Saturday was a good day for NC State's bowl hopes. Two teams who could snatch up bids, Arizona State and Arkansas State were defeated, leaving open two at-large bids.
It is being speculated that the Wolfpack is hoping to be invited to play in the 2008 Papajohns.com Bowl, which would match them up against a Big East foe, most likely Rutgers. However, at 6-6, the Wolfpack can't be invited to a bowl until all of the 7-5 teams have been accounted for in the bowl selection process.
"Obviously, we'd love to have N.C. State," said Chris Turner, senior director of programming and events of ESPN Regional TV, which owns the Papajohns.com Bowl, told The Birmingham News. "It's our understanding they want to come and at some point it's up to the NCAA to allow that to occur."
The two teams ahead of NC State who are waiting to be invited, Western Michigan (9-3) and Louisiana Tech (7-5), are likely headed to and Indepence Bowl respectively but nothing is official.
Until those two have been invited, NC State can't formally be offered a bid by the Papajohns.com Bowl or any of the other bowls with open at-large slots. Those bowls include: Texas Bowl, Independence Bowl, Motor City Bowl, and the Hawaii Bowl.
Because these bowls all have at-large spots and NC State, along with Notre Dame (6-6), are rumored to be the two teams most-likely to be extended bids, it is appears to be definite that the Wolfpack will be playing in a bowl. Now it is just a matter of finding out where.
The destination will likely be Alabama. The 2008 Papajohns.com Bowl is played at Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama on December 29th.
Either way, all of the teams headed to postseason play will know their destinations today so stay tuned!
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