The No. 22 Northwestern Wildcats and Mississippi State Bulldogs—two teams heading in opposite directions—will square off in this season's Gator Bowl.
After a heartbreaking overtime loss to Michigan on Nov. 10, the Wildcats bounced back nicely and reeled off two impressive victories to close out the regular season. The same cannot be said for the Bulldogs, who dropped four of their last five games as they slide into the Gator Bowl.
Despite Northwestern's recent success, it has failed to win a bowl game since winning the Rose Bowl in 1948, the lone victory in postseason play for the Wildcats. Mississippi State has performed much better, winning its last five bowl games, including three in the last six years and the Gator Bowl two years ago.
With all of this in mind, let's preview the 2012 Gator Bowl.