5 Reasons To Watch Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl
5 Tasty Reasons To Watch the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl
Aside from having one of the tastiest names out of all the college bowl games, this 2013 Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl game will be an absolute showstopper. The Michigan Wolverines and Kansas State Wildcats may not have the best records around, but they do have a bountiful amount of talented players.
For Michigan, they have all the right pieces to bring down a speedy Kansas State team -- if they can play their cards right that is. In all fairness, the Wolverines' record does not do their team justice. Being 7-5 coming into this game was the last place Michigan thought it would be at. When you consider how fast the Wolverines started the 2013 season by going 5-0, it was looking like they may have a shot at a BCS Bowl game. Two overtime loses to unranked teams and two loses to ranked teams later, the Wolverines find themselves where they are now.
In no way am I trying to downplay the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, but when you are a top program like Michigan, you have to be disappointed to have ended up where they did. This Bowl game is a perfect opportunity for the Wolverines to send a message to the college football world and show exactly what they are made of.
Kansas State is going to play the role of spoiler at all costs. It is safe to assume that Michigan will be favored to take home the trophy in this game, but the Wildcats will not go down without a fight. They have the right players to win, but can they put all the pieces together?
Check out the slideshow for see five reasons why you should grab some honey BBQ wings and watch the 2013 Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl.
You can catch this game on Saturday December 28, at 10:15 EST on ESPN.
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5. The Dual-Threat Play of Devin Gardner
Devin Gardner emerged as one of the most dangerous quarterbacks in all of college football during the 2013 season. His stats are impressive no matter how you look at them. He has 2,960 yards and 21 touchdowns, and also rushed for 483 yards and 11 touchdowns. Those stats are the reasons why Michigan won seven games this season. They should have won more, but one player can only do so much. Gardner is a marquee player and will torch the Wildcats' defense all game long and will probably take home the MVP award. After this season, it will be interesting to see where his career goes from here. He has talent, but does he have what it takes to make it in the NFL?
4. Kansas State's Running Game
Kansas State possess two different running backs that can make you pay on any given down. John Hubert has taken the majority of the carries this season and leads the Wildcats in rushing yards with 968. Hubert also added nine rushing touchdowns on the year and finished only second behind Daniel Sams, who rushed for 11 touchdowns. The interesting thing about Sams is that he is the backup quarterback, yet he outscored the starting running back. Either way, whoever ends up running the ball for Kansas State will definitely be a threat to the Michigan defense.
3. The Ball Hawk: Blake Countess
When you think of a ball-hawking player that play football, usually your first thought is Ed Reed; after all, it is his nickname. A new generation of ball hawks has finally arrived and it comes from the Michigan secondary. Blake Countess recorded six interceptions during the 2013 season, tying him for fourth in the nation. He is a player that we should see on Sundays once he finishes up his time at Michigan. Countess is a versatile player that can make any opposing quarterback sweat like they are doing the blazing challenge.
2. Mr. Reliable: Tyler Lockett
One of the top receivers in all of college football, Tyler Lockett dominated his 2013 season. He had over 10 catches and 200 yards receiving two different times during the year, but unfortunately his team lost both of those games. In any case, he has turned into Mr. Reliable for the Wildcats' passing offense. Lockett finished the 2013 season with 71 catches, 1,146 receiving yards and eight touchdowns receptions. Kansas State does not like to pass often, but with a player like Lockett lined-up out wide, you can expect to see numerous passes thrown his way during this Bowl game.
1. Mr. Explosive: Jeremy Gallon
Standing at a mere 5-foot-8, 187 pounds, senior Jeremy Gallon has played out of his mind this season. The leading receiver for Devin Gardner all season long recorded 80 catches, 1,284 receiving yards and nine touchdowns. Since this was his final season in college football, it can be assumed that Gallon will try his hand at the NFL Combine and try to make the jump to the NFL. Because of his small size, he would more than likely play slot and be used like a Tavon Austin-type of player. Whatever the future has in store for this talented receiver, you can be sure that he has a bright future ahead of him.