After reading Matt Moore’s excellent write-ups the past couple of weeks on WSU’s bowl forecast, including Sunday night’s latest, there are really only two places WSU should end up: the Holiday or Foster Farms bowl.
Moos has undoubtedly been working various selection committees ever since the Cougs became bowl eligible. But this week, with the regular season now in the books, figures to see Moos jump into overdrive.
There are various machinations to still take place. The Pac-12 title game has broad implications depending on if Stanford or USC wins. But that won’t stop Moos from making the rounds.
Unless something unexpected happens, Washington State is probably going to be competing for a Holiday Bowl bid against Utah, USC and UCLA.
USC played in the Holiday last year, and bowls do not like return customers. The Holiday would have to choose to take UCLA with one fewer conference win than WSU, Utah and USC. UCLA also played there somewhat recently, in 2012.
That would Utah as Washington State's primary competition.
Cue Bill Moos.
But if the Holiday passes on Washington State, the Foster Farms could go with USC, which would drop Washington State to the Sun Bowl.
Any bowl game is going to be seen as a boon to Cougar fans after an 8-4 campaign that included wins over Oregon, UCLA and both Arizona schools. But the Sun would be a disappointment when the Cougs had the possibility of playing in one of the Tier I bowls: the Holiday or Foster Farms (and the Alamo although that seems unlikely). .
Again, cue Bill Moos.
It’s going to be a busy, interesting week for the Washington State Director of Athletics.
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