Oh, Indiana. No.
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl: Ohio University Bobcats vs. Nevada Wolf Pack
Albertsons Stadium, Boise, ID
2:30pm | ESPN | Ohio -8 | O/U 59.5
After losing three hard-fought bowl games between 2013 and 2016, Ohio has found its postseason stride under Frank Solich, pasting UAB 41-6 in the 2017 Bahamas Bowl and following that up with an incredibly impressive 27-0 shutout of San Diego State in Frisco last year.
Honestly, this is Nevada coach Jay Norvell’s second consecutive bowl game, and I could not have told you the Pack won last year’s Arizona Bowl 16-13 in overtime (which seems like a memorable game)! On top of that, after going 7-5 (4-4) this year, Norvell fired DC Jeff Casteel and hired Sacramento State HC Jody Sears to be his new DC for the bowl game! Oh, and three Nevada players are completely suspended and another suspended for a half for this shitshow at the end of the Battle for the Fremont Cannon (which the Pack lost to UNLV):
That’s excellent. Let’s get weird on the Smurf Turf.
In actual players-on-the-field news, we’ve got one last chance to appreciate do-it-all Ohio QB Nathan Rourke (61.4% for 2676 yards, 20:5 TD:INT; 144 rushes for 780 and 12 TDs). He’s joined in a dynamic backfield by O’Shaan Allison (6.4 ypc, 6 TDs) and De’Montre Tuggle (6.0 ypc, 10 TDs, an excellent name), and that backfield should be able to run on a Wolf Pack defense that yields 4.2 ypc and will miss two of its top four tacklers to suspension. The Pack, to their credit, can usually turn a game into a shitshow with the Matt Mumme-led Air Raid offense, though RB Toa Taua is a scrappy runner, too.
Ultimately, it’s one of our last times this season to come together and watch bad football at weird times of the day, and what more can we ask for than that?
My Pick: Ohio (1 pt)
Big Ten Hoops
Wisconsin Badgers at #5 Ohio State Buckeyes
6pm | FS1 | OSU -10 | O/U 124
Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Nebraska Cornhuskers
7pm | BTN | RU -2.5 | O/U 141.5
Wright State Raiders at Oakland Golden Grizzlies
6pm | ESPNU | Wright -3.5 | O/U 137
Toledo Rockets at Ball State Cardinals
6pm | CBSSN | Balls -3 | O/U 135
UCF Knights at Houston Cougars
6pm | ESPN2 | Hou -10.5 | O/U 133
Northern Kentucky Norse at Detroit Titans
6pm | ESPN3 | NKU -4.5 | O/U 143.5
Illinois-Chicago Flames at Green Bay Phoenix
7pm | ESPN3 | GB -5.5 | O/U 156.5
IUPUI Jaguars at Milwaukee Panthers
7pm | ESPN3 | Milw -9 | O/U 144.5
Georgetown Hoyas at Seton Hall Pirates
8pm | FS1
Kent State Golden Flashes at Bowling Green Falcons
8pm | CBSSN | BGSU -3 | O/U 146.5
Temple Owls at Tulsa Golden Hurricane
8pm | ESPNU | Tem -2 | O/U 135
Open thread for the day’s action. Behave yourselves.