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LOOKING AHEAD
Ivan Maisel
December 22, 1997
?I-AA CHAMPIONSHIP: McNEESE STATE (13-1) VS. YOUNGSTOWN STATE (12-2)Sophomore quarterback Blake Prejean came of age last weekend when he drove McNeese State to a game-winning field goal, but the Cowboys can't match the experience of the Penguins, who on Saturday will play in their fifth final of the 1990s and should win their fourth title.
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December 22, 1997

Looking Ahead

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?I-AA CHAMPIONSHIP: McNEESE STATE (13-1) VS. YOUNGSTOWN STATE (12-2)
Sophomore quarterback Blake Prejean came of age last weekend when he drove McNeese State to a game-winning field goal, but the Cowboys can't match the experience of the Penguins, who on Saturday will play in their fifth final of the 1990s and should win their fourth title.

? LAS VEGAS BOWL: OREGON (6-5) VS. AIR FORCE (10-2)
The Falcons are probably the best team in the WAC but find themselves in an outpost bowl. The Ducks, who gave up 58 points to Stanford and 52 to Arizona State, don't figure to stop quarterback Blane Morgan and the Air Force option.

?ALOHA BOWL: WASHINGTON (7-4) VS. MICHIGAN STATE (7-4)
Five weeks off have healed the beat-up Huskies, who ended with three straight losses. The Spartans want to redeem a season that went awry, but if they lost focus last year in El Paso—a 38-0 Sun Bowl pounding from Stanford—what chance do they have in Hawaii on Christmas?

?MOTOR CITY BOWL: MARSHALL (10-2) VS. OLE MISS (7-4)
A good matchup: The Thundering Herd moved up from I-AA this year, and the Rebels have only 61 scholarship players after NCAA probation. Ole Miss scrapped to get into this Dec. 26 game, but it's hard to believe the Rebs will have much incentive in a largely empty Silverdome after spending Christmas in Michigan.

?HERITAGE BOWL: SOUTHERN (10-1) VS. SOUTH CAROLINA STATE (9-2)
Southern tailback Steve Wofford (1,274 yards) suffered cracked vertebrae on Nov. 8, but when he's healthy the Jaguars are dominant—and he'll be ready to go on Dec. 27.

?INSIGHT.COM BOWL: NEW MEXICO (9-3) VS. ARIZONA (6-5)
The Lobos' first bowl in 36 years is a Dec. 27 road game in Tucson, where the Wildcats are 10-2 over the last two seasons. Arizona's balanced attack, plus the home field, should be enough.

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