The college bowl season is here! This weekend we get two bowl games to kick things off, with a pair of talented running backs highlighting the Gildan New Mexico Bowl and a clash of MACtion vs stout defense in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.
The fun is about to get started in a big way this bowl season, and we’ll try to cover as much of it as possible right here.
To kick things off here is a brief preview of each bowl game being played Saturday, along with a podcast conversation about each at the bottom.
Gildan New Mexico Bowl
Saturday, December 15, 2012
1 p.m. ET, ESPN
Nevada Wolfpack (7-5, 4-4 MWC) vs. Arizona Wildcats (7-5, 4-5 Pac 12)
The first game on the bowl schedule this season should be dandy if you are a fan of running backs.
This game will feature two of the top running backs in the nation, with Arizona’s Ka’Deem Carey being named first-team All-American by the Associated Press and Nevada’s Stefphon Jefferson being named third-team All-American on Tuesday.
Carey ended the regular season leading the Pac 12 in rushing with 1,757 yards and 20 touchdowns and Jefferson led the Mountain West Conference with 1,703 yards and 22 touchdowns. With both teams showing some signs of struggling up front on defense, this could be a huge afternoon for two terrific running backs.
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl
Saturday, December 15, 2012
4:30 p.m. ET, ESPN
Toledo (9-3, 6-2 MAC) vs. Utah State (10-2, 6-0 WAC)
Utah State, last year’s leading cause of heartburn in the state of Utah, is back in Boise and looking to leave the blue turf with an elusive win. The Aggies have not won a bowl game since 1993, as a member of the Big West.
With a dynamic quarterback in Chuckie Keeton leading an offense built more on methodically moving the football rather than going for the big play, featuring running back Kerwynn Williams doing a little bit of everything, and one of the stingiest defenses in the country, we should have a good battle with Toledo from the MAC.
Toledo’s defense is led by linebacker Dan Molls, with 166 tackles on the year, but the secondary is among the best in the nation with 17 interceptions and four touchdowns.
Previewing these two games and even briefly dabbling in the FCS Final Four is Kyle Kensing from Saturday Blitz and Arizona Desert Swarm. Kensing is a member of the Football Writers Association of America, along with host Kevin McGuire, and created The Detmer Award.
The Detmer Award was recently awarded to Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch. We discuss the origin of The Detmer Award, Lynch’s award-worthy season, and take a look at each of the four schools playing in a bowl game this weekend. We close with a quick hit on the FCS Final Four.
Defending champion North Dakota State looks to move back to the championship game this weekend with a Final Four rematch with Georgia Southern. In the other match-up, we have 2010 national champion Eastern Washington hosting last year’s runner-up from Sam Houston State.