So now that USC has completed quite possibly it’s most disappointing football season in school history I’m sure there is one big question on all Trojan fans’ minds: What bowl will USC be playing in?
No? You mean if the Trojans don’t go to the Rose Bowl or another nearly-as-impressive BCS bowl you don’t really care? Huh, go figure.
Well, whether you like it or not, USC is going to be playing in some minor bowl somewhere, and it will make it easier on everyone’s holiday travel plans to figure out where it’s going to be sooner than later.
My best guesses are the Sun or the Holiday.
The Rose will of course get the winner of the Stanford-UCLA game on Saturday. After that, the Alamo Bowl gets the next pick, and they will presumably choose the loser of that game. (Oregon will probably get plucked by the Fiesta Bowl by virtue of the Ducks’ top five ranking.)
The Holiday Bowl, in San Diego, gets the next pick after the Alamo, and tell me who you think they’d rather see in their game — USC or Oregon State?
The Beavers are 6-3 in conference play, while the Trojans are 5-4. But can you imagine how much better Trojan fans will travel to San Diego than the folks from Corvallis? I’m sure the folks down at the Holiday Bowl are thinking the same thing.
They’ll do whatever they can to get USC, but if they’re pressured by the Pac-12 to take Oregon State, the Trojans will fall to the Sun Bowl in the relatively frigid climes of old El Paso.
USC isn’t used to, and really isn’t very good at these non-Rose/BCS bowls. They haven’t been to one since Matt Barkley’s freshman year when they won the Emerald Nut Bowl in the Bay Area, and before that hadn’t been to one since the Sun Bowl of 1998, which they lost to TCU.
So log onto Expedia and get your mouse-clicking finger ready to book a flight to Texas, Trojan fans, when the bowl announcements come out on Sunday. But keep the fingers on your other hand crossed for a Holiday Bowl berth and a short drive down Highway 74 for a weekend on the Pacific.