What we know is that the Huskies will play in a bowl.
What we don’t know is where or when. And that probably won’t be known until next Sunday after the conference title games and the BCS selections are announced.
Mark Wallington, a spokesman for the Maaco Las Vegas Bowl, said tonight he doesn’t expect any of the Pac-12’s bowls to be set until next weekend.
“I don’t see anything being decided until next Sunday,” he said. “We are kind of at the mercy of the BCS.”
It appears likely now that the Pac-12 will get two teams in the BCS, with both Oregon and Stanford winning today.
Stanford’s win sets up a UCLA-Stanford Pac-12 title game, with the winner being the conference’s official representative into the BCS, and to the Rose Bowl. Oregon’s win makes the Ducks 11-1 and almost certainly into the BCS as an at-large (maybe the Fiesta).
The Pac-12 has six other bowl spots and six other bowl eligible teams. So assuming the above holds out, then all six of the other conference teams will find homes in Pac-12 bowls.
At this point, it seems UW’s only real options on that list are the bottom three — the Las Vegas, the Kraft Fight Hunger and the New Mexico.
While UW’s loss in the Apple Cup didn’t help Washington’s bowl profile, the pictured was muddied when Arizona State then beat Arizona, making all three of those teams 7-5.
At this point, it seems a lock UW, Arizona and Arizona State will fill the bottom three spots — it’s just a matter of who goes where.
Wallington said UW remains on the Vegas Bowl’s list.
“Absolutely,” he said. “They have so much going for them as far as never having been here and there’s such ease for their fans to get here and I think their fans want to be here. They have a lot of pros on their side even with the loss, especially with other teams in the Pac- 12 losing, as well.”
Since ASU went to Las Vegas last year and played Boise State —- which is likely to play in the bowl this year — the Vegas bowl’s choice ultimately may come down to UW and Arizona, though Wallington said nothing has been decided. He said the Vegas Bowl’s committee will meet sometime this week to discuss things a little more.
“It’s really impossible to tell anything right now,” he said.