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November 23, 2010 at 9:15 PM

Holiday Bowl would be happy with 6-6 Huskies (or Bears)

As we’ve detailed on here a lot the past few weeks, the hard part of getting to a bowl game for the Huskies is winning the next two games and achieving a 6-6 record.
If the Huskies can get to 6-6, a bowl game will be there, possibly including the Holiday Bowl in San Diego on Dec. 30 against a Big 12 team.
The Holiday Bowl has the No. 3 selection of Pac-10 teams — it used to have the No. 2 before moving down a notch when the conference signed a deal with the Alamo Bowl in San Antonio. And with the possibility that as few as three or four Pac-10 teams could get bowl eligible and that Oregon could move up to the national title game, the Holiday Bowl could very well get the winner of Saturday’s game between UW and Cal in Berkeley.
Given that the Holiday Bowl has often featured some pretty marquee matchups through the years, potentially getting a 6-6 team might seem like a little bit of a comedown.
But Scott Alevy, a member of the board of directors for the game, said today the Holiday Bowl would be happy to get the Huskies or the Cal Bears.
Alevy will represent the Holiday Bowl at the UW-Cal game, saying that “it’s very possible that whoever wins the Cal-Washington game will be (in the Holiday Bowl) because if Washington beats Cal and then beats Washington State they would be a very attractive team to come to the Holiday Bowl.”
Though just two weeks remain in the season, as Alevy said “there’s a lot that can still happen,” and a variety of scenarios for which teams could end up where.
But Alevy said that one of the most likely is that Oregon heads to the national title game and Stanford gets left out of the BCS due to the provision that the Rose Bowl would then have to take a non-BCS team. If that happens, Stanford likely goes to the Alamo, Arizona to the Holiday and Cal or UW to the Sun, assuming one them gets eligible (they both can’t since they play each other Saturday).
But an Auburn loss to Alabama this weekend would put in place scenarios where both Oregon and Stanford could end up in the BCS, which would then move all the Pac-10 teams up and mean that Cal or UW could head to San Diego.
Obviously, a bowl exec isn’t going to besmirch one of the schools that could end up in his game, and since the contracts are signed, the Holiday has little choice but to like it if it’s left with Cal or UW.
But Alevy insisted the Holiday would be genuinely excited to have the Huskies noting that UW has played in the game three times previously (1996, 1999 and 2001).
“They’ve always performed well in the Holiday Bowl (UW is 0-3 but all the games were tight) and has always traveled well,” he said. “For us it would be very exciting for Washington to be the potential team.”

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