Cardinals in Liberty Bowl
C-USA Football Update
The Conference USA season ends this week
and it is time to look ahead to postseason play. For four lucky teams,
that means looking ahead to a bowl
game. For the rest of the conference's
teams, it is time to shift their gazes to spring practice and ponder what
next season might bring.
Louisville officially became the C-USA
champion despite losing to Texas Christian in the Cardinals' season finale.
Four teams form a logjam behind Louisville
in second place and six teams, including the Cardinals, could be eligible
for bowl bids when the dust
Cincinnati freshman quarterback Gino Guidugli
led a fourth-quarter comeback to secure a 36-34 win over Memphis on Saturday.
touchdown pass with four seconds on the
clock earned Cincinnati its sixth win of the year and made the team bowl-eligible.
Southern Miss became bowl-eligible for
the eighth consecutive season with a 28-21 win at East Carolina.
The bowl situation for C-USA is as murky
What is clear is that Louisville wrapped
up a berth in the Liberty Bowl against Brigham Young.
The GMAC Bowl in Mobile, Ala., on Dec.
19 owns the second choice among C-USA teams. The bowl could go in a number
of directions, but
Alabama-Birmingham and Southern Mississippi
would seem to make the most sense, because of their proximity to Mobile
and the regional rivalry.
East Carolina remains a dark horse to secure
a GMAC Bowl bid against Toledo, the Mid-American Conference's second- place
The Galleryfurniture.com Bowl, played Dec.
28 at the Astrodome, claims the C-USA third-place team. Bowl officials
will probably take Southern Miss or
UAB, whichever team the GMAC bowl doesn't
take. Kansas State, the seventh team in the Big 12, is the probable opponent.
Cincinnati should take on Marshall, the
top team in the Mid American Conference, in the Motor City Bowl on Dec.
Things could get even more interesting
if TCU can defeat Southern Miss when they play Dec. 7. The win would make
TCU bowl eligible, though the
Horned Frogs' chances of securing a bid
would still be mighty slim.