As fans from Iowa State and TCU converge on Houston for the 2005 EV1.net Houston Bowl, one can only wonder what surprises will be in store for this year's match up.
The Houston Bowl had been the scene of high caliber college football, with the added aspect that many of the players will be playing their last college game.
Those who will return next season will have the option of living up or down to their performances on this Saturday afternoon at Reliant Stadium.
TCU (10-1) is a heavy favorite, but one could not see that affecting the demeanor of the Iowa State players, coaches and staff. Iowa State (7-4) is playing in their fifth post season game in six years, while TCU is making their seventh post season appearance in eight years.
The Horned Frogs and Cyclones have met twice previously in their long football history. In 1998, TCU scored 17 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to win 31-21 in Ames, Iowa. In their first meeting in 1995, TCU won 27-10 in Fort Worth.
None of this will matter at 1:30 pm on Saturday, as both teams take to the field in their attempt to take home a bowl victory and the glory and prestige that goes with it.
The game is scheduled to be telecast on ESPN2 with Dave Barnett on the play-by-play, Tim Brant on color analysis, with Suzy Shuster on the sideline.
TexSport Publications will be on hand to bring their unique perspective of the game.