California vs. Texas: Game Time, Radio and TV Coverage Info for Holiday Bowl

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistDecember 26, 2011

COLUMBIA, MO - NOVEMBER 12:  Head coach Mack Brown of the Texas Longhorns watches from the sidelines during the game against the Missouri Tigers on November 12, 2011 at Faurot Field/Memorial Stadium in Columbia, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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The California Golden Bears are taking on a Texas Longhorns team in what could be called the "Overrated Bowl," but instead we will call it the Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl.

While Cal is appropriately not ranked, somehow the people that control the BCS have the wisdom to put one of the biggest disappointments of 2011 in the top 25. Nice move, BCS.

Where: Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, CA

When: Wednesday, December 28, 8:00 p.m. ET

Watch: ESPN

Listen: ESPN Radio

Betting Line: Over/Under: 47.5, Spread: Texas -3

While I believe that both teams are very overrated, the fact that neither team plays defense means this is a sure thing for over. I would stay away from the spread because this has the potential to be a shootout with a last second, one-point win.



David Wilkerson, LB, Probable

STANFORD, CA - NOVEMBER 19:  Steve Williams #1 of the California Golden Bears celebrates after making an interception during their game against the Stanford Cardinal at Stanford Stadium on November 19, 2011 in Stanford, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Ge
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Michael Calvin, WR, Probable

Chris McCain, LB, Probable


Blake Gideon, S, Probable

Malcolm Brown, RB, Probable

Joe Bergeron, RB, Probable

Christian Scott, S, Questionable

Sedrick Flowers, OL, Questionable

John Harris, WR, Questionable

BCS/Top 25 Implications

While there is no doubt that the Longhorns are so deep in the BCS’ pocket that they couldn’t be out of the top 25 two years in a row, so this game doesn’t matter for Texas. They’ll be ranked no matter what. If Cal wins, though, they will have to be considered for a top 25 start to next season.

What They’re Saying

Golden Bears' head coach Jeff Tedford told the Kansas City Tribune about offensive star Zach Maynard's progression:

"He is a first-year player in our program. I really felt like if you look at the last half of the season and took the UCLA game out of it he completed close to 69 percent of his passes with 159 passing efficiency. He played really, really well and didn't turn the football over. I think it was key for him the manage the game and we got our run game going which really helped us finish the year strong."

WACO, TX - DECEMBER 03: Case McCoy #6 of the Texas Longhorns runs during a game against the Baylor Bears at Floyd Casey Stadium on December 3, 2011 in Waco, Texas.  (Photo by Sarah Glenn/Getty Images)
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Key Matchup: David Ash vs. Case McCoy

If the Texas Longhorns don’t make the right choice at quarterback, nothing they will do against the Golden Bears will matter. They need consistent play under center and despite the worst game of his career, it should be Case McCoy making the start. If McCoy starts, they win.

Prediction: Texas 37, California 35

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