It what might be one of the hidden gems in this year's bowl extravaganza it's 9-3 UCF squaring off with 9-4 Ball State in the 2012 Beef O'Brady's Bowl in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Though neither team won their respective conferences this season both came close enough to smell a title and both lost to a string of high quality opponents.
UCF's four losses include an early loss at Ohio State, a near miss vs. Missouri (21-16) and a regular season 23-21 defeat vs. Tulsa.
The Knights final loss came in a second contest with Tulsa in the Conference USA Championship game, which the Golden Hurricane ultimately triumphed in 33-27 in OT.
Ball State, on the other hand, didn't play for a league title in 2012 but suffered defeat to three foes who all finished the season ranked in the final BCS standings.
The Cardinals first lost came at Clemson, the second was at Kent State and the third was at home vs. Northern Illinois which is now slated to face Florida State in the BCS Orange Bowl.
Though there might be a slew of sexier postseason match-ups, the 2012 edition of the Beef O'Brady's Bowl might be one of the best actual on-field clashes and will feature two high quality opponents that deserve a shot at a double-digit win season.