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Bowl-drought ending Pac-12 links

From Albuquerque — The day is finally here. In five short hours, WSU's decade-long bowl drought will finally be in that over. A lot has happened in that decade. Coaches have come and gone,  control of the House of Representatives, Senate, and Presidency have all changed hands, and the scourge known as Biebermania has made itself known.

Here is our advance for the New Mexico Bowl, which kicks off at 11 a.m. … John Blanchette may descend into madness if he hears one more speech by a bowl representative comparing the WSU and CSU colors to red and green chilies. But hey, he thinks the Cougars are a lock to win … Some timely quotes from former WSU coaches Mike Levenseller and Jim Walden … Our 2 Minute Drill explains how the Cougars can win the game, just don't show it to anybody from Colorado State … S-R photographer Tyler Tjomsland has a gallery of yesterday's bowl festivities … Yesterday's WSU bowl rewind looked at the 2003 Rose Bowl. Don't miss today's final installment of the series … Bud Withers of the Seattle Times has made a list and checks are involved. Wait, is Withers Santa Clause? 

Note: If you're in town for the game, do yourself a favor and check out Rudy's for some excellent BBQ. If you're looking for some Southwestern flavor, you can't beat El Pinto. It's one of those places with a wall full of photographs of the rich and famous who have dined at the establishment, though they somehow seem to have missed Tjomsland, Blanchette and I.

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