There are those that refuse to believe that the college football season is over. I'm one of those people. Yes, I'm aware that Division 1-AA are in the midst of their playoffs and there'll be many bowl games before January 8, 2009. But for those of us that love regular season college football, it's a sad time. But we at WFG are thirlled with our Pac-10 college football athletes this year.
The season ended with three games last week. In the only game to take place between two teams not located in the same state, the California Golden Bears soundly beat the Washington Huskies 48-7. This game marked Washington coach Tyrone Willingham's final game for the Huskies. In Arizona's "Duel in the Desert", the Wildcats of Arizona beat the Sun Devils of Arizona State 38-10. This was the most decisive victory in this series since 1964. Finally, the USC Trojans (with only two time outs a half) claimed the title of Pac-10 Champions and a berth in the Rose Bowl with a victory over crosstown rival UCLA 28-7.
It's a given that USC will be playing in the Rose Bowl opposite Penn State this January 1. But did you know four other Pac-10 teams will be going to bowl games of their own? A team must win at least six games in order to become "bowl eligible". And these four Pac-10 teams also made the grade. Going bowling this holiday season are:
The Arizona Wildcats. Their 7-5 finish have them playing in the Pioneer Las Vegas Bowl against BYU Cougars this December 20th.
The California Golden Bears. With an 8-4 record, they'll be travelling to San Francisco to take on the Miami Hurricanes in the Emerald Bowl on December 27th.
The Oregon Ducks. A 9-3 record scored them an invite to the Pacific Life Holiday Bowl way down I-5 in San Diego to play Oklahoma State on December 30th.
The Oregon State Beavers. Also boasting an 8-4 record, their trip to El Paso is booked to play in the Brut Sun Bowl against Pittsburgh on December 31st.
Look for more news on these teams and their individual bowl games closer to game time. But in the meantime, we at WFG thank the Pac-10 for an exciting season of football.