Posted January 01, 2012

FAQ: TicketCity Bowl

Bowl Facts, Houston Cougars, Penn State Nittany Lions, TicketCity Bowl

Houston and Penn State were both hoping for better bowl fates than the TicketCity. (AP)

The 2011 TicketCity 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 Andy Staples’ game preview.)

 Still? Yup. Despite the goofy name, confusing location and utterly ridiculous placement on the calendar, the TicketCity Bowl persists in existing for a second consecutive year.

 TicketCity? According to them: “TicketCity provides passionate fans the ultimate live event experience through personalized customer service to buy and sell tickets.”

 Bet it’s pretty easy to secure tickets for this game, amirite? A little too easy.

 Where will this game be played? The Cotton Bowl.

 But this is not the Cotton Bowl? And we’re back once again to the Champs Sports Conundrum! No, it’s not the Cotton Bowl. The Cotton Bowl is played in Cowboys Stadium now, and inexplicably has not changed its name to the Jerry Jones Classic.

 When is it on television? Kickoff is scheduled for noon ET on Monday, January 2. The game will be televised on ESPNU.

 Whom does it feature? In the august one-year history of the TicketCity Bowl , “traditional” conference tie-ins are the Big Ten and Conference USA.

 What about this year? 12-1 Houston will make a relatively short hop to meet 9-3 Penn State.

 Houston was a bad conference championship game away from a BCS bowl. How mad are the Cougars right now? About as mad as Penn State is to be relegated to the TicketCity Bowl at 9-3, I’d imagine.

 Who will call the game? Clay Matvick, Danny Kanell and Allison Williams.

 Enough about the football. What about the loot? I dunno, TicketCity Bowl marketers. If I were a little football fan and my parents tucked me in at night with a miniature TicketCity Bowl commemorative football, I might turn the house upside down for evidence I’d been switched at birth.

 What mild indignities/wacky activities will visiting teams be subjected to while in town? Does the game count?

 Please impart any miscellaneous knowledge you might have concerning the 2012 TicketCity Bowl. It’s billed as “the best non-BCS college bowl game of the 2011-12 season.”

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