SEATTLE – After Steve Sarkisian surprised the Washington Huskies by leaving for USC, and the Huskies surprised nearly everyone by hiring Chris Petersen to replace him, there was far less mystery and intrigue surrounding UW’s bowl selection.
The Huskies are going to San Francisco.
What was expected for weeks was made official on Sunday night, as UW accepted an invitation to play in the Fight Hunger Bowl on Dec. 27 at AT&T Park.
The game will kick off at 6:30 p.m., and the Huskies (8-4) will play Brigham Young (8-4), which accepted a bid in October.
This is UW’s fourth consecutive season with a bowl appearance, and fourth different bowl in that span. The Fight Hunger picks sixth among the bowls with Pac-12 tie-ins: Stanford will play Michigan State in the Rose Bowl (Jan. 2, Pasadena); Oregon will play Texas in the Alamo Bowl (Dec. 30, San Antonio); Arizona State will play Texas Tech in the Holiday Bowl (Dec. 30, San Diego); UCLA will play Virginia Tech in the Sun Bowl (Dec. 31, El Paso, Texas); and USC will play Fresno State in the Las Vegas Bowl (Dec. 21). Washington State got the seventh bid with the New Mexico Bowl.
The Pac-12’s final two bowl-eligible teams, Arizona and Oregon State, accepted bids to bowls not contracted by the conference. The Wildcats will play Boston College in the AdvoCare V100 Bowl in Shreveport, La., and the Beavers face Boise State in the Hawaii Bowl.
BYU lost to Virginia, Utah, Wisconsin and Notre Dame. UW and BYU had two common opponents this year: Petersen’s former team, Boise State, which both teams defeated at home (UW won 38-6; BYU won 37-20), and Idaho State, which both teams defeated at home (UW won 56-0, BYU won 59-13).
The Huskies last played BYU in 2010, when UW traveled to Provo and lost, 23-17, in the season-opener. That was the return game of a home-and-home series that began at Husky Stadium in 2008, when then-UW quarterback Jake Locker was infamously penalized for excessive celebration after scoring a touchdown with 3 seconds remaining. The point-after touchdown was moved back 15 yards and subsequently blocked, giving BYU a 28-27 victory.
UW won eight games this season for the first time since 2001. If the Huskies beat BYU, they will clinch their first nine-win season since going 11-1 in 2000.
Marques Tuiasosopo, UW’s quarterbacks coach, was named interim head coach for the bowl game.