As the University of Oklahoma Sooners and the Boise State Broncos prepare for their match-up in the Fiesta Bowl, Gov. Brad Henry and Idaho Gov. James Risch are making a friendly wager on the outcome of the game.
The governor whose team comes up short will donate a basket of good that are made in his state to a charitable organization of the winning governor’s choice.
Gov. Henry said he looks forward to an OU win at the Fiesta Bowl.
“I have unwavering confidence that Coach Stoops and our Sooners will make Monday a triumphant one for the Crimson and Cream,” he said. “Boise State is an excellent team, but I plan to kick off the New Year with another OU victory.”
Gov. Risch expressed similar confidence in the Broncos.
“All Idahoans are excited about this game against Oklahoma and are confident that the Broncos will prevail against this legendary team,” said Risch. “I am very happy to put up some of our state’s best products. I know, however, that Governor-elect Otter will be collecting on this wager.”
Idaho Governor-elect C.L. “Butch” Otter said he is very willing to get in on the wager.
“As the first and only Idaho governor to be an alumnus of Boise State, I consider this game a matter of personal as well as school and state pride,” Otter said. “I’m proud of the Broncos’ talent and enthusiasm, and I will be pulling for them. Either way, a great charity and everyone participating in or watching the game will come out winners.”
The 36th Annual Fiesta Bowl will be played for the first time in the new University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, a suburb of Phoenix. Kick-off is set for 7:50 p.m.