At some point soon, and not soon enough, we’ll get back to talking and writing and analyzing football. And at some point today, we should get closer to that as the Huskies are expected to formally learn of their bowl destination.
There’s a chance of Oregon landing a BCS bowl bid, which would start a chain reaction for the rest of the Pac-12 to move up. But I don’t know how likely that is.
“(I)f Oregon gets to the BCS, it would leave the Alamo Bowl, ironically, with no choice but to take Arizona State, loser of the Pac-12 title game to Stanford. ASU, at 8-1 in the league, is two games better than any other choice available to the Alamo, which would exceed the one-game limit allowed for a Pac-12 bowl to “jump“ a lower team.
USC has indicated it wants to play in an early bowl rather than delay a transition to a new coaching staff, so the Holiday would be deciding between UCLA and Washington. The Sun would take the team the Holiday doesn’t, USC figures for the Las Vegas Bowl, and the Fight Hunger would decide between Washington State and Arizona, with the New Mexico probably taking what’s left.
More likely is the setup that took shape after last weekend’s end of the regular season in the Pac-12.”
A few links:
— Family was a big reason Chris Petersen stayed in Boise for 13 years. Now he’ll coach the team his father grew up rooting for.
— Jerry Brewer: Petersen is more substance, less style.
— The Idaho Statesman’s Brian Murphy: “Pete in purple. Jarring.”
— A nice open letter to Petersen from one of his former Boise players.
— The AP wraps up a wild championship Saturday.