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Husky Football Blog

The latest news and analysis on the Montlake Dawgs.

December 3, 2010 at 12:38 AM

Friday morning links — Does ASU win mean Huskies head to San Antonio?

Wow. What a beginning to the Pac-10’s rivalry weekend.
One that could send the Huskies to the Alamo Bowl in San Antonio.
The Arizona Daily Star reported early Friday morning that in the wake of Arizona’s stunning home loss to Arizona State that a member of the Alamo Bowl Board of Directors said the bowl would be compelled to pick UW if the Huskies can win the Apple Cup Saturday against Washington State.
That jibes with what Rick Hill, a spokesman for the Alamo Bowl, said in an interview with the Times earlier this week that “if Arizona lost, Washington would become a serious consideration if they won the Apple Cup.”
Well, Arizona did indeed lose Thursday night, a 30-29 double overtime loss to Arizona State that was the fourth straight defeat to end the regular season for the Wildcats.
That leaves Arizona at 7-5 overall and 4-5 in Pac-10 play.
UW can get to 6-6 overall and 5-4 in Pac-10 play with a win over Washington State.
It’s important to remember that the bowls have their choice and DO NOT have to pick in order of finish.
But Hill told me earlier this week that the Alamo Bowl would be intrigued by UW since it would have won three in a row to get bowl eligible why Arizona has lost four in a row. And playing as big a role as the record is the feeling among the bowl committee that UW fans might be more willing to pony up the money to attend the game than Arizona fans, who have gone to bowls the last two years and whose enthusiasm is surely dimmed by the four straight defeats.
UW has not been to a bowl since 2002, so any post-season game is sure to engender a lot of enthusiasm among Washington’s fan base.
With a win, UW can finish in at least a tie for third, with only Oregon and Stanford assured of finishing ahead of the Huskies in the standings (Oregon State and USC can also get to 5-4. UW has beaten both, though the Pac-10 does not technically play out any spot other than first in terms of tiebreakers, so officially all the teams would tie for third).
Hill said earlier this week that the Alamo Bowl would likely send a representative to the Apple Cup if Arizona lost to scout out the Huskies.
Still, much of this remains fluid. First off, UW has to beat WSU. Also, if Stanford for some reason falls out of the BCS (unlikely, but you never know) it would go to the Alamo and all the other Pac-10 teams move down a slot. And if Nebraska ends up as the Big 12 rep for the Alamo Bowl, the bowl might decide against pitting a rematch with the Huskies, especially considering the two also are scheduled to play against next September in Lincoln (though further muddying those waters is that Arizona and Nebraska played last year in the Holiday Bowl and no one likely wants that rematch, either).
The Alamo Bowl, which has the first pick of Pac-10 teams after the BCS, has an official payout of $3 million per team compared to $2.2 million for the Holiday, which is No. 2 after the BCS. But that money is distributed to the conference and split equally, so the difference is pretty negligble to the school.
Both bowls also feature Big 12 schools as the opponent. So not sure there is much of a difference in which bowl UW might get. The whole key is to get to one, and that obviously starts with winning Saturday.
IN OTHER NEWS. …
—- Our stories for Friday’s paper are on-line already and include this feature on WSU QB Jeff Tuel (and his connection with UW offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier). Also is this story on the relationship of Tuel and UW safety Nate Fellner, who were high school teammates.
— Also in Friday’s paper is the latest installment counting down the top QB performances in the history of the Apple Cup.
— There’s also this story on the challenge of driving to Pullman.
Vince Grippi has a Thursday night WSU practice report.
— Grippi also has a story comparing and contrasting Tuel and UW’s Jake Locker, each mobile QBs who wear the No. 10.
— Lots of coverage here from the UW Daily.
— And UW’s official site has its Gameday Central ready to go.
— ESPN.com’s Ted Miller looks at the Pac-10’s nine-game conference schedule, as well as a few other issues, in his latest mailbag.
All for now.

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