I skipped the last couple weeks because in general, conference championship games shouldn't be ugly. The pickings are slimmer for bad bowl matchups than in, say, week 11 of the season, but with 34 games to pick from (it's highly likely that I can't count, as well), there are some options to choose from.
Recap of week 13:Washington
crushed Washington State
30-0. The Cougars managed 163 yards of offense and punted for 277. Illinois
a good game, but lost 49-36 in game where Illinois had more total offense than the #5 team nationally. And of course, the Lions
lost on Thanksgiving. I like ESPN's NFL stats, they make this easy. Green Bay
both had either 67 or 68 plays. Green Bay
had 422 yards of offense, Detroit
had 272. I need not go any further.
Onto the Bowl preview. This weekend we're treated to Wyoming
v Fresno State
in the "Wyoming is in a Bowl Game?" Bowl, also known as the New Mexico Bowl, or the Play It In A Fricken' Crater Bowl
. Fresno State has been reasonably competitive this year. Wyoming, not so much. Losses to Colorado and a close win over Colorado State. They've been competitive in conference, which a 4-4 conference record shows.
New Year's Eve brings Minnesota
v Iowa State
. Both teams have losing records in-conference. Iowa State is the same Iowa State that beat Nebraska 9-7 after Nebraska turned the ball over 8 times. Nebraska never punted, because they were too busy fumbling and throwing interceptions. Minnesota has lost to Illinois, beaten MSU, lost to Wisconsin and beaten Purdue. So, typical average Big Ten team versus schizophrenic Big 12 team.
Saturday, January 2nd brings us the International Bowl. I'd watch South Florida
play Northern Illinois
if it was announced by Christopher Walken, but sadly, that's The Continental
, not the International. But, it's in Toronto in The Dome Formerly Known As SkyDome, so maybe they will be required to announce the game in English and French. Just sleep in.