Wimprine must avoid mistakes

The GMAC Bowl has become notorious for its shootouts, and don't expected that trend to be reversed.

Originally Published: December 8, 2004
By Todd McShay | Scouts Inc.
The GMAC Bowl is only in its sixth year of existence, but has already produced some memorable games. In 2001, Byron Leftwich rallied Marshall to a win after trailing East Carolina 38-8 at halftime. The following year, John L. Smith announcement at halftime he was leaving Louisville for Michigan State. And last year, Ben Roethlisberger was simply brilliant in his final college game.

Who: Memphis vs. Bowling Green
When: Wed., Dec. 22, 8 p.m. ET (ESPN)
Where: Mobile, Ala.
The Tigers had some unexpected stumbles along the way, but they finished with three consecutive impressive wins to earn a trip to Mobile. Bowling Green failed to reach the MAC championship game, but still earned a stop in the GMAC Bowl thanks to an eight-win season. The Falcons were riding a seven-game winning streak prior to a disappointing loss to Toledo in their regular season finale.

The GMAC Bowl has become notorious for its shootouts. Don't expect that trend to be reversed with two of the nation's top-10 scoring offenses taking the field at Ladd-Peebles Stadium on December 22nd. QB Danny Wimprine has been inconsistent, but he's still a dual-threat who can make Bowling Green pay for overcompensating versus RB DeAngelo Williams. Williams was third in the nation with 166.2 rushing yards per game.

The Falcons might have trouble stopping Memphis, but with Omar Jacobs triggering an offense that finished fourth nationally in scoring, they certainly won't have trouble keeping up.

Todd McShay

ESPN Senior Writer