What better way to get ready for the holidays than with some exciting minor bowl action from the 50th state?
Normally, the University of Hawai'i would play in this game if they had a winning record, but the 'Bows spoiled things by going undefeated and going to the Sugar Bowl. So instead it will be last season's favorite underdog, Boise State (10-2), facing East Carolina (7-5).
A crowd of invited guests is expected. Boise State finished its regular season with a loss at Hawai'i, so it's not like its fans are motivated to make another trip out to the islands. And East Carolina's fans probably won't be coming out in big numbers either. Mostly because they can't figure out which state they're really in.
Boise State has played in seven bowl games at the Division 1-A level and is 5-2 in those games and three of those wins came at home.
East Carolina is 4-4 in 1-A level bowls, including an epic 64-61 loss to Marshall in 2001. The Pirates are 3-2 in lower division bowl games, losing the 1952 Lions Bowl played in Salisbury, North Carolina and the 1954 Elks Bowl played in Greenville, South Carolina. They did beat Northeastern in the 1963 Eastern Bowl in Allentown, Pennsylvania and won the 1964 and 1965 Tangerine Bowls (over UMass and Maine), which has since morphed into the Capital One Bowl.