Word leaked out this afternoon from various media outlets that the Holiday Bowl should feature a very interesting matchup - again.
Excited Washington is in.
And disgruntled Nebraska is in as well.
These schools met Sept. 18 in Seattle. The Cornhuskers dominated the game, 56-21. They also meet next year in Lincoln, Neb.
Here is a chart I put together for the Monday edition:
33rd HOLIDAY BOWL
Washington (6-6)Vs. Nebraska (10-3)Dec. 30, Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego.
Kickoff: 7 p.m. PT. TV: ESPN. Tickets: Single passes range from $80 to $95.
Allocations: Pac-10’s No. 3 team versus Big 12’s No. 5 team.
UW previous trips to Holiday Bowl:* 1996: Colorado 33, Washington 21.* 1999: Kansas State 24, Washington 20.* 2001: Texas 47, Washington 43.
History: The game was created in 1978 as not only as a means for the Western Athletic Conference champion to host a bowl game, but also a way to get it more exposure against a nationally-ranked opponent (at first it was an at-large selection, but then became a Big Ten team).
In 1997, that arrangement dissipated when the WAC’s structure changed. So, the Holiday Bowl signed agreements with the Pac-10 and Big 12 Conferences.
In that first game in 1978, the Holiday Bowl paid out almost $220,000 to Navy and Brigham Young. That purse has increased to $2.3 to $2.5 million.
Qualcomm Stadium has filled to at least 90 percent of its capacity for the previous 32 games. Seven of the game’s outcomes have been decided by a touchdown or less.
In its history, the annual game has brought an estimated $500 million from visitors into San Diego and its surrounding areas.