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Husky Football Blog

The latest news and analysis on the Montlake Dawgs.

November 29, 2010 at 10:43 AM

Holiday Bowl has Huskies in its sights

Scott Alevy, a member of the Holiday Bowl Board of Directors, represented the game at the UW-Cal contest Saturday ready to accept the winner as the Pac-10 team it may invite.
That it was the Huskies winning the game and possibly headed to San Diego, Alevy said, is just fine with the Holiday Bowl.
“Washington showed all the things you want to see form a bowl team,” Alvey said this morning. “They had a strong showing of alumni and support even though it was a rainy, cold holiday weekend. They were still there.”
The reality, obviously, is that the Holiday Bowl has no real choice but to spin potentially getting the Huskies in a positive light.
With just three Pac-10 teams bowl eligible, the Holiday Bowl figures to be required to take UW if the Huskies can beat WSU and become bowl eligible itself.
Oregon and Stanford appear headed to the BCS, and Alvey said all indications the Holiday Bowl has gotten is that the Alamo — which has the choice of Pac-10 teams following the BCS — will take Arizona (and in one scenario, setting up a possible Arizona-Oklahoma matchup of the coaching Stoops brothers).
Alevy said the Holiday Bowl getting Washington — and again, everything is obviously assuming UW can beat the Cougars Saturday, just as obviously not a given, but the bowl people have to do what planning they can — is “the way it is looking, and we are pretty pleased with it.”
The other side of the Holiday Bowl will feature a Big 12 team, and the most likely scenario at the moment is Missouri, with Oklahoma State also in the picture.
Assuming no other Pac-10 teams get bowl eligible, that will leave the Sun, Vegas and Kraft Fight Hunger all looking for other teams to fill the spots that were supposed to go to the Pac-10.
Among the scenarios is Boise State to the Hunger (obviously a huge drop for the Broncos), possibly against Miami, and Nevada and Utah facing off in the Vegas. The Sun Bowl is apparently looking to an SEC team (Georgia or Tennessee reportedly) to fill the void left by the Pac-10 against an ACC team (likely Boston College).
But should some upsets happen in the Pac-10 (namely, Oregon State beating Oregon) there are scenarios where UW could get bowl eligible and fall to the Sun.

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