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December 5, 2010 at 6:07 PM

Holiday Bowl says it’s excited for matchup

I just talked to Holiday Bowl president Eric Graves who said the bowl is happy with the matchup it got, even if it is a rematch of a game that was obviously far from scintillating the first time around.
“We think it has the potential to be a great game,” Graves said.
You obviously wouldn’t expect him to say much else, but Graves insisted there are lots of positives to the game. And one is the revenge angle of a UW team that won its last three games to get in to the game attempting to give a better showing against a Nebraska squad that beat it 56-21 in Seattle earlier this season. Also is UW’s enthusasim over returning to a bowl for the first time since 2002.
And Graves also noted the matchup was essentually out of the Holiday Bowl’s hands.
The Holiday Bowl had the No. 3 pick of the Pac-10, which left it with only Washington after Stanford and Oregon went to the BCS and the Alamo Bowl selected Arizona and no other Pa-10 team got bowl eligible (no doubt the Holiday would love to have had USC, which finished 8-5 but is on probation and unable to go).
And it had the No. 5 choice of the Big 12, which left it with only Nebraska after the Insight chose Missouri. The Insight had passed on Missouri a year ago and there is thought there was pressure not to do that again, especially from the Big 12 — Nebraska is leaving the conference after this year for the Big Ten.
Graves said he talked with Nebraska athletic director Tom Osborne and got assurances that the Cornhuskers will be excited about making a return trip — Nebraska beat Arizona 33-0 in the Holiday Bowl last year.
UW coach Steve Sarkisian and Nebraska coach Bo Pelini will each appear at the bowl’s annual director’s dinner on Wednesday.

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