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Monday, December 1, 2008
Big Ten lunchtime links: Bowl lobbying continues

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

Bowls are the main course today, with a side of links, as always. 

"The biggest challenge we have is our home attendance record," Phillips said. "They look at numbers. It's about selling tickets and people spending money. But [we're saying,] 'Look at how we've traveled over the last five bowls, where Northwestern has done a great job of over-delivering.'"

"The Champs Sports Bowl (Dec. 27, Orlando, Fla.) picks after the Alamo Bowl and it appears the choice will come to UW or Minnesota (7-5). UW won the teams' meeting this season, 35-32; the Gophers lost their final four games, including a 55-0 home drubbing against Iowa; and Minnesota fans travel in small numbers unattractive to bowl scouts."