Some time ago, I lamented about the fact that the 2008 college football season was coming to an end. Little did I realize that, with five World Financial Group sponsored Pac-10 teams playing in the college "post season", college football wasn't ending anytime soon. Since that proved to be the case, I take back what I said about being sad about the end of the season. It's only getting longer.
So far this bowl season, two Pac-10 teams won in locales such as Las Vegas and San Diego. Another two name town, San Diego, plays host tonight to the Pacific Life Holiday Bowl. In Qualcomm Stadium, the Oklahoma State Cowboys of the Big 12 will face the Oregon Ducks of the Pac-10. The game will be televised by ESPN with kickoff scheduled for 5 PT (8 ET).
I did some reading up on the Holiday Bowl and found out some interesting things:
Qualcomm Stadium was originally opened in 1967 as San Diego Stadium.
The first Holiday Bowl was played in 1978, with Navy defeating BYU.
The named changed for the first time in 1982, becoming Jack Murphy Stadium. The Super Bowl was played three times here. The first two games featured the Denver Broncos.
And the San Diego Chargers currently call Qualcomm Stadium Home.
Despite the bowl game being held in Pac-10 country, Oregon will be the visiting team in tonight's contest. But that's not to say that both teams hadn't been visiting the area. Both the Ducks and the Cowboys arrived on Christmas Day and, in between practicing, the teams had been on many a fun excursion. For example:
On the 26th, the teams visited the San Diego Zoo. The next day, it was a trip to Sea World. There's a Wizard of Oz joke here, but I can't think of it right now.
Yesterday, both teams were featured in the "Port of San Diego Big Bay Balloon Parade", which has been billed as "America's Largest Balloon Parade". The Grand Marshall this year was Kermit The Frog.
The Ducks are no stranger to the Holiday Bowl. This will be their third appearance. In 2000, Oregon emerged victorious over Texas. But in 2005, they lost a close one to Oklahoma. As for the Cowboys, this is their first apperance here in twenty years. And that last game was no contest: a 62-14 win over Wyoming. Will these teams remember their previous records? Among the Ducks, Joey Harrington was the Offensive MVP of the 2000 game while in 2005, Anthony Trucks earned Co-Defensive MVP honors. Among game records, Matt Dragich of the Ducks has the most punting yards with 361, including one going for 56. Will Oregon and Oklahoma State break any of these records? We'll find out tonight!