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2009 Insight Bowl: Minnesota Vs. Iowa St.

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This game looks like a yawner on paper as both teams come into this game with a record of 6-6 and neither team has impressed this year on the field. Thanks to a crazy amount of bowl games there will always be room for two .500 teams trying to get that one last win and a bowl victory. 

Minnesota has been here before and in fact they played here last year but for Iowa St they are relishing playing in this game after finishing just 2-10 last year. Day after day Iowa State quarterback Austen Arnaud will run the same plays against the same opponents. But in December it’s a good kind of tedious. This is the first time Arnaud, and most of the Cyclone roster, have been able to practice this late in the year preparing for a bowl game. “Think about where we were last year, 2-10, sitting at home,” Arnaud said. “What we are doing is embracing the fact that we are practicing and have an opportunity to play on New Year’s Eve and get ourselves a win.”  

But before ISU (6-6) takes on Minnesota (6-6) in the Insight Bowl on Dec. 31, the Cyclones will have gone through several weeks of practice that coaches and players compare to a winter version of spring football.  

“Right now is all about developing both fifth-year seniors playing their last game and true freshmen going through their first season and bowl preparation,” Rhoads said. 
“Right now, it’s as the whole season has been, about improvement.”  

When you look at these numbers across the board they seem even except for a glaring problem with Minnesota on the road. In road games they have had problems on offense as they average just 13 points a game. This is a road game and that could mean trouble! The Golden Gophers are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 Bowl games as a favorite and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 non-conference games. The Cyclones are 10-2 ATS in their last 12 vs. Big Ten and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a straight up loss. Take the small number in this contest.  

Insight Bowl Pick: Iowa St. +3



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Past results and history of the Insight Bowl:

Insight Bowl Results
Date
Won
Pts.
Lost
Pts.
12/31/89
Arizona
17
N.C. State
10
12/31/90
California
17
Wyoming
10
12/31/91
Indiana
24
Baylor
0
12/31/92
Washington St.
31
Utah
28
12/29/93
Kansas State
52
Wyoming
17
12/29/94
BYU
31
Oklahoma
6
12/27/95
Texas Tech
55
Air Force
41
12/27/96
Wisconsin
38
Utah
10
12/27/97
Arizona
20
New Mexico
14
12/26/98
Missouri
34
West Virginia
31
12/31/99
Colorado
62
Boston College
28
12/28/00
Iowa State
37
Pittsburgh
29
12/29/01
Syracuse
26
Kansas State
3
12/26/02
Pittsburgh
38
Oregon State
13
12/26/03
California
52
Virginia Tech
49
12/28/04
Oregon State
38
Notre Dame
21
12/27/05
Arizona State
45
Rutgers
40
12/29/06
Texas Tech (OT)
44
Minnesota
41
12/31/07
Oklahoma State
49
Indiana
33
12/31/08
Kansas
42
Minnesota
21

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