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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.
— 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.
—’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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