The Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl returns to downtown San Francisco and the Bay Area is all abuzz. Breaking away from the traditional New Year's Eve matchup for a Saturday afternoon game may set new attendance records.
For the 11th straight year, AT&T Park in downtown San Francisco will be the site for the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl. The baseball park that is home to the San Francisco Giants has done an admirable job of hosting the postseason game, but the bowl game will be moving into its brand-new home in nearby Santa Clara starting in the 2014 season.
The Navy Midshipmen were the first team to receive bowl eligibility on Nov. 3 and accepted the bid to return to San Francisco. The Middies beat the New Mexico Lobos 34-19 on New Year's Eve to close out 2004.
While Navy knew for a long time where they would be headed in the postseason, the Arizona State Sun Devils did not find out until Selection Sunday. This will be the first-ever meeting of the two teams, and they could't be any more different—on or off the field.
There is the perception of Arizona State's laid-back, party-all-the-time lifestyle compared to the Naval Academy's hardcore lifestyle of discipline and service. On the field, the Sun Devils are a high-octane, quick-scoring offense with a bruising defense. The Midshipmen run a more controlled, even-keeled offense with a rarely seen triple option out of the backfield.
This is going to be a clash of two very different schools who have had a successful year and earned the right to play in this game. Here is everything that you need to know about the matchup.