Nothing says, "Your college football team is pretty good, but not really special" more so than a trip to the Holiday Bowl in San Diego (with the noted exception of the 1984 BYU National Championship team). The 2007 edition kicks off at 5 pm PT and matches #12 Arizona State (10-2) and #17 Texas (9-3).
The Sun Devils had a better than expected year thanks in part to a favorable schedule and a penchant for comebacks. The Longhorns had a worse than expected year mainly because they lost to BOTH Oklahoma and Texas A&M.
Arizona State will be appearing in its 24th bowl game and is 12-10-1 in previous bowl games. They are 0-2 in the Holiday Bowl, losing to Arkansas 18-17 in 1985 and falling to Kansas State 34-27 in 2002.
Texas will be appearing in its 47th bowl game and its fourth Holiday Bowl. Texas lost to Oregon 35-30 in 2000, beat Washington 47-43 in 2001, and lost to Washington State 28-20 in 2003. Texas is 23-21-2 overall in bowl games.
Texas and Arizona State have never played each other previously. The Sun Devils will complete the circuit of Pac-10 teams for Texas. ASU has played nine other Big XII schools and still has not played Iowa State or Kansas.
You can choose to cheer on ASU quarterback Rudy Carpenter, the pride of Newbury Park Westlake Village or Texas QB Colt McCoy, who has a name that sounds really cool. Well, at least to me.