Insight.com Bowl

December 26, 1998

No. 23 Missouri (7-4) vs. West Virginia (8-3)

When: Tonight, 8.

Where: Tucson, Ariz.

TV: ESPN.

Line: Missouri by 3 1/2 .

Series record: Tied 2-2.

Outlook: The Tigers may be the best four-loss team in recent history. They nearly upset heavyweights Kansas State, Nebraska and Texas A&M, and led Ohio State at halftime. Electrifying senior QB Corby Jones salvages broken plays and improvises well. Powerful TB Devin West, a second team All-American, has 1,578 yards rushing and 17 TDs. The Mountaineers were largely forgotten after a season-opening defeat against Ohio State and losses to Miami and Virginia Tech. But they closed with four straight impressive victories, including a win over Big East-champion Syracuse. Junior TB Amos Zereoue is explosive and slippery. Marc Bulger, who may be the most underrated quarterback in the country, has passed for 3,178 yards and 27 TDs. WR David Saunders has 69 catches.

Pub Date: 12/26/98

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