Arizona still factors in potential Alamo Bowl decisionby Anthony Gimino on Dec. 03, 2010, under Sports
The Alamo Bowl might have no choice but to take a 7-5 Arizona team that has lost four games in a row.
If Oregon beats Oregon State on Saturday, it will go to the BCS national championship game. Stanford, if it holds its No. 4 position in the BCS standings, is locked into a BCS game, too.
And if Washington State beats visiting Washington on Saturday, the Huskies finish with five victories and won’t be bowl eligible … leaving Arizona as the only other eligible team from the Pac-10.
So, the Alamo Bowl, which has the next pick of Pac-10 teams after the BCS, would have to take the Wildcats.
But what if Washington wins?
The Huskies would be only 6-6, but they would be finishing strong, as opposed to the Wildcats. And it’s no longer a rule that all teams with winning records (such as Arizona) have to be placed into bowls in front of 6-6 teams (such as, potentially, Washington).
It would seem that Washington would be a more attractive choice with a more fired-up fan base that would be happy to travel to San Antonio to see quarterback Jake Locker’s final game and the program’s first bowl since the 2002 season.
I think it is a no-brainer that the Alamo should take Washington.
But Alamo Bowl spokesman Rick Hill told the Seattle Times’ Bob Condotta this morning that Arizona is still very much in the picture.
“They are still a very attractive seven-win team that has a quarterback (Nick Foles) from Austin who has thrown for over 700 yards the last two games,” Hill told the Seattle Times. “I think locally, Arizona is still very attractive to us.”
Other potential destinations for Arizona are the Holiday Bowl in San Diego and the Sun Bowl in El Paso.