Timo's Weekly Memo
"2003 Bowl Previews - Part I"
With the first bowl game beginning Tuesday, December 16, Timo will take a little time over the next three weeks to look at the bowl matchups. Part I begins with this week's edition of Timo's Weekly Memo....
[ Updated December 10 ]
New Orleans-December 16…Memphis vs. North Texas
This looks to be the least exciting of the 28 bowl games. Two very mediocre teams from two very mediocre conferences are going head to head in this one. If Memphis’s star RB DeAngelo Williams is healthy, look for this one to be a complete blowout. But if he is on the sideline, look for it to be a very tight ball game. If Williams is healthy, Memphis-38 North Texas-10…If Williams is not healthy, Memphis-24 North Texas-17
GMAC-December 18…Louisville vs. Miami (Ohio)
|NCSU QB Philip Rivers
Phillip Rivers has thrown over 4,000 yards and 29 touchdowns this season.
This will most likely be one of the highest scoring games in this years bowl games. Miami comes into this game riding a 12-game winning streak. There only loss came at the first game of the season to Iowa. Louisville’s defense has shown that it can make big stops but other times, they have also allowed teams to run all over them. Look for Miami’s QB Ben Roethlisberger to have a big game against the unpredictable Louisville defense. Louisville loses their second straight in Mobile. Miami-48 Louisville-31
Tangerine-December 22…Kansas vs. NC State
Kansas makes a return to post season play after a long drought although NC State's Heisman contender Phillip Rivers looks to end Kansas’s Cinderella story. NC State's offense will have a big day and will over power Kansas’s defense much like Kansas State did earlier in the year. NC State-41 Kansas-20
Fort Worth-December 23…TCU vs. Boise State
After TCU made excuses to get out of the GMAC Bowl, they conveniently end up in the more appealing Fort Worth Bowl. This is easier for fans to get too as well as in state recruits. TCU had better watch out as their plan could backfire on them. Never the less, TCU will show up to play in a home field atmosphere and shut down Boise State's QB Ryan Dinwiddie. TCU-27 Boise State-17
Las Vegas-December 24…Oregon State vs. New Mexico
Oregon State will try to end their two game skid when they go head to head with the Lobos of New Mexico. If Oregon State's RB Steven Jackson gets his legs moving, he has the ability to take over the game. But New Mexico has a star RB as well in DonTrell Moore. Just look what he did to Colorado State, 242 yards and 3 touchdowns. With these two spectacular RBs, it looks like whoever wins the battle in the trenches could come out on top. Oregon State-20 New Mexico-14
Hawaii-December 25…Houston vs. Hawaii
|VT RB Kevin Jones
Kevin Jones has run for nearly 1,500 yards and 20 touchdowns this season.
This looks to be like another shootout between two high-powered offenses. If you are looking for an exciting game to watch on Christmas day, this could be for you. There are two excellent QBs, for Hawaii Timmy Chang and for Houston Kevin Kolb. Houston will fall asleep on the beach before this one, and Hawaii will take advantage of that in front of their home crowd. Hawaii-52 Houston-31
Insight-December 26…Virginia Tech vs. California
Tech will show up to play this game contrary to the past 3 or 4 games. One person who has shown up about every game this season for Tech though is RB Kevin Jones. Nothing will change for this game though; Kevin Jones will come out and run for over 150 yards and have 3 touchdowns. He saves his team this time as they pull it out against California. Virginia Tech-31 California-13
Motor City-December 26…Bowling Green vs. (yawn) Northwestern
Wow…this one will be exciting! I hope you caught on to my sarcasm there. Unless you have nothing else to do the day after Christmas, I would steer clear of this one. Northwestern doesn’t particularly deserve to even be in a bowl game, but smart thinking by their Athletic Director giving them a easy non-conference schedule so they at least had a chance of getting here. Bowling Green has looked impressive all year on offense, and I don’t look for that to change in this one. Bowling Green-38 Northwestern-13