The live chat will be up and running around 7 p.m. CT to coincide with kickoff. This is the time to ask questions about the bowl game, reminisce about the 2011 season and watch some football.
So let’s get a little juicy tidbit out there to whet your appetite for the live chat.
LTP is on the ground at Indianapolis for the Big Ten Championship Game. Today he spoke with knowledge of Northwestern’s bowl preparations and marketing plans and learned that the Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas is eyeing a potential Northwestern-Iowa State matchup. This is somewhat surprising since virtually nobody has the Wildcats getting picked this high — over Purdue, Illinois and either Penn State or Iowa.
The reason for Meineke potentially picking NU is that the bowl does not want to feature a rematch between Iowa and Iowa State. This is not dependent on Michigan making a BCS bowl game either. If Meineke has its heart set on picking Northwestern over Penn State, NU will be heading to Houston.
The Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas is played December 31 at 11 a.m. CT at Reliant Stadium. It is the first game on ESPN the afternoon of New Years’ Eve. And, as we learned last year against Rice, Northwestern has a very strong contingent in Houston and would surely do a good job selling tickets.
When LTP told me this information, I likened it to NU jumping into the Outback Bowl in 2009. LTP then told me the source told him that the correspondence between the Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas and NU was very similar to the run-up to the Outback Bowl.
I got in touch with our bowl guru, The Green Jacket, and asked him about how Northwestern could get to Houston. This was his response:
If PSU falls below Houston, I’d say it’s a very good possibility.
Sandusky’s long-form interview with the NYT the day before selections didn’t help matters at all. It just keeps re-hashing how awful the situation is. I’m not as sure about the Iowa State angle, especially if they get blown out today.
I could absolutely see the ‘Cats in Houston if Michigan goes BCS.
The official bowl announcement will be made during or after the men’s basketball game with Baylor. Hopefully there will be as many 3s as there were Friday night. There should be plenty of fans to tape those Wildside 3-point signs to at Sunday’s game.
So stew on that for a little bit. We will be live-chatting around kick off.