With all regular-season and conference championship games complete, the College Football Playoff committee convenes today to announce its final rankings. The top four teams will play in the inaugural CFP (the Rose and Sugar bowls serve as semifinal sites). The next seven teams, plus Boise State, will fill out the rest of the "New Year's Six" bowl games (Fiesta, Orange, Cotton and Peach). If Arizona is one of those teams, the Huskies will almost certainly play in the Cactus Bowl (Jan. 2 in Tempe). If not, every Pac-12 team behind Arizona also gets bumped down a peg, and the Huskies will need an at-large bid elsewhere.
The CFP selection show will air at 9:45 a.m. on ESPN. The rest of the New Year's Six bowl participants should be revealed by noon. Huskies coach Chris Petersen and select players are scheduled to meet with the media at about 5 p.m., an hour before the UW men's basketball team's 6 p.m. game against 13th-ranked San Diego State.
--- Yahoo considers Arizona a "lock" for the Fiesta Bowl due to proximity, and therefore projects the Huskies to the Cactus against Oklahoma State.
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--- CBS Sports also sees a Cactus Bowl trip for the Huskies, also matching them against Oklahoma State.
--- Mark Schlabach of ESPN.com also predicts Arizona will play in the Fiesta Bowl.
--- Sounding like a broken record here: Stewart Mandel of FOX Sports also has UW in the Cactus against Oklahoma State.
There’s one provision that will likely hurt the Wildcats. The Orange Bowl has an arrangement with the ACC to always have a team from that league in that game. So if Florida State makes the Playoff, the Orange would have to take an ACC team (likely Georgia Tech), even if it isn’t ranked in the top 11 — meaning UA actually may have to finish in the top 10.
---Huskies quarterback recruit Jake Browning set the national high-school record for career touchdown passes with his 220th
--- There's also a UW men's basketball game today, and a pretty big one, as the Huskies host No. 13 San Diego State at 6 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks).
--- An interesting story here about the last time San Diego State visited Hec Edmundson Pavilion, and some comments from an SDSU player who chose the Aztecs over the Huskies.
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