Timo's Weekly Memo
"2003 Bowl Previews - Part II"
After previewing the first portion of the 2003 bowl games last week and now seeing the start of this year's bowl season, Timo takes a look at ten more of college football's postseason contests....
[ Updated December 17 ]
Continental-December 27…Pittsburgh vs. Virginia
|Pitt WR Larry Fitzgerald
Fitzgerald finished second in the Heisman voting this past weekend.
Pitt has should-have-been Heisman winner Larry Fitzgerald, but don’t count out the old Cavilers just yet. They have a hidden superstar as well in QB Matt Schaub, but Fitzgerald should win this game for Pitt. This game is diffidently worth tuning in for, as it should be a high-scoring affair. Pittsburgh-35 Virginia-31
Alamo-December 29…Michigan State vs. Nebraska
With all of the distractions surrounding Nebraska after Frank Solich was dismissed, I look for Jeff Smoker and Michigan St to capitalize and take care of the Cornhuskers very easily. This will be John L. Smith's 6th straight bowl game with Louisville and now Michigan St. Michigan St.-38 Nebraska-17
Houston-December 30…Navy vs. Texas Tech
Navy makes its return to post-season play for the first time since 1996. Texas Tech hasn’t been able to stop the run all year long, so this is good for Navy, whose strength is running the ball. But Tech’s passing offense ought to be able to keep up with Navy. B.J. Symons should have a big day against this untested secondary. Texas Tech-48 Navy-35
Holiday-December 30…Washington State vs. Texas
Roy Williams and Texas should come out fired up about not making the BCS. But Washington St has Matt Kegel who has thrown for over 2,700 yards and should be able to keep up. But in the end, this Holiday should belong to Roy Williams and Texas. Texas-27 Washington St-21
Silicon-December 30…UCLA vs. Fresno State
I think about every year this bowl game stinks. UCLA hasn’t scored more than 24 points all year including 6 against a pitiful Illinois team. Fresno St, on the other hand, has gone through spurts all season. As long as Fresno St shows up to play, they should be able to take care of this pathetic UCLA team. Fresno St-20 UCLA-6
Music City-December 31…Wisconsin vs. Auburn
|Auburn RB Cadillac Williams
Williams is one of the nation's leading rushers.
Well, Auburn was suppose to be heading to the Sugar bowl about this time, but that is not how things turned out. But they have improved throughout the season. I personally believe that Carnell Williams is one of the best players in the country, and he will lead the Tigers to victory over the Badgers. Auburn-28 Wisconsin-21
Sun-December 31…Minnesota vs. Oregon
Minnesota started the season 6-0, and if not for a 4th quarter break down against Michigan and a 44-38 loss to Michigan St., this team could be talking BCS. Oregon is coming off a 3-game winning streak and will try to prolong their momentum and knock off the Golden Gophers. But Minnesota is underrated and will take care of the Ducks. Minnesota-31 Oregon-14
Liberty-December 31…Southern Miss vs. Utah
Should be a good defensive battle in cold, cold Memphis. These two teams are equally matched and should go down to the wire. Southern Miss will shut down Utah’s QB Alex Smith, and the Southern Miss offense will score just enough to get them by the Utes. Southern Miss-13 Utah-7
Independence-December 31…Arkansas vs. Missouri
Two outstanding QBs will go head-to-head: Matt Jones for Arkansas and Brad Banks for Missouri. It’s just a matter of which QB will have the better day. This one ought to be a shoot out with both QB passing for over 300 yards. Arkansas-45 Missouri-42
San Francisco-December 31…Colorado State vs. Boston College
I love it when I get a chance to watch Bradlee Van Pelt. He has thrown for over 2,600 yards this year and is always a show. Boston College has been allowing quite a few points this year, and Colorado St has been averaging 35 a game. With this on national TV, Van Pelt should have a gigantic game and take care of the Boston College. Colorado St-38 Boston College-21