New Year's Eve in Tempe and the Minnesota Gophers await the Kansas Jayhawks in their first back to back bowl appearances in school history. If recent history is any indication this will be a great opportunity to springboard into 2009, get to know some future stars and continue to develop a program that has had little success until recent years.
The smart money is on Kansas in this one for a variety of reasons, but after a month off you never know how a team will respond. Not long ago Kansas was typically the underdog going into every bowl game and sometimes it just takes the right coach to turn things around.
Here's hoping Tim Brewster and the Gophers get valuable lesson taught to them come Wednesday afternoon. Regardless it should be a good one between two teams that are still relatively new to the scene of successful football.