David Puddy fully endorses this bowl game. If you're attending, look for him in the parking lot. He'll be the one sporting devilish face paint yelling "the devils!" And thanks to the wonders of Paint we get just the right amount of red.
Teams: Indiana & Oklahoma State
Location: Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe, AZ
Miles Traveled By Each Team: Indiana(1,740), Oklahoma State(1,079)
Related Cereal: Ghostbusters(Sun Devil? Sounds like the perfect place for Gozer to show up).
Breakdown: Indiana heads into this game with the #54 ranked rushing offense(135yds/gm, 16TD's), and the #49 ranked passing offense(237yds/gm, 26TD's). Overall, their offense is ranked #63 in the nation. On defense, the Hoosiers’ defense is ranked #61 against the run(155yds/gm, 20TD's), and #76 against the pass(238yds/gm, 18TD's). Their total defense is ranked #68, and surrenders an average of 394yds/gm and has allowed 41 total touchdowns.
Their opponent, Oklahoma State, comes into the game with the #7 ranked rush attack(245yds/gm, 26TD's), and the #48 ranked passing offense(238yds/gm, 23TD's). Their total offense is ranked #9. The Cowboys’ defense is ranked #60 against the rush(153yds/gm, 20TD's), and #116 against the pass(292yds/gm, 25TD's). Their total defense is ranked #103, and allows an average of 446yds/gm and has given up 46 total touchdowns.
Signature Wins: Indiana-Purdue. Oklahoma State-Kansas State?
Common Opponents: None.
Prediction: IU pulling out a win in memory of Coach Hoeppner would be a great way to end the season. They are a tenacious squad, but they’re going to be facing one of the most prolific offenses in the nation. If the Hoosiers want a shot at winning, they’ll have to exploit Okie State’s suspect pass defense. Unfortunately, I think that the Cowboys’ offense will prove to be too much, and that Dantrell Savage will have a big game en route to a 34-21 OSU victory