8.12.08

I'M SATISFIED. Three weeks ago:
I won't be satisfied unless Badgers and Huskies both get bids.
Badgers got theirs.

University of Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema, with a 28-10 record in three seasons, and Florida State coach Bobby Bowden, with a 381-123-4 record in 43 seasons, are at opposite ends of the coaching spectrum.

It's no surprise they have different views of their upcoming meeting in the 2008 Champs Sports Bowl.

"This is how it has changed," Bowden, in his 33rd season at Florida State, said during a teleconference Sunday night. "If you're not playing for the national championship . . . who cares?

Given the expectations in Tallahassee and in Madison at the beginning of the season, that's logical. (In 2000, Wisconsin was returning much of its team after two straight Rose Bowl wins, but after a season that included a shoe scandal, they earned a rematch with a similarly chastened UCLA (motto: On! Wisconsin!) in one of the late-December games.)

Huskies got theirs.

It was announced Sunday night that the Huskies would play in the Independence Bowl in Shreveport, La. Dec. 28 at 7 p.m. The game can be seen on ESPN.

“We felt like we had a chance [of going to a bowl game], we really did,” [first-year coach Jerry] Kill said. “It’s certainly exciting to know we’re going now, there’s no question about that.”

The Huskies will take on Louisiana Tech (7-5) of the Western Athletic Conference. Louisiana Tech’s campus in Ruston, La. is roughly an hour from Shreveport, giving the Bulldogs a virtual home game.

The weather here is not conducive to outdoor practice. On the other hand, the strange patterns that sometimes arise in late December or early January can make DeKalb positively balmy. That Silicon Valley Classic had worse playing conditions than would have prevailed in DeKalb.

Northern Illinois was once a member of the same conference as Louisiana Tech for football. I forget the name of that conference, although it wouldn't be far off to call it the Harriman Lines Conference, with teams in Illinois and Louisiana and Nevada and California.

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