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November 27, 2010 at 7:05 AM

Gameday links — Huskies could end up in a better bowl than Boise State

Wow, what a Friday night that revealed again that you just never know.
And believe it or not, the winner of today’s UW-Cal game could now get a better bowl than Boise State, which apparently is headed to the Humanitarian or the Kraft Fight Hunger after that ESPN Classic-of-a-loss to Nevada (and it barely needs to be said how unfair that seems, but that’s a topic for another blog post).
All the Pac-10 teams, meanwhile, could move up a notch with the Boise loss, as Jon Wilner explains, which could put Stanford in a BCS bowl, Arizona in the Alamo and put UW, Cal or Oregon State — whichever can get eligible — in the Holiday Bowl (and next after that would be the Sun or Vegas).
So suffice to say, Boise State’s loss only increases the stakes on today’s UW-Cal game — and I’m not forgetting that UW also has to win the Apple Cup to get to a bowl, but for today this is what is at stake for the Huskies as they have to get this one first.
It all makes it more evident that a lot is on the line today for the Huskies, the rewards not that bad considering everything. Now we’re about to find out how the Huskies respond.
UPDATE — As I get ready to leave my hotel room here at about 9 a.m., it is overcast and drizzling. Not sure who that favors, but something at least UW is used to.
On with the links. …
— Here’s my story previewing today’s game, noting that UW hopes to replicate last year’s 42-10 win over Cal.
— GoHuskies.com says UW hopes to “finish” today against the Bears.
Jim Moore picks the Huskies to win (a bad omen since he’s usually even more wrong than I am on this stuff — but since I picked Cal and he picked UW, I think we can’t both be wrong on this day).
— Cal coach Jeff Tedford says in the San Francisco Chronicle’s preview story that the game is essentially akin to a playoff.
— The San Jose Mercury News notes that a loss today would give Cal its first losing season since 2001.
— The San Jose Mercury News also offers a matchup box on the game.
— And here’s the AP preview of the game.
— The season for UW commit QB Joseph Gray of Dorsey High in LA is over after his team lost a playoff game to Taft Friday night.
— Moving on to other Pac-10 games, Oregon beat Arizona Friday to stay alive for the BCS title game. Among the better things written on that topic is this column from John Canzano.
— ESPN.com’s Ted Miller has the nuts and bolts on that game.
— LA Times columnist T.J. Simers wonders how much more time former UW coach Rick Neuheisel will have at UCLA now that the Bruins are destined for a losing season after a 55-34 loss to Arizona State Friday.
— The LA Times’ weekly letters section includes lots of questioning over the job Neuheisel is doing.
— Everything you’d want to know on that game from a UCLA standpoint from Jon Gold.
— And here’s a view of the game from an ASU perspective.
All for now.

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