The San Francisco-based bowl is preparing to pit UCLA and Florida State in the Dec. 27 matchup at AT&T Park. The bowl s executive director, Gary Cavalli, said Monday the wheels are in motion to finalize the game.
I think it would be tremendous to have that type of matchup, Cavalli said. You have two of the best brands in college football. You have (Florida State coach) Bobby Bowden, who has the most wins in Division I, and UCLA with their following and the Los Angeles (television) market.
The matchup apparently has very little to do with the outcome of Saturday s contest between UCLA and USC. Although a win by the Bruins would leave them in fourth place in the Pacific-10 Conference, sources said the Las Vegas Bowl will take Oregon to face BYU, since UCLA played in Las Vegas in 2002 and 2004.
Another hurdle was passed in getting the matchup when the Emerald Bowl committee confirmed Monday it does not have to take a seven-win team, meaning the matchup can happen even if the Bruins (6-5) finish with six wins, Cavalli said.
As long as there is another bowl slot for a seven-win team within the conference tie-ins -- as exists with the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl -- the Emerald Bowl can take a six-win team. That means Arizona State (7-5) is ticketed for Hawaii to face the University of Hawaii, while Arizona (6-6) and Washington State (6-6) likely will be shut out of bowl games, sources said.
Cavalli said UCLA s large alumni base in the Bay Area, its tradition and the ability of fans to drive up from Southern California for the game also factored into the decision to invite the Bruins.I'd be somewhat excited about this if we win this Saturday. If we don't ... this will be a worthless game against what amounts to right now a worthless program which is a shell of its glory years. I just want us to beat Southern Cal. That's the only meaningful game left in this disgraceful football season.