I can't play this. Both are important, and they are even inter-related. If we lose the bowl game, we're more likely to lose to Tulsa next year due to a lack of confidence.
Bowl game, we need that. We can rebound from a lost next year, unless some think we will run the table which is unlikely.
I think there is a much bigger difference between 8/9 wins than there is 7/6 wins.
For me, the biggest thing about bowl games that aren't prestigious or nationally relevant is that we get extra practices to get better to get to one that is prestigious or nationally relevant.
EDIT: This would be a good topic to write about for CW while filling the time till the bowl.
Although obviously this is all hypothetical and we have more than a fair chance at beating them both this year and next year.
Bowl games at 6-6 are just not a big deal at all. A better chance at a 7-5 or 8-4 season and a better bowl is worth so, so, so much more.
If we can't beat Tulsa 3 times in a 12 month period...our program is not where it needs to be. WIN THEM ALL!!
After the dust settles a bowl game is nothing more than a add-on exhibition (unless of course you happen to play in one of the top half dozen).
The regular season game has real weight considering it'd be an early season loss to a perceived lesser team.
If we lost either, I would view that as a major disappointment, but we need to be 3-0 against sub-par non-conference competition consistently moving forward.
If I had to pick one, it would be next season and it isn't even close. Bowl wins are nice but at the level of bowl game we've been going to, they really mean nothing except for maybe some momentum going into next year. But if we lose to Tulsa in 2013 that momentum will be gone. Just like all non-con games, the Tulsa game will be an important one to get to 6+ wins next year.