Poinsettia Bowl Kicks Off

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    NBCSanDiego.com

    Thousand of college football fans are in town for tonight's 5th Annual Poinsettia Bowl at Qualcomm Stadium. The University of Utah Utes will take on Cal's Golden Bears with kickoff at 5:01 p.m.

    The teams have been in town practicing for the big game. Now the fans are gearing up to cheer them on.

    Bowl officials are expecting more than 30,000 people to be in attendance as well as a national television audience watching on ESPN.

    There are still tickets left for the game between the Pac 10 and Mountain West teams. This year's bowl game will be Utah's seventh straight bowl appearance -- they played in the Poinsettia Bowl here in 2007.

    The coach says the Utes have around 25 players on the roster from Southern California so they're hoping for a big turnout from fans.

    Cal will run its school-record string of consecutive bowl appearances to seven by participating in tonight's game.

    Last night the Poinsettia Bowl coaches met with the media -- for the final time before tonight's game at the Q.

    "The team is very appreciative of being in the game and great destination here in San Diego to have a bowl game, said Kyle Whittingham, Utah head coach. "Of course great opponent, just excited to be here."

    "Our kids always have a great experience here and that's what bowl games are all about, having your kids have a great experience and playing a quality team as Utah," said Jeff Tedford, Cal's head coach.

    The Poinsettia Bowl is tonight -- the Holiday Bowl next Wednesday.