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THE WEEKS AHEAD
Julia Morrill
December 29, 2003
WHAT TO WATCH AND WATCH FOR
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December 29, 2003

The Weeks Ahead

WHAT TO WATCH AND WATCH FOR

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SATURDAY 27

CONTINENTAL TIRE BOWL PITTSBURGH (8-4) VS. VIRGINIA (7-5)
ESPN2 11 AM
Pittsburgh receiver Larry Fitzgerald missed the Heisman but could have a thrilling finish: UVA's passing defense is 62nd in the nation.

?NO. 20 LOUISVILLE VS. NO. 2 KENTUCKY
CBS 5 PM
Louisville's Rick Pitino faces the team he led to three Final Fours.

MONDAY 29

MASTERCARD ALAMO BOWL MICHIGAN STATE (8-4) VS. NO. 22 NEBRASKA (9-3)
ESPN 9 PM
Nebraska's head coach, Frank Solich, was fired three weeks ago. Defensive coordinator Bo Pelini is a candidate to take over as the Cornhuskers try to stop Michigan State quarterback Jeff Smoker, who completed 29 of 50 passes for 357 yards and four TDs in his final regular-season game.

TUESDAY 30

EVI. NET HOUSTON BOWL NAVY (8-4) VS. TEXAS TECH (7-5)
ESPN 4:30 PM
Navy, which leads the nation in rushing (326.1 yards a game) is in its first bowl game since '96.

?PACIFIC LIFE HOLIDAY BOWL NO. 5 TEXAS (10-2) VS. NO. 15 WASHINGTON STATE (9-3)
ESPN 8 PM
The Longhorns are the best of the non-BCS teams.

THURSDAY 1

CAPITAL ONE BOWL NO. 11 GEORGIA VS. NO 12 PURDUE
ABC 1 PM
Mascot of the year will be announced at halftime; Georgia's Hairy Dawg has a shot.

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