TV” also comes with 50 hours of Cloud DVR storage (with the ability to upgrade to “Enhanced Cloud DVR,” which gives you 200 hours of DVR space and the ability to fast forward through commercials).

Sling TV

ESPN and ESPN2 are both included in the “Sling Orange” channel bundle. You can sign up for a free seven-day trial right here, and you can then watch a live stream of the game on your computer via the Sling TV website, or on your phone, tablet, or streaming device via the Sling TV app.

If you can’t watch live, you can get 50 hours of cloud DVR storage as an additional add-on.

ESPN Platforms

Additionally, you can watch a live stream of the game on your computer via, or on your phone, tablet, or streaming device via the ESPN app. You’ll need to log in to a cable provider to watch this way, but if you don’t have that, you can still sign up for one of the above options and then use your Hulu or Sling TV credentials to sign in and watch on the ESPN digital platforms.

2018 Independence Bowl Preview

After opening the season 2-3, the Owls finished on a 6-1 run that included a victory over No. 20 Cincinnati. They closed the regular season with a 57-7 drubbing of Connecticut.

Junior wideout Isaiah Wright rushed 18 yards for the first score of the day.

“Previously playing UConn, I never really did what I felt like I should do,” Wright said after the win, according to the Associated Press. “So, coming into this game, I just wanted to make sure I didn’t feel the same way I felt prior.”

On Temple’s next possession, Wright returned a kickoff 99 yards for another touchdown.

“He’s very dynamic,” Owls running back Ryquell Armstead said, according to the Shreveport Times. “Special teams goes a long way in college football — a lot of people don’t understand that. When you start drives on the 20 and you have to work 80 yards down the field, it’s hard to score. Having a guy like Isaiah Wright, who can get you out to the 40, to the 50, the plus-40, it makes the job easier for the quarterback, running back, and offensive coordinator.”

Days after the victory, Georgia Tech hired Temple head coach Geoff Collins to be the Yellow Jackets’ next head coach. Assistant Ed Foley will serve as interim head coach in the Independence Bowl.

Collins is the fourth consecutive Temple head coach to leave for a Power 5 gig.

“While it is always difficult to lose a head coach, it is a testament to what we have built at Temple through our students, our fans, our alumni and our donors that we can continue to have success,” Temple athletic director Patrick Kraft said in a statement, per AP. “We have a world-class university, strong support staff, excellent facilities, passionate supporters and a very healthy culture and I am confident that there will be great interest in our job yet again.”

The Owls won without starting quarterback Anthony Russo, who was out with an injured hand. It seems he’ll be ready to go for the bowl game.

He’ll face a Duke defense that’s recorded just three interceptions all season. The Blue Devils (7-5) lost their last two games of the regular season by a combined score of 94-13.

They turned the ball over four times in their most recent loss, a 59-7 defeat at the hands of Wake Forest. Junior quarterback Daniel Jones completed 17 of 36 passes for 145 yards, a touchdown, and a pick.

“I don’t know if we really had the same intensity, the same fire we’ve played with all season, and I think that made us struggle,” Jones said, according to the Associated Press. “On offense, we couldn’t get in a rhythm. Turnovers put us in bad positions. Just a tough day.”

Cheez-It Bowl

Cheez-It Bowl Live Stream Online College Football ( NCAA ) Free HD TV Channel.. Playing in first bowl game since 2015, Golden Bears are shooting for bigger things in 2019. | UPDATED: Cal’s matchup against TCU in the Cheez-It Bowl at Chase Field in Phoenix on Wednesday closes out the Bears’ best season since 2015.


But it also sends the team toward 2019 — with optimism for something bigger still but also questions about the unknown.

The Bears (7-5) and Horned Frogs (6-6) figure to engage in a low-scoring duel in the first meeting between the programs. The 40-point over-under betting line is the lowest among any bowl game this season.

Both teams feature stout defensive units, and both have dealt with uncertainty at quarterback.

But coach Justin Wilcox, who steered the Bears to a bowl game in his second season, says the outcome matters.

“The reason we do all of this is to win,” he said. “It’s kind of an exclamation point on the season and what it does for the underclassmen coming back. The entire season has a carryover effect in terms of the experiences we’ve had.”

Here are four key issues facing the Bears:

The quarterback quandary: TCU is down to its third-string quarterback after No. 1 Shawn Robinson and backup Michael Collins were injured, with Robinson subsequently announcing he would transfer to Missouri.

But fifth-year senior Grayson Muehlstein, who never had started a game for TCU, played well enough in season-ending wins over Baylor and Oklahoma State to get the Frogs bowl eligible.

Cal also is on its third quarterback, with redshirt freshman Chase Garbers having posted a 4-2 record the past six games as the starter. The offense hardly has been stellar, scoring 15 points or fewer in three of their past four games.

“I think it’s big,” Garbers said of playing in a bowl game. “A win definitely helps us for next year.”

Garbers said he’s not dwelling on his own status, but Cal signed UCLA transfer Devon Modster along with Arizona prep Spencer Brasch, who passed for 3,580 yards and 45 touchdowns this season.

Offensive coordinator Beau Baldwin declined to confirm Garbers as the Bears’ future starter.

“I’d never talk about that right now,” Baldwin said last week. “Things happen. Things change. It’s a battle all the time.”

Bowl side benefits: As much as Wilcox wants a victory over the Horned Frogs, he acknowledges that the extra 12 practices the Bears got are a bonus that can provide lasting impact.

“A lot of the guys that were either red-shirting or didn’t play very many reps, they got almost a spring ball’s worth of reps,” he said. “That’s how you learn. The results should be invaluable.”

Change under way: The Bears will start just four seniors on offense and three on defense against TCU, but the roster already looks different than a month ago. Seven players — none of them starters — have announced plans to transfer, and senior wideout Vic Wharton III — the team’s leader with 50 catches — left the team.

One of the seniors who will face TCU is running back Patrick Laird, who needs 68 yards to join Marshawn Lynch and Russell White as the only Cal backs with multiple 1,000-yard rushing seasons.

Finding a No. 1 back for next season will be a major offseason objective.

Redshirt sophomore cornerback Cam Bynum, an honorable mention All-Pac-12 pick, said he might seek an NFL draft evaluation, but has no plans to leave. “Big picture, I think I could use another year,” he said.

Defense not done: Led by linebackers Jordan Kunaszyk and Evan Weaver, whose 276 combined tackles are more than any FBS duo in the country, the Bears have become a force on defense.

They have scored five touchdowns on defense and are third in the Pac-12, allowing just 21.1 points per game. Kunaszyk, a senior, says this is just the beginning. He believes Cal can field a top-5 national defense next year and is aiming higher yet for his flamboyant teammate.

“I’m expecting Weaver to be the best linebacker in the nation,” Kunaszyk said.

Quick Lane Bowl

Today, we conclude a decade-long era of option football on the Flats. Though it would be most fitting for Paul Johnson to go out with 500 rushing yards, zero pass attempts, and a smug smirk, my sincerest hope is that he goes out of his way to make this Quick Lane Bowl one for the record books. One with passing, with tricks, and with much schadenfreude derived from PJ Fleck’s pain on the opposing sideline.

Will I get my final wish? Maybe, or maybe not. It depends on if Paul Johnson decides to really undo the purse strings and throw everything he’s built up over the past 10 years onto the field, hard candies and all. But just in case he’s looking for some pregame inspiration, here’s a quick starting place:

  • Call an end-around.
  • Don’t punt one single time. Period. This one is non-negotiable.
  • Line Taquon Marshall up at A-Back with Tobias Oliver at quarterback so the two-year signal caller can go full circle for his Georgia Tech career.
  • Run a play from the diamond formation that we saw exactly twice back in 2013, when Vad Lee was our quarterback.
  • Run a play out of the shotgun period for the first time since 2013.
  • Let some of the seniors call a play or two to see what they come up with.
  • BONUS POINTS: Bring back each of the quarterbacks from the Paul Johnson era (Josh Nesbitt, Tevin Washington, Vad Lee, and Justin Thomas) so they can each run a play. Deal with NCAA consequences later.

Thanks again for everything, coach. All we ask is that you go out with a bang, and preferably a fun one, in Detroit. If you have submissions for the list of things we hope to see, post them in the comments below! In the meantime, best of luck to the Jackets against the final opponent of the 2018 season.