LA Bowl includes Kimmel, the State of Oregon and the State of Utah
The first LA Bowl will be titled by Jimmy Kimmel, feature a vomiting camel – âJimmy Camelâ – as a mascot and an official sandwich to keep fans entertained.
It also features two tied teams on the field as Oregon State faces Utah State on Saturday.
The Beavers (7-5) make their first appearance in a bowl since 2013 as coach Jonathan Smith led his alma mater to a winning record for the first time in four years. Oregon State is 1-5 behind Corvallis, but that one win came in the Los Angeles area when it beat Southern California.
The Aggies (10-3) defeated San Diego State 46-13 on Dec. 4 for their first Mountain West Conference championship. Freshman coach Blake Anderson, who spent seven seasons at Arkansas State, quickly changed things at Utah State as he became only the fourth team in FBS history to go from zero or one win to at least 10 wins the following season.
The star of the bowl, however, is Kimmel, who said “since I was 52, that is to say last year, I have dreamed of having a college bowl game named after me”.
Doug DeLuca, the “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” Co-executive producer said it was originally a crazy idea a few years ago, but didn’t really materialize until the LA Bowl became a reality. Kimmel has attended both UNLV and Arizona State, so the idea of ââsomehow teaming up with a game corresponding to the Pac-12 and Mountain West conferences seemed natural.
âThey kind of tilted their heads to the side. At first they’re like, “you know, a game of bowls with a person’s name on it.” But then they started to think about it and very quickly warmed to the idea, âhe said.
LA Bowl executive director Jason Gannon said it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to embrace entertainment and sports. The game was originally scheduled to start last year, but has been one of many canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Both teams were in the audience and were part of sketches on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” this week. Kimmel also said he would operate one of the t-shirt guns.
âYou are looking at this opportunity, there is nothing else like it right now. Bringing Jimmy in, kissing him and bringing him to life every night has been great, âsaid Gannon.
BATTLE OF THE DOS
The Oregon State offense is led by running back BJ Baylor, who led the Pac-12 conference with 1,259 rushing yards. He is the first Beavers player to lead the floor conference since Steven Jackson in 2003.
The Beavers, however, will face a Utah state defense averaging 7.9 tackles for loss per game, which is fourth in the Football Bowl subdivision.
The Utah State running back will be familiar to Oregon State players and fans alike. Calvin Tyler Jr. transferred after four seasons with the Beavers and ran 764 yards, including three 100-yard games.
Utah State quarterback Logan Bonner has a school record 36 touchdown passes. He also has 3,560 yards and needs an extra eight to pass Jordan Love’s mark in a single season.
Bonner’s favorite target is Deven Thompkins, who has a school record of 1,589 receiving yards and six 100-yard games.
THE RIGHT TO PROMOTE?
The Mountain West has gone 5-5 against the Pac-12 this season. Utah State beat Washington State early in the season, but Oregon State won in Hawaii.
Anderson said there was a chip on some of his players’ shoulders as few were recruited by the Pac-12 programs.
âThat immediately puts a bullet on anyone. So you thought I was not good enough to go out. I’ll show you, he said.â It’s an opportunity for guys to show that we belong to this. level and we feel it as a program. It is clear that we have held up very well this year. “
One advantage for both teams is that they haven’t had much downtime since their regular season ended a few weeks ago. The downside, however, is that bowl preparations took place midway through the finals and the first signing period.
âThe later the bowl game, you can get more practice and time to develop players on your roster where you don’t have any, the sooner it is,â said Smith. “But at the end of the day, we’re delighted to be here every time it’s going to be played.”
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