2012 bowl projections: Grasping to Las Vegas Bowl hopes for the Arizona Wildcats

Christian Petersen

We are holding out hope that the Arizona Wildcats will go bowling in Las Vegas. Here are some reasons why that could happen ... or how I'm lying to myself.

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).
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