The college bowl season continues tonight as the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl looks to battle the NFL for viewers’ attention. And it has a pretty good match-up…last year’s bowl game darlings, Boise State University, going up against East Carolina University.
Here’s how the teams stack up, as told by the local media that covers them…
Boise State University (10-2)
The Broncos shocked the college football world last year with its stunning overtime win over Oklahoma. This year the Broncos still had a solid season, falling short to WAC champion Hawaii. You can find out quite a bit about the Bronco football team from their page on the Boise State Athletic website.
The Idaho Statesman is the leading newspaper in Boise. Like many papers of its size, there is considerable coverage of the Broncos in its sports section, including special online content focusing exclusively on the University. Included in its coverage is a blog entitled Bronco Beat.
Other than the Statesman’s blog, Bronco State Fans.com seems to be a good place for independent coverage of the team.
East Carolina University (7-5)
The Conference USA entrant had an up and down season and like other teams are happy to be playing in late December. The Pirates spend a good portion of their Athletic Department website on this game. The East Carolinian covers the team on campus. University radio station WZMB does not appear to provide much in terms of covering the game.
There is no sports radio station in the Greenville market, although game broadcasts can be heard on WSFL-FM.
There does not appear to be any Pirate-specific fan blogs on the web but, as always, if I am wrong, please correct me though the comments.
Ratings for this game should be low because of the Skins/Vikings contest being played at the same time over on NBC. But if you have a chance, take a peek…if for nothing else to revel in the wonder of the temperate Hawaiian weather.
By the way, I hope you visit these sites for post-game analysis. It’s a good way to see how sports media across the country cover their teams.