One of the new features we’re rolling out for the 2012-2013 Bowl Blitz Invitational here at STAT BOX STORIES this year is a fan vote for Game of the Season. When gamers play 35 Bowl Games in NCAA Football and real-life gives us 35 more “takes” on the games of Bowl Season, there can be a lot of memorable results which come about for fans of college football. This year, we’re taking some time to recognize the more intriguing games of Bowl Season; read on for the nominees!
The 2012-2013 Bowl Blitz Invitational presented by STAT BOX STORIES continues with the Music City Bowl, which matches up the NC State Wolfpack (7-5, 4-4 ACC) and Vanderbilt Commodores (8-4, 5-3 SEC). Owen Good, NC State alum and sports columnist for Kotaku.com, takes control of his alma mater for the second Bowl Blitz Invitational in a row as his school seeks another bowl victory.
After yesterday’s incredible come-from-behind victory here at STAT BOX STORIES, the pressure was on for today’s game to be equally as memorable. Sticking to the rivalry theme, the decision was made to stage a match-up between the North Carolina State Wolfpack of the Atlantic Coast Conference and the East Carolina University Pirates of Conference-USA. While the two schools do not meet each other every year due to their schedules and different conferences, it remains an important in-state rivalry.
The last match-up between these schools came on October 16th, 2010 at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium in Greenville, NC; the Pirates emerged victorious 33-27 in OT to avenge the previous loss 30-24 in OT at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, NC. ECU is one of those schools in college football that I have no personal connection to but enjoy playing as in the game thanks to their unique field art, the “Boneyard” student section, and their uniforms; especially with their updated “Jolly Roger” helmets in NCAA Football 13. With that in mind—and at the risk of angering Wolfpack fan and friend of the site, Owen Good (of Kotaku fame)—I suited up in the purple and gold of ECU for this home game using NCAA Football 13; click the link to find out what happened!