The 2011 Insight Bowl is just a day away. We’re sure you have so many questions. We’re here to help. (For an Xs and Os breakdown, check out George Schroeder’s game preview.)
• What’s all this, then? The Insight Bowl is sort of like the Fiesta Bowl (and is even played in the Fiesta Bowl’s former home), only smaller and dingier. You have to credit its survival instincts, however: How many other former bowl games named after dot-coms have retained their title sponsors?
• Where will this game be played? Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona.
• Golly, who plays there during the regular season? Don’t get cute, now.
• When is it on television? Kickoff is scheduled for 10 p.m. ET on Friday, December 30. The game will be televised on ESPN.
• Whom does it feature? At one point or another, four of the big six conference have had tie-ins with the Insight Bowl; current affiliated conferences are the Bigs Ten and 12.
• What about this year? We’re edging into the province of teams with respectable records: 7-5 Iowa and 9-3 Oklahoma will make the trek to Tempe.
• Who will call the game? Sean McDonough, Matt Millen and Heather Cox.
• You know, it’s only been a couple years, but I’m already running out of jokes regarding Matt Millen getting paid more money than I’ll make in five years to tell me how a football team should be doing things. This, we fear, is a lost cause. ESPN kept Craig James on the payroll until the bitter, drawn-out end, which says to us that smaller ridiculosities like Millen are just entirely beneath their line of sight.
• Who sponsors the game? Insight Enterprises, a “global provider of information technology (IT) hardware, software and service solutions to business and public sector organizations,” which is “positioned in leading analyst’s firms Magic Quadrant for Communication Outsourcing and Professional Services (COPS) North America.”
• That Magic Quadrant thing sounds made up. Lots of computer stuff is made up. That’s how the dot-com crash happened; substitute Klingon slang for business plans often enough and it’s bound to catch up.
• Please impart any miscellaneous knowledge you might have concerning the 2011 Insight Bowl. The Little Caesars Bowl, you know. The PapaJohns.com Bowl, you mourn if you have a beating heart in your chest. But did you know there was another pizza-based postseason football contest? Domino’s sponsored the Copper Bowl, which would later become the Insight.com Bowl, for the 1990 and 1991 games.
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.