December 3, 2007 - 6B
Michigan may be Orlando bound, but where are more than 50 other NCAA teams going bowling
over during the second half of December and early January? Here's a rundown of the games.
National Championship Game
New Orleans, La.
Jan. 7 -8 p.m. - FOX
Ohio State (7-1 Big Ten, 11-1) vs.
LSU (6-2 SEC, 11-2)
The National Championship Game. A battle between two
gridiron titans who have plowed through everyone to win col-
lege football's ultimate prize. The best of the best.
Well, not so much.
Ohio State enters the game having lost its home finale
to a then-unranked Illinois squad. That's usually a knockout
punch to any National Championship hopes, but not this year.
In fact, the Buckeyes enter this bowl game as the team with
the least controversy surrounding it. Louisiana State has not
one but two losses this season. Like Ohio State's loss, both of
the Tigers' missteps came against unranked teams, as well.
But despite the two squads' less-than-perfect paths to
the title game, they're both in New Orleans competing for
the National Championship. The Buckeyes have a staunch
defense- they held Michigan to fewer than 100 total yards in
their last game. But the Tigers might have the most talent in
the entire country.
Jan. 2-8 p.m. - FOX
West Virginia (5-2 Big East, 10-2) vs.
Oklahoma (6-2 Big 12, 11-2)
Remember Oklahoma's Fiesta Bowl appearance last year?
When the Sooners became the team to lose to Boise State in
a primetime Bowl Championship Series game? While noth-
ing can really top that instant-classic matchup, this year's
rendition of the game in Tempe, Ariz., is sure to boast some
It's true that West Virginia is coming off one of the most
deflating, embarrassing defeats in school history (a 20-
13 loss to rival Pitt that knocked the Mountaineers out of
National Championship contention), but it should get Heis-
man-hopeful quarterback Pat White back in time to take
on Oklahoma. If the Mountaineers can shake off the disap-
pointment of not being in the title game, this game could be
Both offenses - led by White at West Virginia and red-
shirt freshman Sam Bradford - are extremely explosive, and
watchers can expect the scoreboard to light up all night.
Jan. 1--4:30 p.m. - ABC
Illinois (6-2 Big Ten, 9-3) vs.
Southern Cal (6-2 Pac-10, 10-2)
Ron Zook's Illinois squad is heading to the Rose Bowl for
the first time since New Year's Day 1984. The reward: a
parade with floats. Oh, and a matchup with the hottest team
in college football, Southern Cal.
The game will feature the Big Ten-Pac Ten contest organiz-
ers and traditionalists so desire.
At first look, Illinois is overmatched in almost all facets.
Southern Cal's defense has been stellar in its last four games.
Zook and his quarterback, Juice Williams, will struggle to
move the ball, even with a spread offense.
On the other side of the ball, Southern Cal has its annual
stockpile of weapons. No Reggie Bush's and Matt Leinart's,
just a lot of quality talent ready to stretch the field.
Don't rule out the Illini, though. This is the same team that
handed No.1 Ohio State its lone loss this season. That wasn't
a fluke, and a win in the Rose Bowl, while surprising, wouldn't
be a fluke either.
Jan. 3 - 8 p.m. - FOX
Kansas (7-1 Big 12, 11-1) vs.
Virginia Tech (6-1 ACC, 11-2)
After the tragic shootings on its campus last spring, Vir-
ginia Tech headed into the 2007 season on a mission to help
the healing process for its student body. But after a 48-7
thrashing at the hands of Louisiana State, it was the Hokies
who were licking their wounds.
Coach Frank Beamer isn't one for giving up, though. Now
almost three months later, Virginia Tech has won 10 of its
past 11 games and captured the ACC Title after a win over
Boston College Saturday.
The Hokies' opponent wasn't so sure about its spot in the
Orange Bowl. Kansas went through the entire year unscathed
until a devastating loss to rival Missouri to close the season.
Like them or not, though, the Jayhawks present an inter-
esting matchup for Virginia Tech, with a dynamic offense led
by quarterback Todd Reesing. But Beamer's squads are used
to the big stage. Will Kansas prove it belongs with the big
boys or is its one-loss campaign merely a facade?
Jan. 1 - 8:30 p.m. - FOX
Hawaii (8-0 WAC,12-0) vs.
Georgia (6-2 SEC, 10-2)
New Mexico Bowl
Dec. 22 - 4:30 p.m. - ESPN
Nevada (4-4 WAC, 6-6) vs.
New Mexico (5-3 MWC, 8-4)
Dec. 27 - 8 p.m. - ESPN
Texas (5-3 Big 12, 9-3) vs.
Arizona State (7-2 Pac-10, 10-2)
Meineke Car Care Bowl
Dec. 29 - 1 p.m. - ESPN
Connecticut (5-2 Big East, 9-3) vs.
Wake Forest (5-3 ACC, 8-4)
Armed Forces Bowl
Dec. 31 - 12:30 p.m. - ESPN
California (3-6 Pac-10, 6-6) vs.
Air Force (6-2 MWC, 9-3)
Dec. 31 - 6 p.m. - NFL Network
Indiana (3-5 Big Ten, 7-5) vs.
Oklahoma State (4-4 Big 12, 6-6)
Jan.1 - 1 p.m. - CBS
Texas Tech (4-4 Big 12, 8-4) vs.
Virginia (6-2 ACC, 9-3)
Dec. 20 - 9 p.m. - ESPN
Utah (5-3 MWC, 8-4) vs.
Las Vegas Bowl
Dec. 22 - 8 p.m. - ESPN
UCLA (5-4 Pac-10, 6-6) vs.
BYU (8-0 MWC, 10-2)
Champs Sports Bowl
Dec. 28 - 5 p.m. - ESPN
Michigan State (3-5 Big Ten, 7-5) vs.
Boston College (6-2 ACC, 10-3)
Dec. 29 - 4:30 p.m. - ESPN
Central Florida (7-1 C-USA, 10-3) vs.
Mississippi State (4-4 SEC, 7-5)
Dec. 31 - 2 p.m. - CBS
South Florida (4-3 Big East, 9-3) vs.
Oregon (5-4 Pac-10, 8-4)
Dec. 31 - 7:30 p.m. - ESPN
Clemson (5-3 ACC, 9-3) vs.
Auburn (5-3 SEC, 8-4)
Capital One Bowl
Jan.1 - 1 p.m. - ABC
Michigan (6-2 Big Ten, 8-4) vs.
Florida (5-3 SEC, 9-3)
New Orleans Bowl
Dec. 21 - 8 p.m. - ESPN2
Memphis (6-2 C-USA, 7-5) vs.
Florida Atlantic (6-1 Sun Belt, 7-5)
Dec. 23 - 8 p.m. - ESPN
East Carolina (6-2 C-USA, 7-5) vs.
Boise State (7-1 WAC,10-2)
Dec. 28 - 8 p.m. - NFL Network
TCU (4-4 MWC, 7-5) vs.
Houston (6-2 C-USA, 8-4)
Dec. 29 - 8 p.m. - ESPN
Texas A&M (4-4 Big 12,7-5) vs.
Penn State (4-4 Big Ten, 8-4)
Dec. 31 - 2 p.m. - ESPN2
Georgia Tech (4-4 ACC, 7-5) vs.
Fresno State (6-2 WAC, 8-4)
Dec. 22 - 1 p.m. - ESPN2
Southern Miss (5-3 C-USA, 7-5) vs.
Cincinnati (4-3 Big East, 9-3)
Motor City Bowl
Dec. 26 - 7:30 p.m. - ESPN
Purdue (3-5 Big Ten, 7-5) vs.
Central Michigan (6-1 MAC, 8-5)
Dec. 28 - 8:30 p.m. - ESPN
Maryland (3-5 ACC, 6-6) vs.
Oregon State (6-3 Pac-10, 8-4)
Dec. 30 - 8 p.m. - ESPN
Alabama (4-4 SEC, 6-6) vs.
Colorado (4-4 Big 12, 6-6)
Music City Bowl
Dec. 31 - 4 p.m. - ESPN
Kentucky (3-5 SEC, 7-5) vs.
Florida State (4-4 ACC, 7-5)
Outback Bowl Cotton Bowl
Jan.1 - 11 a.m. - ESPN Jan.1 - 11:30 a.m. - FOX
Wisconsin (5-3 Big Ten, 9-3) vs. Missouri (7-1 Big 12, 11-1) vs.
Tennessee (6-2 SEC, 9-4) Arkansas (4-4 SEC, 8-4)
International Bowl GMAC Bowl
Jan. 5 - Noon - ESPN2 Jan. 6 - 8 p.m. - ESPN
Rutgers (3-4 Big East, 7-5) vs. Bowling Green (6-2 MAC, 8-4) vs.
Ball State (5-2 MAC, 7-5) Tulsa (6-2 C-USA, 9-4)