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Saturday, January 3, 2009
International Bowl preview


Posted by ESPN.com's Brian Bennett

A brief primer on Saturday's International Bowl between Connecticut and Buffalo (ESPN2, Noon, ET):

What to watch: Which team's style will win out? Buffalo likes to score a lot of points and get into track meets, letting Drew Willy fling it and James Starks run it. Connecticut prefers much more of a controlled pace behind the running of Donald Brown. If Buffalo has its way, the Huskies might not have enough firepower to keep up.

Who to watch: Brown is the obvious star for UConn and needs just 178 yards to reach 2,000 for the season. But keep an eye on Connecticut quarterback Tyler Lorenzen. The Huskies' quarterback play has been awful much of the season, and Lorenzen needs to have a good game to give his team a shot.

Why to watch: It's the only bowl game on all day, so if you need your college football fix, this is it. It's also the final game for the Big East until next August.