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Who Holds The Emotional Edge?

Who Holds The Emotional Edge?

We've begun analyzing each team's respective strengths and weaknesses (and will continue to do so), such as Ohio State's ground game against the Texas rush defense. But what about the emotional, "jihad" angle that sometimes spells the difference between victory and defeat?

The common wisdom regarding bowl games especially is to place your bet with the team that wants to be there the most. In this region of the country, we'll recall Texas Tech roasting a more talented California team in the 2004 Holiday Bowl or Boise State's startling and monumental upset of Oklahoma in the 2007 Fiesta Bowl. Even closer to home, we wince replaying Texas vs. Washington State in the...

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