On Saturday, the 2014 NCAA football live stream and televised games schedule will feature the BBVA Compass Bowl. It may not carry the name-power of the teams involved, or the rankings of those in the Orange and Cotton Bowls, but will provide college football fans a look at another team from the American conference against an SEC squad, both of which went 8-4 in the past season. The latest of the televised and live stream NCAA football bowl games from the schedules arrives courtesy of ESPN.
An ESPN.com report from Jan. 4 indicates that today’s game will be played at Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama. Vanderbilt enters this game after achieving back-to-back 8-win seasons for the first time since 1927-28. Unfortunately they’ll be without senior quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels for today’s game. Samuels posted 2,268 yards, 11 touchdowns and 9 interceptions this season on 193-of-281 completed passes. Carta-Samuels had knee surgery after the regular season ended due to a ACL tear suffered back on Oct. 19 against Georgia. He’ll be replaced by Patton Robinette in today’s matchup.
On the other side will be the Houston Cougars, led by true freshman quarterback John O’Korn, who has racked up 2,889 yards and 26 touchdowns on 239-of-399 completed passes. They rank 23rd in the nation in passing yards with 284.1 per game, while also ranking 12th in terms of their defense, limiting teams to just 20.2 points a game. However, they lost three of their last four games, including losses to ranked foes UCF and Louisville. The Cougars closed out their season on a 34-0 rout of SMU back on Nov. 29, and have now gained entry to this bowl game.
Odds makers started Vanderbilt as the favorites today by 1 1/2 points and they’ve since risen to as high as 3-point favorites at some sports books. Today’s over/under total for the game is set at about 52 to 53 1/2 points at various books after opening at 55. Houston wide receiver Deontay Greenberry is listed as probable. Weather will be mostly sunny with a kickoff temperature of 44 degrees.
Today’s 2014 Compass Bowl has a scheduled start time of 1 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The game will be featured on ESPN for cable and satellite TV viewers. In addition, WatchESPN will have live streaming online coverage available. This free broadband sports network is available for specific cable and satellite companies. Check here for availability by region and any blackouts or device restrictions.