Ryan Finley's chat with the Las Vegas Bowl director gave us a lot of hope that they would select the Arizona Wildcats ahead of the ASU Sun Devils and Washington Huskies. A short list of reasons why:
- Standings aren't that important to bowl committees. Though the Wildcats are 4-5 in the conference to the UW and ASU's 5-4 conference marks, the Vegas Bowl committee can still go down the list if they don't see the top teams being fit.
- ASU certainly doesn't look fit. The Sun Devils played Boise State in last year's Las Vegas Bowl and got walloped.
- Boise State appears to be a favorite to return to the bowl game in Sin City. They have a game against Nevada to seal it, but that just means ASU's chances for an invite will lie upon the Broncos falling in their season finale.
- Washington might have the best shot to land in the Las Vegas Bowl. They've never been invited.
- Yet, the committee has proof from 2008 that Arizona travels well. Plus, a Rich Rodriguez offense against a Chris Petersen offense is surely a sexier pick than a Petersen Steve Sarkisian offense (bleh).