Wednesday, Novemeber 28, 2001 Volume 67, Issue 67



Cardinals in Liberty Bowl

C-USA Football Update

Christian Schmidt

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. Guidugli's 13-yard
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 as mud.

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 team.

The 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. 29.

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.

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