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November 30, 2010 at 4:04 PM

Tuesday notes — Oklahoma State a likely opponent for Holiday bowl; and Apple Cup matches two teams that have played tough schedules

As has been well-documented all week, if UW wins the Apple Cup it is likely heading to the Holiday Bowl.
And the identity of its possible opponent there has become a lot clearer this afternoon with the announcement this afternoon that Texas A&M is heading to the Cotton Bowl.
According to Stewart Mandel of SI.com, that will set off a domino effect that would send Oklahoma State to the Holiday Bowl. The Columbia Tribune also has more on how this may impact the Big 12’s bowl pairings (the conference that is the opponent for both the Alamo and Holiday bowls, the two most likely destinations for UW).
Oklahoma State is 10-2, losing only tight games to Nebraska and Oklahoma, and with an offense that has scored 40 or more points in eight games this season — so obviously a stiff test for whatever team faces it in the Holiday Bowl. Among those wins was a 65-17 victory over Washington State in its season opener.
But obviously, UW’s got to get there first before it worries about Oklahoma State.
IN OTHER NEWS. …
— This week’s Sagarin ratings are out. And while it’s surely not a surprise to anyone paying attention, it’s worth noting that he has UW rated has having played the toughest schedule in the country, and WSU as having played the No. 2 schedule in the country.
In fact, every Pac-10 team is rated in the top 19 in strength of schedule, and it’s playing nine games against each other that has all of the conference teams rated so highly.
Expect Oregon State to surpass UW and WSU in strength of schedule next week, however, as OSU plays No. 1 rated Oregon while the Cougars and Huskies obviously play each other.
— By the way, UW is No. 41 in the Sagrain ratings, WSU 75. And if you play out the predictor formula, Sagrain calls for the Huskies to beat the Cougars by four Saturday.
— WSU safety Tyree Toomer is quoted in a free story on Scout.com that “that cup is coming into Pullman and it’s staying here.” The story also includes some WSU injury updates.
— ESPN.com’s Ted Miller previews the Apple Cup and says that this time “the stakes are real.”
— ESPN’s Scott Van Pelt apparently had some nice things to say about UW and Jake Locker on his show yesterday, and you can find a podcast in this link here.
— Lots of Apple Cup talk on ESPN 710 Seattle today.
More after practice.

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