Field factor favors Toledo, Hawaii

Originally Published: November 26, 2004
By Rich Podolsky | Special to ESPN Insider
When it comes to bowl games, there are intangibles to consider besides who has the better team. One of the first things to look for is incentive. Often the little guys knock off teams from the BCS conferences because the games mean a lot more to them.

Home field or playing close to home can often make a big difference. For example, Toledo isn't far from Detroit, where it's playing in the Motor City Bowl, but it's halfway across the country for its opponent, Connecticut. There are few things you can count on in life, but apparently, Hawaii at home is now one of them.

Rich Podolsky

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