Hooray! One final chance to make fun of TTUN in 2013!
The history: This is the 25th edition of the game. Since it began in 1989, the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl has been played in Arizona at three stadiums. For the first 10 years, the game was played at Arizona Stadium, on the campus of the University of Arizona in Tucson. In 2000, the game was moved to Bank One Ballpark, a baseball-only stadium in Phoenix. In 2006 the game moved to Sun Devil Stadium at Arizona State University in Tempe to replace the Fiesta Bowl which had moved to University of Phoenix Stadium.
The game was formerly known as the Copper Bowl from 1989 until 1996 when sponsorship and naming rights were assumed by Insight Enterprises and it became the Insight.com Bowl (1997 to 2001), and then the Insight Bowl. For 2012, Buffalo Wild Wings assumes sponsorship after Insight Enterprises elected not to renew the fifteen-year agreement. It has featured teams from the WAC, the Big 12, the Big East and Pac-10. Starting in 2006, the Insight Bowl began featuring an annual matchup between teams from the Big Ten and the Big 12.
Kansas State scouting report: After a Fiesta Bowl appearance last season, the Wildcats had high hopes with a high flying offense. But the defense was decimated by graduation and any visions of grandeur were blurred by a 2-4 start. They rebounded to win five of six but only held four opponents under 20 points all season.
Jake Waters sparked the passing offense, completing nearly 60 percent of his throws for almost 2,200 yards. His favorite target was Tyler Lockett, who snatched 71 balls for 1,146 yards and 8 touchdowns. When it came to running from the QB position, Daniel Sams took charge with 784 yards and a team-leading 11 touchdowns. John Hubert led with 968 yards while scoring nine times.
Buckeye Connection: Ohio State is 1-0 against the Wildcats, winning the 2004 Fiesta Bowl 35-28.
Michigan scouting report: Who cares? Seriously, it’s been another one of those seasons for TTUN. It began with high expectations and featured a national ranking as high as 11 but disappointments on the field including near losses to Akron and UConn and another loss to Ohio State quieted fans of the maize and blue. After winning 11 games in Brady Hoke’s first season, the Wolverettes won eight in his second year and seven this season including a 3-5 record in the conference.
Devin Gardner is a capable quarterback. Statistically one of the best Michigan has had. But the injury suffered in the Ohio State game will keep him from starting. Michigan’s offensive line is horrible despite it’s showing against OSU and it’s defense stinks. The Buckeyes were among the many teams to gash the D-line and linebacking crew.
Buckeye Connection: Ohio State is 44-58-6 against TTUN but we all know OSU has dominated the series under Jim Tressel and Urban Meyer.
Predictions: Here’s what we think will happen:
I expected Kansas State to win the game before Gardner’s status was in doubt. Now it’s even more likely to be a K-State win. Neither team can play a lick of defense. The key will be offense. Kansas State has it. Michigan doesn’t.