It's not easy to get excited about any of the college football bowl games, except maybe the Rose Bowl (for tradition) and the national championship (because it's for all the Tostitos, as Brent Musburger would put it). But tonight's MAACO Bowl in Vegas between Arizona State and Boise State has a few storylines of interest to locals.
Brock Osweiler, ASU's starting quarterback, is a Flathead High product. One of his top receiving targets, Aaron Pflugrad, is the son of Griz head coach Robin. The ESPN video below highlights their relationship.
On the other sideline, standout Boise State receiver Matt Miller is a Helena product.
There's more as you dig into assistant coaches and whatnot. The Flathead Beacon's Dillon Tabish (a former Indy intern ... more connections!) has a full story on all the Montana ties.
The game kicks off at 6 p.m. on ESPN.