Subject: History Between Teams for Bowl Games on Dec. 29th
Dec. 29th (Friday):
Belk Bowl: Wake Forest vs. Texas A&M
First ever meeting.
Sun Bowl: N.C. State vs. Arizona State
Series is tied at 1-1. Both games played in Tempe, one in 1960 (Arizona State won 25-22) and one in
1974 (N.C. State won 35-14). Based on the way teams schedule today, these were sort of weird late
season games. Maybe N.C. State was using the trip to Arizona State like a bowl game?
Music City Bowl: Kentucky vs. Northwestern
A single meeting back in 1928, when Northwestern was a member of the Western Conference (now known
as the Big Ten) and Kentucky was a member of the Southern Conference (before the SEC's giant
breakaway). Northwestern won their home game 7-0.
Arizona Bowl: New Mexico State vs. Utah State
Seems appropriate. Two states that touch only at a corner playing a game in one of the other two
four corners states. Utah State leads the all-time series 30-7. Have played each other 26 times as
conference opponents as members of the PCAA, Big West, Sun Belt, and WAC. Their first ever meeting
was also New Mexico State's last bowl game: the 1960 Sun Bowl. Utah State won that game 20-13.
Cotton Bowl: USC vs. Ohio State
USC holds the all-time lead 13-9-1. This is their first ever meeting in a bowl game other than the
Rose Bowl. USC holds a 4-3 lead in the Rose Bowl and 9-6-1 lead in regular season games (5-2-1 in
Los Angeles and 4-4 in Columbus). USC has won 7 straight in the series (3 Rose Bowls in '75, '80,
and '85 and 4 regular season games in '89, '90, '08, and '09).