Warm weather biggest highlight of Mizzou and Illinois bowl games
Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert (11) gets past Kansas linebacker Steven Johnson (52) during the first half of their NCAA college football game at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Saturday, Nov. 27, 2010. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner) By Orlin Wagner
Illinois head coach Ron Zook, right, talks to Northwestern head coach Pat Fitzgerald before their NCAA college football game at Wrigley Field in Chicago on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2010. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh) By Nam Y. Huh
Illinois head coach Ron Zook looks around as team warms up before an NCAA college football game against Northwestern at Wrigley Field in Chicago on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2010. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh) By Nam Y. Huh
Illinois head coach Ron Zook walks to the field before an NCAA college football game against Northwestern at Wrigley Field in Chicago on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2010. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh) By Nam Y. Huh
(KMOV)-- In College Football success for most programs is measured in whether your school is one of the 70 teams that make a bowl game. So Illinois and Mizzou can hang their hats on being part of the club in 2010. But as the bowl games were announced there's not a ton to be excited about heading into their respective games.
Let's start with the Missouri Tigers (10-2). First off they have set a school record with their 6th straight bowl appearance. Many Tigers fans are still upset about losing to Texas Tech which cost them a spot in the Big 12 Championship Game, but the team finished strong and closes the regular season ranked No. 12 in the BCS. The problem is their matchup in the Insight Bowl doesn't pit them against a team of their caliber. Mizzou will face Iowa (7-5) at 9 pm on December 28th in Phoenix, Arizona. Iowa has lost its last 3 games after spending much of the season in the top 25. The game will be a border war between the neighboring states so it will be fun in that sense. But Mizzou deserves a better quality opponent like South Carolina, Florida State, or even Boise State. The problem is the bowl games are limited in their choices since conferences have deals with certain bowls. It will be a great trip for Mizzou fans given the weather, and they should see their team roll. The Tigers will be heavy favorites.
Illinois (6-6) heads into its bowl game having lost 3 of 4 including a very disappointing loss to Fresno State (8-4). That game alone leaves Illinois fans with a lot of questions going into the Texas Bowl against Baylor (7-5). The game will be played in Houston, Texas on December 29th at 5 pm. The Illini face a very athletic and dangerous Baylor team playing which is playing its first bowl game since 1994. In full disclosure I am a Baylor alum. So I can tell you the quarterback Robert Griffin III is one of the best in the country. He's athletic and very accurate. Baylor has some other great athletes, but the defense is very suspect. If Illinois gets the offense rolling you could see another game similar to the Illinois/Michigan game which had 132 total points. So like Mizzou fans, Illini fans can can make the trip to Houston for the warmer weather if nothing else.