College Bowl Season Kicks Off Tonight With Utah vs. Navy (Bowl schedule follows)

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Number 1 nationally rated rushing attack

Pointsetta Bowl (9:00 EST, ESPN)

Rece Davis (play by play), Mark May (color) and Lou Holtz (analyst), Rob Stone sideline reporting.

Utah 8-4 (9-3 all time in bowls) Head Coach Kyle Whittingham (3rd year 23-14) vs.

Navy 8-4 (6-6-1 all time in bowls) Head Coach Ken Niumantalolo (1st game as a head coach)
First match up between the schools

The Utes, coached by Kyle Whittingham, have won their last 6 bowls (5 straight appearances) dating back to 1999. Their current run is the 2nd longest streak in the nation. The Utes’ #2 nationally rated pass defense will be tested to stop Navy’s prolific triple option offense which led the nation in rushing. Louie Sakoda, the Mountain West Conference special teams player of the year–second straight–is the Utes most decorated player (punter, place kicker). The offense is led by tailback Darrell Mack (1128 yds. rushing and 13 total tds).

The Midshipmen are coached by longtime Navy assistant and 1st year head coach Ken Niumatalolo–the first Samoan head coach on any collegiate level. Niumatalolo replaces Paul Johnson who left Navy for Georgia Tech. Navy averages a shade under 40 points a game and an astounding 351 yards on the ground–which explains why they outscore their opponents by 40 points in the fourth quarter. The rushing attack features a ridiculous 7 runners over 470 yards–led by qb Kaheaku-Enhada, Kaip with 854 yds. and 11 tds.

Navy picks up the yards, but Utah gets the win 35-30.

(Matt Slocum/AP)
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Celebrating last years 25-13 win over Tulsa in Armed Forces Bowl

Other game capsules will be provided on game days.

The 2007-08 bowl schedule (all times Eastern):

2007-08 College Football Bowl Schedule
San Diego Co. Credit Union Poinsettia Dec. 20
9 p.m.
San Diego, Calif. Utah vs. Navy ESPN
R&L Carriers New Orleans Dec. 21
8 p.m.
New Orleans, La. Florida Atlantic vs. Memphis ESPN2
PapaJohn’s.com Dec. 22
1 p.m.
Birmingham, Ala. Cincinnati vs. Southern Miss ESPN2
New Mexico Dec. 22
4:30 p.m.
Albuquerque, N.M. New Mexico vs. Nevada ESPN
Pioneer PureVision Las Vegas Dec. 22
8 p.m.
Las Vegas, Nev. BYU vs. UCLA ESPN
Sheraton Hawaii Dec. 23
8 p.m.
Honolulu, Hawaii East Carolina vs. Boise State ESPN
Motor City Dec. 26
7:30 p.m.
Detroit, Mich. Purdue vs. Central Michigan ESPN
Pacific Life Holiday Dec. 27
8 p.m.
San Diego, Calif. Texas vs. Arizona State ESPN
Champs Sports Dec. 28
5 p.m.
Orlando, Fla. Boston College vs. Michigan State ESPN
Texas Dec. 28
8 p.m.
Houston, Texas TCU vs. Houston NFL
Emerald Dec. 28
8:30 p.m.
San Francisco, Calif. Maryland vs. Oregon State ESPN
Meineke Car Care Dec. 29
1 p.m.
Charlotte, N.C. Wake Forest vs. Connecticut ESPN
AutoZone Liberty Dec. 29
4:30 p.m.
Memphis, Tenn. UCF vs. Mississippi State ESPN
Alamo Dec. 29
8 p.m.
San Antonio, Texas Penn State vs. Texas A&M ESPN
Petro Sun Independence Dec. 30
8 p.m.
Shreveport, La. Colorado vs. Alabama ESPN
Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Dec. 31
12:30 p.m.
Fort Worth, Texas Air Force vs. California ESPN
Sun Dec. 31
2 p.m.
El Paso, Texas South Florida vs. Oregon CBS
Humanitarian Dec. 31
2 p.m.
Boise, Idaho Georgia Tech vs. Fresno State ESPN2
Gaylord Hotels Music City Dec. 31
4 p.m.
Nashville, Tenn. Kentucky vs. Florida State ESPN
Chick-fil-A Dec. 31
7:30 p.m.
Atlanta, Ga. Auburn vs. Clemson ESPN
Insight Dec. 31
TBA
Tempe, Ariz. Indiana vs. Oklahoma State NFL
Outback Jan. 1
11 a.m.
Tampa, Fla. Wisconsin vs. Tennessee ESPN
AT&T Cotton Jan. 1
11:30 a.m.
Dallas, Texas Missouri vs. Arkansas FOX
Gator Jan. 1
1 p.m.
Jacksonville, Fla. Virginia vs. Texas Tech CBS
Capital One Jan. 1
1 p.m.
Orlando, Fla. Michigan vs. Florida ABC
Rose presented by Citi Jan. 1
4:30 p.m.
Pasadena, Calif. USC vs. Illinois ABC
Allstate Sugar Jan. 1
8:30 p.m.
New Orleans, La. Hawaii vs. Georgia FOX
Tostitos Fiesta Jan. 2
8 p.m.
Glendale, Ariz. Oklahoma vs. West Virginia FOX
FedEx Orange Jan. 3
8 p.m.
Miami, Fla. Virginia Tech vs. Kansas FOX
International Jan. 5
12 p.m.
Toronto, Canada Rutgers vs. Ball State ESPN2
GMAC Jan. 6
8 p.m.
Mobile, Ala. Tulsa vs. Bowling Green ESPN
BCS National Championship Jan. 7
8 p.m.
New Orleans, La. Ohio State vs. LSU FOX

8 Responses to “College Bowl Season Kicks Off Tonight With Utah vs. Navy (Bowl schedule follows)”

  1. GrandNubian Says:

    Ok, i can’t get up for this one. Is there an NFL game on NFL network tonight?

  2. I can’t wait to see my boys at UM put a whopping on florida, and at the same time see future UM coach Les whoop OSU’s ass.

    Hey Mizzo, I’m wondering why no interview with Mark May yet. He seems like he shares some of the views of this site.

  3. GN…Steelers at Rams…I’m wit you…I can’ get pumped over Utah & Navy.

  4. I’m with you folks, just wanted something TSF documented. :)

  5. HarveyDent Says:

    I can get up for this because I always like a high scoring game and this one fits the bill. Besides I always root for Navy.

    But since it doesn’t fit anyone on the board’s tastes then go over to the TNT for the requisite double header. Lakers v Cavs, Rockets v Nuggets…smells like good b’ball right there

  6. Bron Bron vs Kobe stacks…mmmm

    Is Tmac still hurt?

  7. Great game with UT vs Navy…while doing the PIP with the NBA and the Duke/Pitt game…strong sports night

  8. Tu van du hoc…

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