When the 2010 MAACO Bowl of Boise State vs. Utah takes place tonight, it should be clear that these are two good football schools. The Boise State vs. Utah game is also one that neither school really wants to be a part of, especially with how well they each started the 2010 college football season. Most of the way through the regular season, they were both still undefeated and courting thoughts of a BCS bowl game invite. Things started to fall apart slightly, though, and now they aren’t even playing in one of the bigger bowl games this year.
No disrespect is intended when saying that the MAACO Bowl isn’t one of the better bowl games out there, but the promoters should consider themselves really lucky to have teams of this caliber waiting to play.
Boise State is one of the 10 best teams in college football right now, finishing the season with an 11-1 overall record, but sliding down to the No. 10 ranking at the end of the year. There had been thoughts that they would be playing against either Oregon or Auburn in the BCS National Championship Game, but that evaporated when they fell to Nevada and failed to win the WAC this season.
Utah had the same fate bestowed upon them with a late-season loss to TCU in the MWC, but still were able to finish a strong 10-2 this year. That was only good enough for No. 19 in the final BCS standings, but maybe the school will finally receive more respect if they post a record like this in the Pac-12 Conference next season.
As it is, though, Boise State and Utah have been matched up in what could turn out to be a really great bowl game Wednesday night, and it will get the entire national spotlight to shine in. This could potentially be even better for the players who have aspirations of being selected in the 2011 NFL Draft this summer.
The offense of Boise State might be the most exciting part of Wednesday’s game, as they are the second highest scoring team in college football. They also have the fourth best defense in regard to points against them (just 13.6 per game), but all eyes will be on quarterback Kellen Moore when the Broncos have the ball. He has racked up 3,506 passing yards and 33 touchdowns already this year, and could end up being a first round selection by an NFL team looking for a quarterback in the 2011 NFL Draft.
Don’t sleep on the Utah Utes, though, because they average 35.6 points per game themselves, with sophomore quarterback Jordan Wynn leading the way. For Wynn, this game could turn out to be a great learning experience because he is going to be facing a very good team, much like he will in the Pac-12 Conference all during the 2011 season. Look for Wynn and the multi-headed rushing attack of Utah to put up quite a few points of their own on Wednesday.
The 2010 MAACO Bowl will kick off at 8 p.m. ET Wednesday, Dec. 22, in Las Vegas. It will be telecast live on ESPN, so the entire country should get a look at two of the best teams in college football this year. Light rain is expected, so it could be interesting to see how that plays into the game plans of both sides.