The 2011 Armed Forces Bowl may not be the most high-profile postseason college football game, but that won't cause next week's game between the BYU Cougars and Tulsa Golden Hurricane to be overlooked -- especially by the coaches.
BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall talked about that on Wednesday following what sounds like a spirited practice.
"It was good. More contact today, and we will alternate the contact and noncontact days, but I am impressed. I think there are a couple of elements as you go into bowl season, not only how you played in the season, but sometimes which is the more motivated and hungrier team?" Mendenhall said. "In this case, I think both teams will be excited to play. That has to be manifest in preparation, otherwise you just can't turn it on on game day. So practice is more key."
The game is still over one week away as it takes place Friday, Dec. 30, but it seems as though the Cougars are ready.