Day 2 of the Long March: New Orleans Bowl open chat
by Bob Timmermann
Really, you're going to watch this? Memphis (7-5) versus Florida Atlantic (7-5). Good for you.
Florida Atlantic, in its third season of Division I-A football, won the Sun Belt Conference this year and that gave them a spot in the first of three bowl games to be played in the Lousiaina Superdome this season. The Owls, in their brief history, have won only one game against a team from a BCS conference and that was Minnesota this year. Florida Atlantic also beat Hawai'i in 2004.
Memphis is 5-1 alltime in bowl games. Their first win was in the 1952 Burley Bowl (burley is a type of tobacco grown in the area) over East Tennessee State. That was played in Johnson City, Tennesee. Then there was the Tigers trip to Pasadena in 1971 to play in the Rose Bowl. Except it wasn't for the Rose Bowl, but rather the Pasadena Bowl on December 18, and Memphis (then Memphis State) beat San Jose State, 28-9.
The Tigers won the New Orleans Bowl in 2003 over North Texas State, then lost to Bowling Green in the 2004 GMAC Bowl, and beat Akron in the 2005 Motor City Bowl.