Sunday, December 6, 2009
Roady's Humanitarian Bowl
By Graham Watson
Idaho (7-5) vs. Bowling Green (7-5)
Dec. 30, 4:30 p.m. (ESPN)
This bowl is an offense lover's dream.
Both teams have potent offenses that feature great quarterbacks and several key playmakers.
The player to watch in this game is Biletnikoff finalist Freddie Barnes, who leads the nation in receptions per game and is second in the country in receiving yards per game. Barnes has accounted for eight 100-yard games and eight times he’s had double-digit receptions.
But Idaho is just as effective offensively. The Vandals rank 10th in the nation in total offense. Quarterback Nathan Enderle, who missed two games because of injury, has thrown for 2,666 yards, the most ever in his career and was second in the WAC in passing offense and passing efficiency behind Boise State’s Kellen Moore.
The Roady’s Humanitarian Bowl, which is in Boise, is located about 300 miles south of Moscow, Idaho, where the University of Idaho is located. Since this is the Vandals’ first bowl since 1998, it’s likely that several Idaho fans will be making the trip, which will mean a home atmosphere for Idaho.
But Bowling Green has been on a tear. Since going into its bye week 3-5, the Falcons have won four straight to get themselves into a bowl game for only the second time since 2004.