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2016 Holiday Bowl

Coverage of the 2016 Holiday Bowl on Tuesday, December 27 at Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California. This year’s matchup: WSU Cougars vs. Minnesota Golden Gophers. Game time: 4 p.m. Broadcast: ESPN.

Leach wonders whether or not Cougars took Gophers seriously

During a tense, emotional postgame press conference – they always are when a team loses its final game – Washington State coach acknowledged that the outside noise might have gotten through and led his players astray.

Minnesota outplays WSU, wins Holiday Bowl 17-12

And to think Minnesota was the team that some folks worried would not show up for the Holiday Bowl. The Washington State Cougars were present, but played like they were the ones boycotting, declining to muster even an anemic offense until the final, unimpactful seconds of their 17-12 loss in the Holiday Bowl.

The pick: Who will win the Holiday Bowl

Bowl games can be crazy, and nobody knows that better than Mike Leach. He's won the biggest comeback in bowl game history (2006 Insight Bowl) and lost a game in which his team led by 15 with less than three minutes to play (2013 New Mexico Bowl).