Arizona State vs. Navy
Dec. 29, 4:00 p.m. ESPN2
AT&T Park (San Francisco)
Line: Arizona State -13 ½
Over the years, the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl has garnered a bit of a reputation as... hmm, how do I put this nicely?... a bowl game nobody wants anything to do with.
Sorry Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl reps, it’s true.
Last year the game featured quite possibly the least compelling matchup in recorded football history, when UCLA and Illinois each showed up to San Francisco with apathetic attitudes and interim coaches (Ron Zook and Rick Neuheisel had each been fired weeks before the game), resulting in a painfully boring 20-14 final that put everyone into a foul mood heading into the New Year. In 2010 Nevada and Boston College went toe-to-toe in a 20-13 final where the signature moment was... wait, what was the signature moment again?
And as a matter of fact, if anything, the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl’s greatest contribution to college football lore might be as the answer to the trivia question: “What was Pete Carroll’s last game at USC?” It came in a 24-13 victory over Boston College in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl, and a few weeks later Carroll bolted to Seattle for good.
Yet despite all those duds, the 2012 matchup does at least provide some hope.
Arizona State and Navy were hardly two of the best teams in college football this year, but they do pose an interesting matchup, between unique clubs with polar opposite offenses that should result in a fun back-and-forth game with plenty of points on the scoreboard.
That’s what we’re hoping for, anyway.
At the very least, hey, it can’t be any worse than what we’ve been subjected to the last few years, right?