- Todd McShay, Scouts Inc.
The 2006-07 bowl season kicks off Tuesday in San Diego with TCU and Northern Illinois meeting in the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl and culminates on Jan. 8 in Glendale, Ariz., with the Tostitos BCS National Championship Game between Ohio State and Florida. Thirty-two bowl games will be played during that three-week span. Here's my CliffsNotes version of a preview:
Most Anticipated Non-BCS Bowl Game
Capital One Bowl:
Wisconsin (11-1) vs. Arkansas (10-3)
The Razorbacks were in the thick of the BCS title hunt before they stumbled down the stretch with consecutive losses to LSU and Florida. Struggles on the field have translated into some controversy off the field. The families of three freshmen met with Arkansas officials to discuss concerns about the Razorbacks' offense. Mitch Mustain and Ben Cleveland decided to stay at Arkansas, but Damian Williams was granted a release. Wisconsin, on the other hand, feels unappreciated after not reaching a BCS game despite suffering only one loss. The only thing left for the Badgers to do is show that the SEC is overrated with a convincing win over the Hogs. If that's not enough of a hook, how about two of the best young running backs in the nation -- Arkansas' Darren McFadden and Wisconsin's P.J. Hill -- squaring off in what could be a Heisman Trophy preview for next year?
1dBrian Bennett and Josh Moyer
2dChantel Jennings and David Lombardi
2dBrian Bennett and Austin Ward