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November 27, 2011 at 8:57 PM

Sunday night notes — On bowls, and other stuff

I spent a little time today talking to officials with the Alamo and Holiday bowls in putting together this story for the Monday paper —- the two that seem the most likely for the Huskies.

The upshot? No one knows anything yet and won’t until Dec. 4.

“We won’t make an announcement until next Sunday —- there are too many variables,” said Rick Hill, the Alamo Bowl’s vice president of marketing and communications, on Sunday morning.

Chief among those is what happens with Stanford, which seems likely headed to the BCS (and will be guaranteed if it remains in the top 4 in the BCS reankings). But until that’s official, the rest of the Pac-12 slots can’t be determined (there’s also the incredibly unlikely possibility of UCLA beating Oregon in the Pac-12 title game, as well, which would also change the complexion of the Pac-12 bowl lineup).

The Alamo (Dec. 29 in San Antonio) has the first pick of Pac-12 teams following the BCS and would surely take Stanford if it were available. More likely, the Alamo will choose between UW and Cal, considered the two favorites for the Alamo, assuming Stanford ends up in the BCS, Hill, though, said that every Pac-12 team that could be eligible remains potentially in the running.

One reason for that, he said, is that the Big 12 team that could be headed to the Alamo also remains unclear.

Hill said the bowl has somewhat narrowed its Big 12 options to the loser of the Oklahoma-Oklahoma State game, the winner of the Texas-Baylor game, or Kansas State (all tough opponents there, no doubt).

“At this point, the matchup is going to be important, what kind of storyline would there be,” he said. “All those things are factors.”

Hill spoke positively of UW but noted that the Alamo was also at the Utah-Colorado game and the Cal-ASU game as well as the Apple Cup, so it basically paid a visit to every Pac-12 team it might be interested in this weekend.

Every other bowl also has to wait for the ones at the top to make their choices, which includes the Holiday.

Mark Neville, the executive director of the Holiday Bowl, said the bowl wouldn’t have any real issue with taking UW for a second straight year. “If everything else is equal among all the teams involved, that might come into play,” he said. “But I wouldn’t put that as a big factor in the decision-making process.”

It’s worth recalling that UW didn’t know until Dec. 5 last year where it was heading since the Huskies weren’t bowl eligible until beating the Cougars on Dec. 4.

Neville said ideally the decisions would be made a lot earlier. “But it’s just way too early to tell,” he said.

So the Huskies will have to wait. The players will get the week off from football before likely returning to the field for a practice on Saturday. The coaches will hit the road recruiting.

In other news. …

Ted Miller sees UW to the Alamo, likely against Oklahoma.

— Washington State delayed a decision on Paul Wulff for at least a day, and Bud Withers say if the Cougars do fire Wulff that Mike Leach will be a main target.

— The Arizona Republic is among those reporting that Dennis Erickson will be fired soon, maybe on Monday.

— Withers also writes about the fates of Stanford and UCLA.

— There are lots of rumors of his imminent demise at UCLA, but Rick Neuheisel has at least one game left to coach and is going down swinging.

— Here’s a roundup of where UW is rated in various computer polls.

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