Thursday, January 10, 2008


the Poinsettia Bowl
Thursday, December 20th, 9:00pm
San Diego, California
(8-4)_____Mtn West____213.09
WeekOpponentoPtsRes, ScoreWeekOpponentoPtsRes, Score
12New Mexico154.27W, 28-105Air Force233.04W, 31-20
8@ Texas Christian152.78W, 27-207@ Pittsburgh76.94W, 48-45
3UCLA117.96W, 44-610@ Notre Dame-135.92W, 46-44
6@ Louisville106.21W, 44-351@ Temple-154.46W, 30-19
11Wyoming-10.46W, 50-014@ Army-176.1W, 38-3
7San Diego State-84.17W, 23-74Duke-205.27W, 46-43
9@ Colorado State-109.69W, 27-312Northern Illinois-277.36W, 35-24
5Utah State-209.2W, 34-1811@ North Texas-309.82W, 74-62
13@ Brigham Young341.36L, 10-178Wake Forest245.34L, 24-44
2Air Force233.04L, 12-202@ Rutgers146.23L, 24-41
1@ Oregon State209.72L, 7-243Ball State70.73L, 31-34
4@ Nevada-Las Vegas-178.3L, 0-279Delaware-L, 52-59

Same W-L record for these two, but Utah definitely has the edge from playing (and beating) tougher teams. They only lost one bad one to UNLV, while the only decent team Navy beat was Air Force. Losing to DI-AA Delaware really hurts the Midshipman's case too. To their credit, Navy was able to put lots of points on the board, even in their losses.

Both teams have gone upward in the last half of the season, but the Utes have surged ever since week 4, their only blemish being the loss to BYU in the last week of their season.

Intangibles: Navy's coach is now at Georgia Tech, leaving them interim'd for their bowl - not usually a good thing. Utah know's how to prepare for a bowl too, having beaten Georgia Tech, Pitt, and USC to take their bowl-streak to 6 wins.

The Line: Navy +8

The Story: Navy's Run O vs Utah's D. Can the Utes stop the Midshipmen from running all over the field with their triple-spread option? Probably.

The Call: Utah by 10

The Result: Utah 35-32 = Much more entertaining that anticipated, which hopefully bodes well for the bowl season as a whole.

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