Louisiana Tech is coming to San Diego.
The Bulldogs clinched the WAC championship Saturday with a 44-0 win over New Mexico State. The victory sends Louisiana Tech to the Poinsettia Bowl and will play either TCU or Boise State on Dec. 21.
The Poinsettia Bowl has the first pick of WAC teams in this year’s slate of bowl games. It was all set to invite Nevada two weeks ago, but the Bulldogs defeated the Wolf Pack and took the inside track for the WAC championship.
“We are excited about going to San Diego for the bowl game,” Louisiana Tech head coach Sonny Dykes said Saturday. “It will be a great experience for our players.”
As for the Holiday Bowl, no teams have been invited yet, but the picture has narrowed for who might get selected from the Pac-12.
Utah, Washington and California are three teams that finished 7-5. Barring a UCLA upset over Oregon in the Pac-12 title game, one of those teams will be in San Diego for the Holiday Bowl.
The Huskies won the Holiday Bowl last year. The Bears have been to the Holiday Bowl twice in the last seven years and went to the Poinsettia Bowl in 2009.
“We’ve had great experiences with the Cal football team, and their athletic department and fans have been absolutely fantastic,” Mark Neville, the San Diego Bowl Game Association’s director of communications, told the San Jose Mercury-News. “The BCS has to shake out, and the Alamo Bowl picks ahead of us. Obviously, Cal is in the discussion and played their way into it, which is terrific.”
Poinsettia Bowl, Dec. 21 on ESPN—WAC No. 1 versus Mountain West No. 2
Prediction: Louisiana Tech Bulldogs versus TCU Horned Frogs
The Horned Frogs might be the Mountain West champions, but they might be passed on by the Las Vegas Bowl. Boise State is definitely the bigger draw for Vegas, leaving TCU to come to San Diego.
If Boise State gets a BCS bid, then TCU will go to Las Vegas, leaving either Wyoming or San Diego State for the Poinsettia Bowl.
Holiday Bowl, Dec. 28 on ESPN—Pac-12 No. 3 versus Big 12 No. 5
Prediction: California Golden Bears versus Texas Longhorns
I think it’s pretty simple for the Big 12: the winner of the Texas-Baylor game this week goes to the Alamo Bowl; the loser comes to San Diego. The Insight Bowl—which has the Big 12’s No. 4 pick—will take Kansas State.
As for the Pac-12, I think Washington will play Baylor in the Alamo Bowl. Utah’s loss to Colorado last week takes the luster off of the Utes.
That leaves a Cal-Texas Holiday Bowl, which will be intriguing. Seven years ago, most thought that the Bears were a lock for the Rose Bowl. However, the Longhorns jumped them in the BCS standings (thanks to some lobbying from Mack Brown), landing Texas in the Rose Bowl and sending Cal to the Holiday Bowl.
Maybe this year’s Holiday Bowl will be a revenge bowl for the Bears.
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