Monday, December 27, 2010

2010 Insight Bowl Preview

December 28, 2010 10:00 PM ET
Stadium: Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe, Arizona
Payout: $3,325,000
Played: 1989-present
Once known as: Copper Bowl (1989-1996), Bowl (1997-2001)
Broadcasters: Sean McDonough, Matt Millen
Sideline Reporter: Heather Cox
Storyline: This will be the first meeting between Missouri and Iowa in a century. Missouri started the season outside the top 25, but finished #14 with a stellar 10-2 record, which included an upset of Oklahoma. Missouri dropped the Texas Bowl to Navy last year and is looking for postseason redemption. Missouri will have the third 11-win season in school history if it can win the Insight Bowl. In contrast, Iowa won the 2010 Orange Bowl and entered the season ranked #9 but finished outside the top 25. Iowa lost three of its last four games, including being shocked by both Northwestern and Minnesota. To make matters worse, Iowa receiver, Derrell Johnson-Koulianos, was found to be running a drug house after the end of the regular season and will not play. Iowa ruin the bowl. In addition, running back Adam Robinson broke team rules and will also not be making the trip. Iowa has itself handcuffed on offense and will lose the fourth of its last five games if it cannot adapt. The Hawkeyes need to win this bowl to save face. The Insight Bowl will be interesting in that teams heading in opposite directions will square off.
All-time Series: 7-5 Missouri
Line: Missouri by 2.5

Overall Record10-2Overall Record7-5
Conference Record6-2Conference Record4-4
Bowl Record12-15Bowl Record13-10-1
Last Bowl Win2008 AlamoLast Bowl Win2010 Orange

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