BOWL PREVIEWS (Week of Dec 22-26)
By mark rogers
December 19, 2008
Again, a quick note about the games and a player to watch to make it more interesting.
On Tuesday Boise State and TCU will meet in prime time in the Poinsettia Bowl. These teams are a combined 22-2. Boise State hasn't lost and the only reason the Broncos aren't playing Alabama in the Sugar Bowl is Utah.
TCU has the top-ranked rush defense in the nation, and they've played a decent schedule. They held OU to less than 50 yards rushing and only 35 points...what is that about half their average?
Look for TCU QB Andy Dalton.
On Wednesday Notre Dame and Hawaii play all the way down in Hawaii. Yeah, a great vacation for the Irish. They can get away. Spend some time on the beach. Get out of the spotlight for a few weeks...but if they lose? It may be the end of the line - or much closer to it - for Charlie Weis. I think the only reason he's still there is that there wasn't a better option for the Irish.
It's a home game for Hawaii, a team wanting to prove that last year's BCS berth wasn't a fluke.
89 teams have won a bowl game since Notre Dame last won a bowl. They MUST win this game, but it may be the absolute worst scenario for them...it could get ugly...like it could get any uglier for ND?
Watch ND linebacker Maurice Crum.
No game Thursday, but on Friday Central Michigan and Florida Atlantic play in the Motor City Bowl.
Two great QBs to watch in this one. Central Michigan dual threat Dan LeFevour (the second QB to rush for 1,000 yds and pass for 3,000 in a single season - the first? Vince Young) and FAU's Rusty Smith. Smith is an NFL prospect. Lefty. Tall. Rocket arm. I can't wait to watch these guys dual on the field.
FAU will need to make Central Michigan run the ball if they want to win.
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