FACT: Five of the six winners of the Rodeo Bowl have gone on to win the Texas Bowl (or whatever it happened to be called that year).
FACT: Syracuse won the Rodeo Bowl on Monday evening.
FACT: Syracuse is probably going to win the Texas Bowl now.
The Orange started off the event right by winning the Touchdown Dance Competition...
@Cuse receives three 8's from the judges for the touch down dance competition. Gophers up next pic.twitter.com/PQ03HXVSW8— Texas Bowl (@TexasBowl) December 23, 2013
Event 1: Offensive line dance off #yeehaww pic.twitter.com/ws1iQuglOz— Syracuse Athletics (@Cuse) December 23, 2013
Minnesota struck back in Calf Penning to even things up...
@GopherFootball with a time of 1:18 Cuse-2 Gophers-0 #RodeoBowl pic.twitter.com/7wjbOpF2P4— Texas Bowl (@TexasBowl) December 23, 2013
Up next was Mascot Roping, the ultimate test of how in-tune a football team is with their mascot. The Orange cruised to victory, 4-1.
Syracuse is still undefeated! We lassoed Otto for win number three! #OrangeNation #yeehaww pic.twitter.com/gUSsbz4JGo— Syracuse Athletics (@Cuse) December 23, 2013
SU followed that up with another win in Chalk Branding, "branding" their calf in 27 seconds, which sounds good? I don't know. It took the Gophers 35 seconds, which, sounds bad?
The cow branding champs! (Don't worry it was just chalk) #OrangeNation #yeehaw pic.twitter.com/Py27jIbcku— Syracuse Athletics (@Cuse) December 24, 2013
Stick Horse Racing, which incidentally is how Wyatt Earp actually used to settle all of his differences, went to Syracuse as well…
@Cuse is the winner of the stick horse racing event! pic.twitter.com/k3YpZgY5nv— Texas Bowl (@TexasBowl) December 24, 2013
Minnesota stayed alive in the Calf Ribbon Pull, whatever that is.
With victory in their grasp, the Orange dominated the last event of the night, the Hay Bale Toss. With that, Syracuse rode off into the sunset as pre-victors. Northern Rodeo returns to its rightful place. Now all that's left is the actual winning. And roasting marshmallows...
Congrats to @Cuse for being our 2013 Rodeo Bowl winners! pic.twitter.com/TYug1STbzo— Texas Bowl (@TexasBowl) December 24, 2013
Cuse nearly swept the Rodeo Bowl! Foreshadowing for Friday? #OrangeNation #yeehaww pic.twitter.com/EtxxwTFsAO— Syracuse Athletics (@Cuse) December 24, 2013
Roasting marshmallows! #yeehaww pic.twitter.com/kAN6uezJPD— Syracuse Athletics (@Cuse) December 24, 2013