Advocare V100 Bowl, Tuesday, 12:30 p.m. ET, ESPN
Suggested slogan: It wouldn't be bowl season without Shreveport
The teams: Arizona Wildcats and
How Arizona got here: Ka'Deem Carey. The running back accounted for almost 35 percent of Arizona's offense this year, running for 1,716 yards and 17 touchdowns on 322 carries -- Carey missed the season opener -- and 173 yards and a touchdown on 26 receptions. Carey's lowest average rush per attempt in any game was 4.29 against Oregon. In case you were wondering, the Ducks were the only bowl-eligible Pac-12 team that the Wildcats beat this year. Aside from that, Arizona beat the three worst teams in the conference and got non-conference wins against such heavyweights as Northern Arizona, UTSA and UNLV, the last game on the road. That's three wins against FBS teams with winning records all season, so it was basically the Kentucky method of reaching a bowl.
How Boston College got here: With Steve Addazio at the helm. The former Gator offensive coordinator and interim head coach -- yes, that happened -- got the Eagles to the postseason for the first time since 2010. Alas, BC wasn't much better than Arizona in the strength of wins component, and perhaps did worth, with a decent win against Virginia Tech and a victory over another bowl-eligible team in Maryland combining with wins over ACC scrubs, New Mexico State, Army and Villanova rounding out the resume. While I'm no longer in the "too many bowls" camp, this is the kind of game that gives them a talking point -- two teams that achieved very little are being rewarded with a postseason berth. The counter to that is we get one last chance to see Heisman finalist Andre Williams play after he gained 2,102 yards and 17 touchdowns on 329 carries. (Williams' running accounted for almost 48 percent of BC's offense this year.) Somewhat overshadowed by Williams was Kasim Edeball, who had 9.5 sacks among his 15 tackles for loss while forcing three fumbles.
College football fans care because: It's a chance to see two of the best running backs in college football head-to-head. That doesn't happen every week, or even every year.
SEC fans care because: There is the curiosity factor from Steve Addazio's time in Gainesville. And you can remember back when we all loved running the football.
Watch this game if...: You have two and a half hours to kill. It shouldn't take much longer than that.
Bottom line: Going with blunt honesty here, neither of these teams is very good. They're two teams that have good running backs and basically rode those backs to 7-5 records. And they each had an upset against one of the better teams in their leagues to make the whole thing respectable. The Pac-12, though, is harder than the ACC. Arizona 34, Boston College 13Line: Arizona by 7.5