Southern Mississippi vs. Utah

Originally Published: December 11, 2003
By Football Scouts, Inc. | For ESPN Insider

Editor's note: Football Scouts, Inc., breaks down the match-ups in all 28 college bowls games, exclusively for ESPN Insider.

Why to watch
In the 45th edition of the Liberty Bowl, Conference USA champion Southern Miss faces off against Utah, which finished atop of the Mountain West Conference. The Utes, who were coming off a 5-6 season, won their first outright conference championship since 1957 and will appear in the Liberty Bowl for just their second time in school history. Utah's 9-2 record ties it for the second-most wins in school history, which is a testament to first-year coach Urban Meyer, who is one of the "hottest" young coaches in the college ranks.