BOWL PREVIEW: Alamo Bowl
In this day of PetroSun Independence Bowls and Champs Sports Bowls, it's nice to see a bowl without a sponsorship. Even if it's just because they can't manage to drum one up.
Thank you, Alamo Bowl, for saving a Saturday of games shamelessly named after sponsors -- that's you I'm talking about, Meineke Car Care and
Excuse me, can you help me find a sponsor?
Bowl: Alamo Bowl. That's it. Alamo Bowl.
Location: San Antonio
When: Dec. 30, 4:30 p.m. ET, ESPN
Purported reason for existence: To pair the No. 4 or 5 team from the Big Ten with the No. 4 or 5 team from the Big XII.
Real reason for existence: To bring some light to the dank and cavernous Alamodome.
Teams: Texas vs. Iowa
Interest level: The local aquarium. Something you want to see once, but would have to be really impressed with (i.e., the Georgia Aquarium) to look forward to doing again.
Here we have the Drew Tate. It looks nice, but disappears at critical junctures.
Key player for Texas: QB Colt McCoy was only cleared to take the field a week ago. So will the severe pinched nerve hold up? And will the team regret the Oregeron's late-night kidnapping of Jevan Snead? If in his usual, 2,262-yard, 27-TD form, he'll give Iowa a hard time all night.
Key player for Iowa: QB Drew Tate has one more chance to either wow us all with a Heisman-like performance or disappoint us all when it matters most. Maybe both in the same game. So goes the enigma, so goes the team.
Winner: Texas. They're more consistent and, one would think, have a chip on their shoulder after ending up out of the Big XII championship game. Besides, I have learned this year to never, ever expect anything other than utter catastrophe from Iowa.