Minnesota vs. Iowa State
Dec. 31, Tempe, Ariz. (NFL Network, 6 ET)
Why to watch: Because nothing gets the party started like a matchup of 6-6 teams.
Who's happier to be there: Both teams should be happy to flee the Midwest for New Year's in the desert. But the happiness edge goes to the Cyclones, who haven't been bowling since 2005.
Moderately useful Dash fact: Iowa State (23)
might be the nation's ultimate rope-a-dope defense. The Cyclones are 99th in yards allowed (414 per game) but 43rd in points allowed (22.6).
Completely useless Dash fact: Iowa State's only two victories over Minnesota came in the 19th century: 1897 and '98, to be exact. Gophers lead the all-time series 22-2-1.
Dash pick: Minnesota 24, Iowa State 17.