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Huskies links: ESPN projecting UW to Armed Forces Bowl vs. Air Force

With the regular season over and all conference championship games now complete, bowl participants -- all 80 of them -- are scheduled to be finalized and announced on Sunday afternoon.

And it appears a safe bet that the Huskies will be headed to Fort Worth, Texas, for the Armed Forces Bowl, played Dec. 29 at Amon G. Carter Stadium on the Texas Christian University campus (11 a.m. PT, ESPN). That’s what Mark Schlabach and Brett McMurphy of ESPN are projecting, anyway (and because the bowl is one of 11 operated by ESPN Events, you can probably trust ESPN’s final projections).

Both Schlabach and McMurphy project Air Force as UW’s opponent. Stewart Mandel of FOX Sports also thinks UW will face Air Force in that game.

There are differing opinions. Jerry Palm of CBS still projects the Huskies to the New Mexico Bowl (Dec. 19, Albuquerque), and USA Today projects UW to the Independence Bowl (Dec. 26, Shreveport, Louisiana). SB Nation projects UW to the Heart of Dallas Bowl (Dec. 26) against Southen Mississippi.

We’ll know for sure some time today, and will pass that information along as soon as it’s available. UW coach Chris Petersen and a few players are scheduled to be available for interviews later today, too.

--- One quick football note: Huskies linebacker Travis Feeney accepted an invitation to play in the East-West Shrine Game on Jan. 23 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida.

--- The UW men’s basketball team returns home tonight for the first game of an eight-game homestand. If you’re traveling to the game from the east side, be aware that 520 East will close from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. between Montlake and 92nd Ave, and that I-90 West will be down to one lane all weekend with no express lanes in either direction. So, plan accordingly.

The UW women’s basketball team also hosts No. 21 Oklahoma at 3:30 p.m.

--- Stanford rolled USC, 41-22, to win the Pac-12 championship and clinch a berth in the Rose Bowl. And sophomore running back Christian McCaffrey just may have turned the Heisman Trophy conversation in his favor with 461 all-purpose yards, a rushing touchdown, a receiving touchdown and a touchdown pass to Stanford quarterback Kevin Hogan on a trick play (somewhat remarkably, Hogan also had a passing touchdown and a rushing touchdown). McCaffrey also broke the NCAA single-season record for all-purpose yards (3,250), set by Oklahoma State legend Barry Sanders in 1988 (though Sanders did it in just 11 games, and his bowl statistics didn’t count, either). McCaffrey now has 3,496 all-purpose yards in 13 games.

--- After an apparent flirtation with South Carolina, coach Rich Rodriguez decided to stay at Arizona.

--- In men’s hoops news, the Arizona schools scored a pair of wins over top-20 teams on Saturday -- Arizona came back to beat No. 13 Gonzaga, 68-63, in Spokane, and Arizona State held off No. 18 Texas A&M, 67-54, in Tempe. Throw in UCLA’s upset of No. 1 Kentucky on Thursday, and it’s been a solid three days for the Pac-12.

Christian Caple can be reached at christian.caple@thenewstribune.com. Twitter: @ChristianCaple

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