TicketCity Bowl 2011: Northwestern Wildcats vs. Baylor Bears
TicketCity Bowl 2011 will be the inaugural occurrence of this Dallas, Texas-based bowl, and I expect it to pit the Northwestern Wildcats against the Baylor Bears in a Big Ten vs. Big 12 meeting.
Baylor has been linked with this bowl and the Texas Bowl as possible destinations, but I think Texas Tech goes to the Texas Bowl, while Baylor lands here.
It's also possible that Illinois could slip to the TicketCity Bowl, especially given their loss to Fresno State this week, but I don't see that happening thanks to their larger following nationwide. As a result, an interesting matchup between Northwestern and Baylor emerges.
Northwestern has struggled in recent weeks and is stumbling into bowl season, and Baylor, too, has come upon hard times in the Big 12. Both teams are sort of middle of the pack in their conferences, but I still expect them to put together an entertaining game come January 1st, when the game is played.
Ultimately, I like Baylor's chances more in this pairing, Northwestern has struggled in the Big Ten against even the lower teams in the conference, whereas Baylor has had moments in what I consider a tougher conference. I would think the Bears would pull out a win, especially in their home state, a distinct advantage over the Wildcats.
For more predictions for bowl games, check out College Football Bowl Predictions: Predicting the Winner of All 35 Bowl Games.
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