Inside the College Bowl Matchups

Updated: January 2, 2004, 3:13 PM ET

The 2003-04 college bowl season starts and ends in New Orleans, and ESPN Insider brings you the most in-depth scouting reports available on each and every game. Go inside the key matchups, injuries and strategies with ESPN Insider.

Podolsky's Picks
After a season in which he went 80-63-3 picking college games for Insider, Rich Podolsky checks in with a look at the final batch of bowl games. Check out why he thinks Florida State and LSU are the best plays of the year.
  • Podolsky's Picks
  • SBC Cotton Bowl Classic
    Friday, Jan. 2, 2 p.m. ET
    OKLAHOMA STATE (9-3) vs. MISSISSIPPI (9-3)
    Oklahoma State must find a way to shut down Eli Manning, who will be playing in his final game at Ole Miss.

    Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl
    Friday, Jan. 2, 4:30 p.m. ET (ESPN)
    TENNESSEE (10-2) vs. CLEMSON (8-4)
    Tennessee, which was embarrassed in this game last year, has much more incentive to play well this time around.

    Tostitos Fiesta Bowl
    Friday, Jan. 2, 8 p.m. ET (ABC)
    KANSAS STATE (11-3) vs. OHIO STATE (10-2)
    Ohio State and Kansas State have taken two completely different paths to the Fiesta Bowl.

    Humanitarian Bowl
    Saturday, Jan. 3, noon ET (ESPN)
    GEORGIA TECH (6-6) vs. TULSA (8-4)
    Tulsa underwent one of the best turnarounds in the country this season and will face a struggling Georgia Tech team.

    Nokia Sugar Bowl
    Sunday, Jan. 4, 8 p.m. ET (ABC)
    OKLAHOMA (12-1) vs. LSU (12-1)
    The similarities between LSU and Oklahoma are frightening and should make for an evenly matched game.


    New Orleans Bowl
    Tuesday, Dec. 16
    MEMPHIS 27 vs. NORTH TEXAS 17

    GMAC Bowl
    Thursday, Dec. 18
    MIAMI (OHIO) 49, LOUISVILLE 28

    Tangerine Bowl
    Monday, Dec. 22
    N.C. STATE 56, KANSAS 26

    Fort Worth Bowl
    Tuesday, Dec. 23
    BOISE STATE 34, TCU 31

    Las Vegas Bowl
    Wednesday, Dec. 24
    OREGON STATE 55, NEW MEXICO 14

    Hawaii Bowl
    Thursday, Dec. 25
    HAWAII 54, HOUSTON 48 (OT)

    Motor City Bowl
    Friday, Dec. 26
    BOWLING GREEN 28, NORTHWESTERN 24

    Insight Bowl
    Friday, Dec. 26
    CALIFORNIA 52, VIRGINIA TECH 49

    Continental Tire Bowl
    Saturday, Dec. 27
    VIRGINIA 23, PITTSBURGH 16

    MasterCard Alamo Bowl
    Monday, Dec. 29
    NEBRASKA 17, MICHIGAN STATE 3

    EV1.Net Houston Bowl
    Tuesday, Dec. 30
    TEXAS TECH 38, NAVY 14

    Pacific Life Holiday Bowl
    Tuesday, Dec. 30
    WASHINGTON STATE 28, TEXAS 20

    Silicon Valley Football Classic
    Tuesday, Dec. 30
    FRESNO STATE 17, UCLA 9

    Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl
    Wednesday, Dec. 31
    AUBURN 28, WISCONSIN 14

    Wells Fargo Sun Bowl
    Wednesday, Dec. 31
    MINNESOTA 31, OREGON 30

    AXA Liberty Bowl
    Wednesday, Dec. 31
    UTAH 17, SOUTHERN MISS 0

    Mainstay Independence Bowl
    Wednesday, Dec. 31
    ARKANSAS 27, MISSOURI 14

    Diamond Walnut San Francisco Bowl
    Wednesday, Dec. 31
    BOSTON COLLEGE 35, COLORADO STATE 21

    Outback Bowl
    Thursday, Jan. 1
    IOWA 37, FLORIDA 17

    Toyota Gator Bowl
    Thursday, Jan. 1
    MARYLAND 41, WEST VIRGINIA 7

    Capital One Bowl
    Thursday, Jan. 1
    GEORGIA 34, PURDUE 27, OT

    Rose Bowl Presented By CITI
    Thursday, Jan. 1
    USA 28, MICHIGAN 14

    FedEx Orange Bowl
    Thursday, Jan. 1
    MIAMI 16, FLORIDA STATE 14

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