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November 30, 2010 at 10:39 AM

Could the Huskies end up in the Alamo Bowl?

The most likely landing spot for Washington should the Huskies get post-season eligible remains the Holiday Bowl in San Diego Dec. 30.
But depending on how outcomes evolve this weekend, there is a chance that the Huskies could end up in the Alamo Bowl Dec. 29 in San Antonio, which Rick Hill, a spokesman for the Alamo Bowl, confirmed this morning.
“Is there a scenario? Yes,” he said of UW getting to the Alamo Bowl. “Is it likely? No.”
For UW to have any chance to get to the Alamo Bowl, it has to beat the Cougars (which UW has to do to get to any bowl) while Arizona loses to Arizona State Thursday night. The Alamo Bowl has the No. 2 choice of Pac-10 teams following the BCS, while the Holiday Bowl has the third.
If Arizona beats ASU then it will be headed to San Antonio (except for the very slight possibility that Stanford gets left out of the BCS and then the Cardinal might be headed there, instead, moving everyone in the conference down a spot).
“If Arizona takes care of business they will be coming our way,” Hill said. “If Arizona lost, Washington would become a serious consideration if they won the Apple Cup.”
But he said there are lots of scenarios where Arizona could lose to Arizona State and still be the choice of the Alamo Bowl, so he said it’s not accurate to say that an Arizona loss and a UW win this weekend would necessarily send the Huskies to San Antonio.
The biggest factor in making the decision if UA loses and UW wins is what kind of feel the bowl gets from the respective fan bases about being willing and able to travel to the game. An Arizona loss to ASU would be its fourth straight to end the season, so Hill said the Alamo Bowl would want to be assured that Wildcat fans would still want to make the trip. He said they are also having some talks with UW officials this week to get a sense of how enthusiastic Husky fans might be to make that trip, especially considering a bowl seemed like a longshot for UW just two weeks ago.
Hill said the Alamo Bowl will have a rep at the Arizona-ASU game Thursday in Tucson and if Arizona wins, their work will pretty much be done.
But he said the bowl has “tentative reservations” to send a representative to the Apple Cup in case there is a need to scout out the Huskies.
There are other factors at play, as well. Hill noted that Arizona went to the Holiday Bowl a year ago and that “it would help the conference out for us to have Arizona here as opposed to picking Washington and then sending Arizona back-to-back years to the Holiday. So there are a lot of moving parts.”
Another is that the Alamo Bowl could get Oklahoma as its Big 12 representative, which would pit the coaching Stoops’ brothers, something they have wanted to avoid but that ESPN might want.
Hill said Arizona going to the Alamo Bowl “is probably the best scenario for everyone. But we are letting people know there are other possibilities.”
But barring major upsets, the most likely scenario for UW remains heading to the Holiday, assuming it can beat WSU this weekend.
Bowl reps, however, have to be ready for anything, and the San Diego Union-Tribune reported today that the Holiday Bowl has sent out feelers to Notre Dame in case UW loses and the Holiday Bowl does not have a Pac-10 team available to it.



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