Thursday, January 10, 2008

East Carolina-Boise State

the Hawaii Bowl
Sunday, December 23rd, 8:00pm
Honolulu, Hawaii
East Carolina
(7-5)_____Conf USA____89.72
Boise State
WeekOpponentoPtsRes, ScoreWeekOpponentoPtsRes, Score
6Central Florida266.42W, 52-389@ Fresno State151.92W, 34-21
5@ Houston111.86W, 37-357Nevada54.01W, 69-67
10@ Memphis21.53W, 56-405Southern Mississippi53.31W, 38-16
2North Carolina7.58W, 34-313Wyoming-10.46W, 24-14
7@ Texas-El Paso-110.58W, 45-428@ Louisiana Tech-48.56W, 45-31
13Tulane-144.98W, 35-1210San Jose State-53.89W, 42-7
9Alabama-Birmingham-232.53W, 41-66New Mexico State-156.16W, 58-0
1@ Virginia Tech439.86L, 7-1711@ Utah State-209.20W, 52-0
4@ West Virginia364.93L, 7-4812Idaho-335.67W, 58-14
3Southern Mississippi53.31L, 21-281Weber State-W, 56-7
8North Carolina State34.24L, 20-3413@ Hawaii395.58L, 27-39
11@ Marshall-158.83L, 7-262@ Washington-9.10L, 10-24

Boise State has the lead here, not only having a better record but also having played in Hawaii less than a month ago. The only blemish on the Bronco's record is an somewhat unexplainable loss to Washington in September.

Intangibles: Everyone still remembers what Boise State did to Oklahoma last year in one of the greatest bowl games ever. Will their hearts be in Hawaii this year?

The Line: East Carolina +11

The Story: Can East Carolina score? To have any shot at all they'll need to - their D has given up a ton of points this year.

The Call: Boise State by 14

The Result: East Carolina 41-38 = Well done, Pirates. Boise State's D isn't too shabby, but East Carolina just stepped on the gas from the start.

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