Holiday Bowl-Final Review-Pick and Analysis-Texas vs California

Editor’s Note: This is a preview that ran earlier on our site for tonight’s Holiday Bowl.

Zach Maynard leaded the Golden Bears offense against a tough Longhorns defense in the Holiday Bowl. (Photo: Elaine Thompson / AP)

Bowl Breakdown:  The 2 teams arrived at their identical 7-5 records in very different ways. Texas started out 4-0 and rose all the way to #11 in the rankings, but after losing to Oklahoma and Oklahoma State their season just slipped away. They ended up losing 3 of their last 4 and the only win in that stretch was a last second win over Texas A&M. The main problem for Texas has been on the offensive side of the ball, namely at the QB position. It’s still up in the air who will start this one between Case McCoy and David Ash. Both have shown some promise, but have had major setbacks as well. The Longhorns have needed their defense to step up and it hasn’t. They have talent on the defensive side of the ball but have been crushed by Baylor (48), Oklahoma (55), and Oklahoma State ( 38). Those are all good offenses and while Cal’s may not be on that level I think they’ll be able to put up enough to score more than whoever ends up as the Longhorns QB. The Golden Bears offense is led by Junior QB Zach Maynard who has led a nice resurgence from Cal winning 3 of their last 4 and the one loss was a FG loss to Stanford. Maynard played extremely well in those games and got help from RB Isi Sofele who averaged over 140 yards per game in the last 4 and finished with over 1,250 yards and 9TDs. Coach Jeff Tedford is known for coaching up his offenses and seems to have his rolling at the end of the year. Due to their recent form and the fact that the game is in San Diego, I’ll go with the Golden Bears to beat the Longhorns in a close game where a turnover can make all the difference, and the Longhorns have struggled with that this year.

Pro Prospects: Marvin Jones-Cal-WR: Doesn’t have blazing speed but has good technique catching the ball and his size helps him be a late-round draft prospect. He’s lost some attention this year due to the emergence of Keenan Allen (Sophomore) at the other WR spot…Trevor Guyton-Cal-DL: Guyton will be a nice add for a team looking to strengthen it’s line especially against the run. He plays to the whistle on every snap and although he’s not going to astound teams at the combine or workouts should go in the 4th or 5th round…Kheeston Randall-Texas-DT: Randall is another D lineman who will probably go in the same area as Guyton to a team looking to strengthen it’s interior. He’s still got some developing to do, but is a leader of the UT defense and can help anchor a line, or at least bulk it up, in the NFL…

Editor’s Note: This article is part of our ongoing series for our Bowl Mania. You can find the same type of analysis for the  LibertyKraft Fight Hunger, Meineke Car Care Bowl of TexasMusic City, PinstripeArmed Forces, AlamoChamps SportsHolidayMilitary,  and the Sun Bowls. Or check out the  IndependencePoinsettiaBeef ‘O’ Brady’sLittle Caesars BelkNew OrleansMAACO Las VegasNew MexicoHawaii, and Idaho Potato Bowls to see how accurate our breakdown was.

Topics: Bowl Mania, Bowl Picks, California, College Football Picks, Final Review, Holiday Bowl, NCAA Football, Texas, Zach Maynard

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