SEATTLE – Steve Sarkisian knows a little bit about where he’ll be for the holidays.
“I’m just going to be happy that Christmas morning I’m going to be waking up in a hotel room,” he said Saturday. “That’s a good thing.”
Today, around 5 p.m., he’ll find out where that hotel will be located as the Huskies will officially be invited to a bowl game. The announcements will come after the final BCS rankings and pairings are released.
Almost all indications are that UW will be headed to the Alamo Bowl in San Antonio, a game played at 6 p.m. on Dec. 29 against a member of the Big 12.
UW has been rumored to be heading there since beating Washington State 38-21. Events of the past few days seemed to punch UW’s ticket to Texas – specifically, Oregon winning the Pac-12 title and Houston losing the Conference USA title.
Oregon will represent the Pac-12 in the Rose Bowl, while the Houston defeat seemed to only further assure that Stanford will also be invited to a BCS bowl.
The Alamo has the first pick of Pac-12 teams following the BCS, and would have had to take Oregon or Stanford if either were available. Now, it will almost certainly be left with UW, California or Utah as its options, and every indication is that the Alamo will pick the Huskies.