Bowl Preview: International Bowl

For an update: I'm 18-12 overall and 4-26 against the score. (Really, Georgia, it would have killed you to allow Michigan State to score one more point?)

12 p.m. ET, ESPN2

What it is: A way to keep Canadians from infiltrating college football by showing them a bad game.

The Teams: Buffalo, Connecticut

How Buffalo got here: By having what Auburn officials obviously felt was a worse season than Iowa State. Actually, the Bulls started out 2-4, looking for all the world like they were about to have the kind of season that, well, Buffalo always has. They won five straight, lost to Kent State, then breezed past undefeated Ball State to win the MAC Championship Game. It's hard to pick their most dangerous offensive weapon among: QB Drew Willy, who completed 65 percent of his passes for 3,091 yards, 25 TDs and 5 INTs; WR Naaman Roosevelt, with 96 receptions for 1,312 yards and 13 TDs; or RB James Starks, who carried the ball 259 times for 1,308 yards and 15 TDs. But that offensive explosiveness has often been matched by the Bulls' opponents, who scored 27.5 ppg, and four of Buffalo's eight wins were by less than seven points.

How Connecticut got here: How does a Big East team ever get into a bowl game? Connecticut won five straight to start the year, looking like the favorites for the league championship. Then the Huskies lost five of their last seven -- the only two wins coming against Syracuse and eventual Big East Champions Cincinnati. (Because it's the Big East, and why not?) Little went right for UConn: Senior QB Tyler Lorenzen completed just 48 percent of his passes while playing in eight games. But RB Donald Brown did rush for 1,822 yards and 17 TDs on 338 carries. He fell short of 100 yards just twice: when he ran for 82 against West Virginia and when he rushed for 96 against South Florida.

College football fans care because: There are four games left. This is one of them.

SEC fans care because: It's a chance to watch Turner Gill coach, think about Gene Chizik at Auburn, and laugh at Jay Jacobs.

Watch this game if ... : You can get past the idea of college football being played in Canada.

The result: Buffalo 34, Connecticut 28

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