5 Great Reasons to Watch the National University Holiday Bowl
National University Holiday Bowl Is A Must-Watch
Some College Football fans can't stand the Bowl Season just because of how sloppy and hectic the whole process has become. Not to mention, even more fans have grown frustrated with their favorite team playing in something called the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl. Even still, when two college football teams take the field for what will be the last time of the year -- fans are bound to put all of that aside and enjoy the game.
The National University Holiday Bowl turns 36 years old this year as the Texas Tech Red Raiders will trek to Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California and face the Arizona State Sun Devils in what will practically be a home game for Todd Graham's bunch. With that being said, the Red Raiders' fan base is one that always travels well.
Believe it or not; both Texas Tech and Arizona State had BCS Bowl dreams earlier in the year. However, these programs will have to settle for the wonderful climate of San Diego at the end of December -- how rough? Also, this game will be played on Monday December 31st at 7:15 p.m. ET, which is one day after the San Diego Chargers finish off the regular season with a home game against the Kansas City Chiefs.
The stakes are high in the National University Holiday Bowl and here are five key reasons why you should be tuning into this game come Monday night.
No. 5: Arizona State Fans Will Be Loud and Proud
Arizona State University is approximately five hours from Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. Meanwhile, students from Texas Tech University must endure a 15-hour car ride if they want to enjoy the San Diego weather and watch the Red Raiders. Needless to say, the Sun Devils' fan base is going to try and make this a home game for Todd Graham and company.
No. 4: Jace Amaro
Jace Amaro needs just 90 yards in this last game to set a new NCAA single-season record for the most receiving yards by a tight end. If you are a fan of the NFL then you should keep a close eye on Jace Amaro in this one. Not only is Amaro a first-team All-American, he happens to be one of the best draft-eligible tight ends in the country.
No. 3: Explosive Offenses
If you're a fan of defense then you should look elsewhere. But, if you like the touchdown then you're in luck! Texas Tech ranks second in the nation with over 392 passing yards a game, while the Taylor Kelly-led Sun Devils rank 10th in the nation in points per game (41.)
No. 2: Kliff Kingsbury - Boy Wonder
Kliff Kingsbury is enough to get your girlfriend or wife to watch the game with you. This head coach is a total heartthrob even though the Red Raiders have lost five straight games after starting the year 7-0. Let's see if the 34-year-old coach has what it takes to win a bowl game in just his first season.
No. 1: Ideal Time Slot
As fate would have it; there will not be a Monday Night Football game in the NFL on Monday December 30th. Therefore, the Texas Tech and Arizona State game is the easily the most convenient game of the Bowl Season. Heck, it's practically an extension of Monday Night Football! Either way, this game is going to be a great one as Arizona State looks to win its second straight bowl game and Texas Tech hopes to extend its bowl game win streak to four.
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