With the regular season concluding on Saturday in Seattle against the Washington Huskies, California's bowl game is still very much up in the air. In fact, the entire Pac-10 is quite murky as to where teams will end up going bowling once Saturday concludes. There is one certain thing, that the winner of the Civil War between Oregon and Oregon State will go to the Rose Bowl, and from there any number of things can happen. From the Contra Costa Times:
"It appears the Sun Bowl or Emerald Bowl are the Bears' most likely destinations. If USC wins its final two games, Oregon beats Oregon State and Cal beats Washington, the Ducks will win the Pac-10 and there would be a four-way tie for second place. In that scenario, the Holiday Bowl, which gets the second-place team, almost assuredly would select USC. The Sun Bowl gets the third-place team and is believed to be strongly interested in Cal, partly because the Bears are the only Pac-10 team never to play in the game.
If Oregon State beats Oregon, the Ducks would go to the Holiday Bowl and the Sun Bowl likely would choose USC, leaving the Emerald Bowl to choose among Cal, Stanford and either Arizona or UCLA.
But those scenarios presume USC wins out and Cal takes care of the Huskies. Arizona also could win its final two games and finish in a tie for second. Or USC and Arizona both could split their final two games and finish behind Cal, Stanford and Oregon State.
The bottom line is the Bears could play in one of five bowls — Holiday, Sun, Emerald, Las Vegas or Poinsettia. Cal played in the Holiday Bowl in 2004 and 2006."
That being said, I am rooting against any scenario that will send us to the Sun Bowl. Don't get me wrong, I'm sure El Paso, TX is a great place to be and watch a game...but not on New Year's Eve. My friends and I are hoping for an excuse to go to Vegas so that's always high on everyone's list, and the Emerald bowl last season was fun and easy as we all live in San Francisco anyway. Not only would the Poinsettia Bowl be disappointing because it means we've slipped in the conference rankings, but nobody wants to travel to it. This weekend will be exciting if for nothing else than to finally figure out where all the Pac-10 schools will be bowling. I'm all in for Vegas or the Emerald Bowl!