It starts around 9:15. That’s a bit late, especially after all those cookies and egg nog the past several days.
Jim Polzin did write this in the WI State Journal:
The Guaranteed Rate Bowl offers a pretty appealing matchup between two consistent winners in college football if you look past the mediocre records.
The University of Wisconsin football team is playing in a bowl game for the 21st consecutive season. The Badgers have made an appearance in the Associated Press Top 25 poll in each of the past 26 seasons, finishing in the top 10 seven times during that span.
Oklahoma State’s bowl streak, meanwhile, has reached 17. The Cowboys have spent time in the AP poll in each of the past 15 seasons, twice finishing in the top 10 under Mike Gundy.
These two programs don’t have much in common except for one significant thing: They always seem to be hanging around this time of year, yet neither has made that difficult step from good (or sometimes really good) to legit national championship contender.
This matchup would have looked great on paper four months ago when the Badgers were ranked No. 18 to start the season and the Cowboys were No. 12. Now they’re 6-6 and 7-5, respectively.
So yeah, I get it: It’s hard to look past the mediocre records and all the departures to either the transfer portal or the NFL. Staying up past midnight to make it to the end of this one will take some dedication on your part.
And he nails why I might watch some, if not all of the game:
So why watch? I’m by no means fired up for this game, but there’s enough to keep me interested:
1. A new face for UW at quarterback. The Graham Mertz experience is over, and he’s headed to Florida after three seasons as the Badgers’ starter. That means an extended look at either fifth-year senior Chase Wolf, true freshman Myles Burkett or maybe both. Consider me intrigued.
If I was guessing Franklin’s Burkett doesn’t get to play. And it’s not his fault. Can’t help that’s he’s a freshman. Hope I’m wrong and he plays well.