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July 23, 2007 at 12:11 PM

Pac-10 announces new bowl agreement

The Pac-10 today announced a couple of new bowl arrangements for future seasons.
Here’s the official relase from the Pac-10 Conference:
WALNUT CREEK, Calif.–The Pacific-10 Conference has reached agreements to provide teams to the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl and the Sheraton Hawai’i Bowl. Each agreement is for two years covering the 2008 and 2009 football seasons.
Following the 2008 season, the Pac-10’s sixth-place team will participate in the Sheraton Hawai’i Bowl and the seventh-place team will play in the Poinsettia Bowl. Those spots will be reversed following the 2009 season with the sixth-place team playing in San Diego and the seventh-place team going to Hawai’i.
“The Pac-10 is very pleased with these new agreements,” said Commissioner Tom Hansen. “We are happy to continue our relationship with the Sheraton Hawai’i Bowl and to begin one with the Poinsettia Bowl in San Diego, where the Conference already has such an outstanding relationship with the Pacific Life Holiday Bowl. Hawai’i and San Diego are great destinations for our fans and wonderful rewards for a successful season for our member institutions.”
ADDED COMMENT:
For this season, the Pac-10 has these bowl partners:
1, Rose or BCS national title game;
2, Holiday
3, Sun
4, Emerald
5, Las Vegas
6, Armed Forces Bowl (Fort Worth)
Am assuming the top five will remain the same in 2008 and 2009, coupled with the new bowl arrangements at the bottom.
MORE COMMENT (Added 1:40 p.m.:) This agreement should quiet just a bit one of the main criticisms I’ve heard of Hansen through the years, that the conference hasn’t been aggressive enough about getting all of its teams in bowl games.
Last year, for instance, one more Pac-10 team — either Arizona or WSU — would have gone bowling had the conference had an agreement to send its No.7 team somewhere. Both finished 6-6 overall and 4-5 in conference play with UA likely getting the nod because it beat WSU.
Several other 6-6 teams around the country made it to bowl games, but they can only go if they fulfill a conference agreement, or every other eligible team is already in a bowl. Arizona and WSU were left at home last season because the Pac-10 had agreements for only six teams, and there weren’t any slots available for other 6-6 teams.
The Pac-10 has sent seven teams to bowl games only once, in 2002 (a year when it might have sent eight except Cal, which went 7-5, was banned).
Adding a seventh bowl spot doesn’t help UW this year, but then Washington’s task is pretty simple. Since UW plays 13 games, it has to go 7-6 to get to a bowl game. And going 7-6 against that schedule would undoubtedly assure a berth somewhere.

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