The 2011 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl is just days away. We’re sure you have so many questions. We’re here to help. (For an Xs and Os breakdown, check out Matt Dollinger’s Potato Bowl preview).
• Where can I watch it? Bronco Stadium in Boise, Idaho.
• When is it on television? Kickoff is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, Dec. 17. The game will be televised on ESPN.
• Who does it feature? Don’t be fooled by that fluffy sour cream-topped logo, surely the finest of any postseason football contest. This is the game you know better as the Humanitarian Bowl, and this is actually not the worst name the bowl has ever had. (Crucial.com, we see you!) The current official pairing is MAC-WAC.
• What about this year? The Ohio Bobcats (9-4), losers in the MAC title game to Northern Illinois, will take on the 7-5 Utah State Aggies, who finished second in the WAC to Louisiana Tech.
• Who sponsors it? The Idaho Potato Commission, which has kindly provided a hungry audience with something called the “Dr. Potato Blog,” a publication you should be reading with regularity if you want to, say, make your own ribbon fries at home.
• Can we go back the logo for just one second? Majestic, isn’t it?
• Wait, so is the hope here that branding something with “Famous Idaho Potatoes” will accidentally-on-purpose imply that the bowl is, in itself, famous? Look again at that logo. Doesn’t this game deserve to be famous? It has CHIVES!
• Who will call the game? Dave Flemming, Mike Bellotti and Heather Cox will rock the mics in Boise town.
• What mild indignities will bowl participants be subjected to? Perhaps there will be a wider range of tuber-based options in the gift suites, but nowhere in the list of player prizes, including winter outerwear and a souvenir football, do I see any potatoes.
• Please impart any miscellaneous knowledge you might have concerning the 2011 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. Glad you asked! There’s little history to a first-year bowl game, but one “event” flyer for the game seems to strongly imply there will be trick snowmobiling going on in the atmosphere above the stadium. We can only assume this is metaphorical.
• That bowl website also has a banner graphic that makes it look like the game will be played in a potato field. How will they draw yard lines on potato plants? I am extremely literal. Never fear: Ohio and Utah State will square off on the famous Blue Turf of BSU. Although a potato field would still be a more hospitable setup than that game at Wrigley Field last year.
Stay tuned for more postseason FAQ sheets, and stay on top of a hectic postseason slate with our complete 2011-2012 College Football Bowl Schedule.