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Five Reasons To Watch the Fight Hunger Bowl

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Watch the Fight Hunger Bowl

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Last year, Arizona State rang up 62 points on Navy to win the Fight Hunger Bowl. This year, the Washington Huskies and BYU Cougars will be going head-to-head in the annual bowl game, and you can expect a lot of points in this year's matchup.

The Cougars got to this game with inconsistent play. They defeated then No. 15 Texas but fell to both Wisconsin and Notre Dame in close games to contribute to their 8-4 record. Head coach Bronco Mendenhall has led them to their ninth straight bowl game, and he is 6-2 all-time in bowl games.

For the Huskies, their season saw a similar path with a difficult twist. After starting off the season 4-0, Washington then lost three Pac-12 games in a row and later lost their head coach, Steve Sarkisian, to the vacant head coaching position at USC. Under interim head coach Marques Tuiasosopo, the Huskies have fought to a third place finish in the conference and an 8-4 record on the season.

While both teams have had their shares of ups and downs, don’t think that will make for a boring bowl game. Both schools bring in sound offenses capable of scoring plenty of points. Don’t be surprised if we see a track meet as both can run the football well.

On the following slides you’ll find five reasons why you should tune into the Fight Hunger Bowl this Friday, December 27, at 9:30 p.m. ET. Interestingly enough, one of these five reasons has nothing to do with the teams on the field.

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5. Taysom Hill - QB - BYU

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Taysom Hill is a player that did some great things for the Cougars, but he didn’t get the national recognition he deserved. On the season, Hill threw for 2,645 yards with 19 touchdowns and 1,211 yards on the ground with nine touchdowns. In BYU’s week two upset over Texas, he rushed for 259 yards and three touchdowns. Hill is a dynamic quarterback that has the ability to create if the offense is struggling.

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4. Bishop Sankey - RB - Washington

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Suffering a fate similar to Hill’s, Bishop Sankey is one of the best running backs you probably haven’t heard of yet. For the second year in a row, he’s broken the 1,000 yard mark with 1,775 and 18 touchdowns while averaging 5.8 yards per carry. He's a workhorse.

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3. Ground ‘n’ Pound Football

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If you’re an old-school football fan and love to watch teams run the football down each others throats then you’re going to love this game. Both schools rank in the top-15 in the FBS in rushing and rely heavily on the ground game. The combo of Keith Price and Sankey could be the difference for the Huskies. For BYU, it will be duo of Hill and Jamaal Williams leading the way.

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2. High Scoring Affair

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Interestingly enough, if you love points, this is also a game for you. Both BYU and Washington average over 30 points a game with Washington holding the advantage at 38.1 points per game. The Cougars have eclipsed 30 points in seven games this season, including a 59-point effort against Idaho State. For the Huskies, they’ve failed to score at least 30 points in just one game this season, their 27-17 victory over Washington State.

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1. Two Female Officials


Friday will mark just another step forward in bringing female referees into the big-time world of college football and eventually the NFL. In the Fight Hunger Bowl, two ladies will be on the officiating crew. Maia Chaka will be the head linesman and Sara Thomas will be the line judge.