The Holiday Bowl is played each December at Qualcomm Stadium in San Deigo, California. Since 1978, the Holiday Bowl has treated millions of fans to some of the most exciting bowl games in college football. The game matches up one of the top teams from the Big 12 Conference with a peer from the Pac-12 Conference. The Holiday Bowl is sponsored by National University, and has been sponsored in the past by SeaWorld, Thrify Car Rental, Plymouth, Culligan, Pacific Life and Bridgepoint Education. Get more info at our Holiday Bowl History page and check out our list of past Holiday Bowl Champions. Score with TicketCity - the place to go for Holiday Bowl tickets.
2013 Holiday Bowl Preview
The 2013 Holiday Bowl in San Diego, California is looking to be a shoot-out between two of the most productive offense’s in the country. Texas Tech and Arizona State will head to Qualcomm Stadium to face each other for the first time since 1999, a game that left the Sun Devils victorious 31-13. Stanford proved to be Arizona State’s only kryptonite in the Pac 12 going 8-1 and losing to the Cardinal in the Pac 12 Championship. After starting the season at 7-0 the Red Raiders could not put the pieces back together losing their last five games in the Big 12. Out of the gate, Arizona State looks to be the clear favorite in this year’s Holiday Bowl having made their way through a much stronger Pac 12 conference.
The light at the end of the tunnel for Texas Tech, the Sun Devil defense is allowing an average of 222 yards per game through the air, a number the #2 passing offense in the country hits within the first half against most opponents. If first year coach Kliff Kingsbury has learned anything all year it’s to throw the ball, something he knows plenty about having been one of Tech’s most decorated passing quarterbacks. The Big question for the Red Raiders is which quarterback will take the reins, and their can only be one. With one of the best pass catchers in the NCAA flanking out in the slot, Jace Amaro will be the key to a Texas Tech win.
Sitting at #14 in the BCS standings, Arizona State does a little passing of their own. Taylor Kelly is sitting on top of 3,510 passing yards on the year and averages close to 280 a game. This number is significant because it’s the exact number of yards the Red Raiders have been allowing opposing quarterbacks on the road/neutral sites. Where the Sun Devils will really be able to capitalize is in the rushing attack. While Marion Grice has not been a top tier running back all year, he has shown his ability to bust big plays at a moment’s notice. Tech’s run defense is giving up an average of 194 yards per game but against ranked opponents that number increases by 100. If Texas Tech has any shot of keeping this game respectable they will have to stop the run.
It’s looking like a shootout is going to take place at Qualcomm Stadium on December 30 between Arizona State and Texas Tech. The defense that can make the big stop first will likely come out on top of the 2013 Holiday Bowl.
Check out our Holiday Bowl Preview History page for previews of previous Holiday Bowl games.
Holiday Bowl at Qualcomm Stadium Address: 9449 Friars Road, San Diego, California, 92108
Qualcomm Stadium is the home of the Holiday Bowl, Poinsettia Bowl, San Diego Chargers and San Diego State Aztecs. It served host to the San Diego Padres from 1969-2003, and has also housed the San Diego Sockers and San Diego Jaws.
Sections 32 to 41 are right behind the home team bench and provide a great view of the action and your favorite players up close. Sections 35-37 are at about midfield, and each section on this level along the sidelines has 22-24 rows.
Right behind the field level, these sections are still very close to the action and give you a great sight level of the entire field.
The third level of Qualcomm Stadium, these tickets get you special access to areas and bars in the stadium that you wouldn’t normally get to be in.
Only a few rows deep, these sections are usually protected by the sun from the overhang of the upper deck if you’re looking to be in the shade.
Sitting in these sections is the most cost efficient way to get into the Poinsettia Bowl while still offering a great view of the entire field.
Holiday Bowl Event Guide
What are the best attractions to see when in San Diego for the Holiday Bowl?
The USS Midway Museum is a tourist favorite for anyone in the area. For golfers, Torrey Pines is in nearby and is known as one of the most famous courses in the country. Check out La Jolla Shores, Point Loma and the Cabrillo National Monument as well.
Where are the best places to eat in San Diego for the Holiday Bowl?
The Blind Lady Ale House is in Normal Heights near Qualcomm and has some great pizza and salads to go alone with an amazing selection of beer. Farm House Café is near the stadium as well, and serves up some fantastic French food and a top class brunch. For more information on the Holiday Bowl check out our Holiday Bowl Event Guide.
What are the best games in Holiday Bowl history?
There have been lots of close and memorable games, including the Arizona’s 23-20 win over Nebraska and Texas’s come-from-behind win over Washington in 2001. The Huskies went into the 4th quarter 36-20, but Texas was led back on the arm of Major Applewhite who led the Horns to three TD drives in the last 8 minutes of the game. Check out our Notable Holiday Bowls page for other great matchups in the Holiday Bowl.
Who are the most famous players to play in the Holiday Bowl?
Some great players have played in the Holiday Bowl and won the MVP award, including Barry Sanders, Ty & Koy Detmer, Joey Harrington, Derrick Johnson, Colt McCoy and Marshawn Lynch.
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Great Fun! We thoroughly enjoyed the game and expect to attend another Bowl game in the future. We purchased the tickets in August and understood the tickets were not sold at face value. However, we were a little surprised at how much above face value the tickets were. There was a mix up on the ticket purchase and Ticket City was very good to work with. They fixed the problem as soon as we notified them. Hopefully in the future they can cut down on the markup some! January 1, 2011