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NCAA Football Bowl Previews: Beef O'Bradys, MAACO, Poinsettia

Beef O’ Bradys Bowl, Tuesday: 8PM Eastern

Southern Miss (8-4) v. Louisville (6-6)

The Pinkie’s UofL crew is all over the Cards date with the Golden Eagles in St. Pete. Check out the coverage here. 2010 will be the third time for this game, with the Big East winning each of the first two meetings.

MAACO Bowl, Wednesday: 8PM

Utah (10-2) v. Boise State (11-1)

The best matchup of the early bowl season takes place in Vegas between one team that is leaving the Mountain West and another that will be joining it. Boise was in prime position for another BCS bid until those two late-game field goal misses against Nevada thwarted the dream season. Now they find themselves on the under card of the bowl roster, squaring off against a solid Utes squad that started the season 8-0 before dropping back-to-back games to TCU and Notre Dame. Kellen Moore and the second ranked Boise offense will try and stop Utah from winning an impressive ninth strait bowl game.

Poinsettia Bowl, Thursday: 8PM

Navy (9-3) v. San Diego State (8-4)

San Diego State, whose four losses were by a combined 15 points, gets to stay home and play the Midshipmen in Qualcomm Stadium. The Middies will be looking to post a second strait season of 10 wins, which has never happened in the Naval Academy’s history. It’s the final game for Navy’s senior QB Ricky Dobbs, who is a wizard in the team’s option attack. The Aztecs, under former Ball State coach Brady Hoke, have been one of the better turnaround stories in college football this year. They hadn’t seen a winning season since 1998.

Hawaii Bowl, Friday: 8PM

Hawaii (10-3) v. Tulsa (9-3) 

In the nine years of the Hawaii Bowl’s existence, the Rainbow Warriors have played in the game six times. This year’s Christmas eve installment is no different, although the Golden Hurricane will be coming to the island for the first time. Tulsa, which has the smallest enrollment of any division 1-A football school, is led by QB G.J. Kinne, who ran the Golden Hurricane’s spread attack well enough to earn C-USA Offensive Player of the Year honors. Hawaii wound up in a three-way tie atop the WAC standings, thanks primarily to an offense that averaged just a tick under 40 points a game.

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