Southern Mississippi 8-4 vs Fresno State 9-3
Playing on the Island is the "true" bowl experience. The original Aloha Bowl played host to some the nation's most storied programs USC, Notre Dame, Alabama, Georgia, and many others during the 80's and 90's. The Aloha Bowl, and it's sister bowl the Oahu, moved to the mainland after the 2000 season. The Hawaii Bowl emerged in 2002 with Hawaii and the WAC matched up against Conference USA. The home team Warriors have played in every rendition since 02. This matchup could change next year with the Pac 10 possibly filling CUSA's spot, and Hawaii and the WAC staying put. This should be the first year the Warriors fall just short of being bowl eligible for their hometown bowl. The Eagles and the Bulldogs have been two of the better non-BCS schools this decade. Although, each would probably rather play a BCS school, this is a potential matchup of conference runner ups.