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December 5, 2010 at 3:48 PM

Huskies will rematch with Nebraska in Holiday Bowl UPDATED

In returning to a bowl for the first time since 2002, the Huskies will get a chance to avenge one of their tougher losses of this season as UW will play Nebraska in the Holiday Bowl Dec. 30 in San Diego.
I can now comfirm what is also being reported in several other places, as well. Tom Shatel of the Omaha World-Herald is reported is among those also reporting that the Huskies will match up with Nebraska.
And the San Diego Union-Tribune is also reporting the matchup.
Nebraska beat UW 56-21 in Seattle on Sept. 18, taking a 14-0 lead after two possessions and never letting up.
Bowl rematches are not common, but the Holiday Bowl had no choice in who it would take of Pac-10 teams after the Alamo selected, with that bowl siding with Arizona, which at 7-5 finished with a better record than UW overall and beat the Huskies 44-14 during the season.
And Nebraska fell to the Holiday when the Insight passed, instead taking Missouri. The Holiday has the fifth pick of Big 12 schools.
However, this rematch seems even a little more unlikely on the face of it because UW will also play at Nebraska next year, meaning the two teams will meet three times in 12 months. Also, Nebraska played in the Holiday Bowl last year, demolishing Arizona 33-0.
But it’s the bowls that make the picks on this and UW has no real say in the matter as it was obligated to go there per the Pac-10 contracts.
And one rumor making the rounds is that the Big 12 pushed for favorable matchups for the schools that are staying in its conference. Nebraska is bolting the conference for the Big Ten after this season (which also could be one reason the Holiday would have no trouble taking the Cornhuskers as it would be the bowl’s last chance to get it via the contract with the Big 12).
Nebraska finished the regular season 10-3 after losing to Oklahoma in the Big 12 title game Saturday, 23-20.
UW and Nebraska have played five times since 1991, with UW sweeping a home-and-home in 91 and 92, and Nebraska sweeping a home-and-home in 1997 and 1998 as well as this year’s win at Husky Stadium.
Here’s a story I wrote on the history of the series in September, as well as a blog post.
And here’s my game story with details of the loss to Nebraska in September.
I’ll update as the night progresses.

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