College Football Bowl Previews
It's time to see who the real champions in college football are! We've got your guide to all the BCS Bowl games!
National Championship Game - #2 LSU vs. #1 Ohio State
National Championship games are usually held on neutral ground, but you can't help but give LSU the home field advantage over Ohio State. The game is going to be played in the New Orleans Superdome, which coincidently is just 80 miles away from LSU's Baton Rouge campus. But don't expect the Buckeyes to bow down to LSU, as they are one of the most physical teams in America. They also have a gem in running back Chris Wells. The Tigers on the other hand have a very talented quarterback named Matt Flynn, so Ohio State's defense will certainly have their hands full. The game is on January 7, 2008 at 8 p.m. ET.
Sugar Bowl – #10 Hawaii vs. #5 Georgia
Hawaii was the only undefeated team in all the BCS games, yet they will not compete for a National Title. They are this year's version of Boise State and are a prime reason why there should be a tournament. But the Rainbows can use this game to prove they are an elite team, not just a good team in a bad conference. To do that, Hawaii is going to have to stop Matthew Stafford and Knowshon Moreno. Hawaii quarterback Colt Brennan must take advantage of Georgia's average pass defense. This should be one of the most exciting bowl games this year, which should have a close finish! The Sugar Bowl kicks off on New Years Day in New Orleans at 8:30 p.m. ET.
Rose Bowl - #13 Illinois vs. #7 USC
USC is at home for this game, as they take on the Fighting Illini of Illinois. While the Trojans are the strong favorite to take this game down, the Illini aren't likely to just lay down and die. Quarterback Juice Williams not only has a good name, he also has a good arm. Rashard Mendenhall had a killer season with 16 rushing TDs. But as usual, USC has a stellar offence under Pete Carroll's system. The Illini defense will have a long day trying to stop Fred Davis, who at 6'4 and 250 pounds with speed is no cupcake. But if anyone can handle the challenge it is Illinois - remember they are the sole team to knock off Ohio State this year! The Rose Bowl takes place in Pasadena, CA on New Years Day at 4:30 p.m. ET.
Fiesta Bowl - #9 West Virginia vs. #4 Oklahoma
Although West Virginia head coach Rich Rodriguez recently announced he was heading to Michigan next season, he still has one order of business to take care of - beat Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl. Rodriguez has pulled an upset before when his West Virginia Mountaineers defeated Georgia in the 2005 Sugar Bowl. This time he'll have to deal with a loaded Sooners squad led by tailback Andy Patrick and receiver Juaquin Iglesias. But the Mountaineers have some offensive guns of their own in quarterback Pat White, runningback Steve Slaton and wide receiver Darius Reynaud. Oklahoma has a far superior offensive line, so the Sooners are the favorite to take this game. The Fiesta Bowl takes place in Tucson on January, 2, 2008 at 8 p.m. ET.
Orange Bowl – #5 Virginia Tech vs. #8 Kansas
Kansas certainly made some noise this season, with its 11-1 year. Their high octane offense topped the Big 12 in scoring with a 44.3 points per game average. But they haven't faced a team quite as fast as Virginia Tech. The Hokies have won five straight games thanks to the strong quarterback play of Sean Glennon. Virginia Tech also has a very strong defense powered by cornerbacks Dexton Fields and Marcus Henry who will make it hard for the Jayhawks to score like they have in the past. But if anyone can penetrate that D, it would be running back Brandon McAnderson who led Kansas with 16 rushing TDs. The Orange Bowl takes place in Miami on Monday, January 3, 2008 at 8 p.m. ET.
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