Bowl talk, Heisman talk and a crazy suggestion

Lee Corso answers questions about bowl season and the Heisman Trophy in the season's final installment of Lee-Mail

Originally Published: December 11, 2002
By Lee Corso | Special to ESPN.com

Will Virginia Tech be able to stop the Air Force triple option attack in the San Francisco Bowl?
Big B, Blacksburg, Va.

Air Force has an offense that is difficult to stop with one week to prepare, but the advantage Virginia Tech has is that the Hokies have three weeks to get ready. That will help VT stop that triple option and put some pressure on AFA quarterback Chance Harridge.

Editor's Note
Lee Corso and the rest of the GameDay crew can't get to every campus this season, so ESPN.com has given fans another option: It's called "Lee-Mail." Lee has an opinion on just about anything related to college football. So, go ahead and send him a question. He'll answer questions each Wednesday during the season in "Lee-Mail."

How do you see Oklahoma's defensive secondary performing against Jason Gesser and company in the Rose Bowl?
Jody Davis, Owasso, Okla.

If there is a chance for Washington State in this game it rests with their big, tall wideouts against the OU corners, because the Sooners were exposed while giving up eight touchdown passes in their two losses. But Oklahoma has a lot of time to get ready, and the last time they played a good passing team in a bowl the Sooners shut down FSU and won the national championship in the 2000 Orange Bowl. Mike Stoops, Brent Venables and the defensive staff can come up with some pretty good plans.

Coach, Will Arizona State be able to compete with Kansas State, which was one of the hottest teams in the country at the end of the season and got snubbed by the BCS?
Dustin Beshears, Sunbright, Tenn.

There is no question KSU is good enough to be in a BCS bowl, but the problem is the Wildcats lost two games. I know they beat one of the teams ahead of them, two-loss USC, but the Trojans had one of the toughest schedules in the nation while Kansas Sate played a soft early schedule. As far as Arizona State goes, the Sun Devils have a great quarterback in Andrew Walter and a terrific defender in Terrell Suggs and they can play with anyone when they get hot.

Avon Cobourne
Avon Cobourne has rushed for over 1,000 yards in each of his four college seasons.
Lee, would you say that the Continental Tire Bowl will turn out to be a higher-profile bowl? After all, it matches up the No. 2 teams from the ACC and the Big East with West Virginia and Virginia.
David, Charlottesville, Va.

The thing I like about this one is that it is an interstate rivalry and the schools are close to one another. This will be a terrific game. I like the fact that Virginia can score, but the WVU running game is tough to stop and Avon Cobourne is one of the best players in the nation.

Does Michigan have a chance in the Outback Bowl with John Navarre playing a good game and the defense shutting down the passing attack of Rex Grossman?
Brad Mizsak, Indianapolis, Ind.

Michigan' secondary has never seen a quarterback in the Big Ten who can throw like Grossman. The Wolverines will have a problem with that, but the problem for Florida is that the Gators have not run the ball well this year and are one-dimensional on offense. That will help Michigan gang up on the pass. I was impressed with the way Michigan played against OSU and Navarre will be all right in this game, but he won't be the key. Pass defense will be.

Lee, as powerful as Miami is it seemed to have some trouble with West Virginia, Pittsburgh, Virginia Tech and even Rutgers this year. Are the Canes really as good as their record indicates or is the rest of the Big East elevating itself?
Bill Richards, Moundsville, W.Va.

Miami is very good, and the Big East has gotten a lot better in recent years. The bottom part of the conference is still bad, but the teams in the middle of the pack are much better, particularly in the cases of Pittsburgh and West Virginia.

Why isn't Quentin Griffin of OU getting any Heisman talk? He has rushed for more yards than Willis McGahee of Miami (1,450-1,347) and has more yards per carry than Chris Brown of Colorado (6.84-6.34), and he has rushed for 100 or more yards in nine straight games against Big 12 opponents.
Brandon Amaya, Edmond, Okla.

I couldn't agree more that Griffin deserves more hype. He was on my list early, but then dropped off when some quarterbacks started to make moves. There's no question Quentin got too little publicity, because he deserved a lot. He stacks up well against just about any other running back in the nation.

Mr. Corso, will you please help me and my friends settle an argument. I say that the Miami Hurricanes can beat a low-end team from the NFL. Do you agree or not?
Robert McHugh, Columbia, S.C.

LUDICROUS! As bad as some of the teams in the NFL seem to be, they all have way more talent than any college. No chance!

Lee Corso is an analyst for ESPN College GameDay. His "Lee-Mail" column appears every Wednesday.

Lee Corso

College Football analyst
Lee Corso, one of college football's most knowledgeable, opinionated and entertaining analysts, is a game analyst for the Thursday night telecasts and a studio analyst for College GameDay. Corso joined ESPN in 1987 after 28 years of football coaching experience.

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