Holiday Bowl Preview History
2012 Holiday Bowl Game Preview:
The Baylor Bears keep on climbing up in the college football world, and this year they’ve been rewarded with a trip to San Diego to play in the Holiday Bowl against UCLA. The Bears have a high-flying offense even without the presence of Heisman winner Robert Griffin III, as Nick Florence has proved to be quite the replacement. Baylor’s biggest win of the season came as a shock to the rest of the country, as the Bears knocked Kansas State out of a likely national championship game. UCLA beat rival USC and Nebraska this season, and the Bruins will be looking to win their 10th game of the season in their home state.
The Bears have proved to be a team to watch, and they continue to shock teams, though the Bruins are hoping they can fend them off. Watch your team in the best weather in the country in December by booking your tickets today!
2011 Holiday Bowl Game Preview:
The Texas Longhorns and Cal Golden Bears both come into the 2011 Holiday Bowl with 7-5 records and something to prove. The Longhorns are hoping for an 8th win and to show that their young team is poised for a big season in 2012. UT Head Coach Mack Brown is counting on his young quarterbacks and running backs to help his etch his 12 bowl victory as a head coach. Cal Head Coach Jeff Tedford wants to add to their strong finish (won 3 of 4) and notch his 6th bowl game victory as a head coach.
2010 Holiday Bowl Game Preview:
Unlike the pro game, it's rare that you would get a post-season, out-of-conference rematch. But on December 30th, the PAC-10's Washington Huskies will try to avenge a 56-21 drubbing at the hands of the Big 12's Nebraska Cornhuskers in San Diego.
It will be tough, however, because Nebraska might be looking to take out its frustration stemming from its three-point loss to Oklahoma in the Big 12 Championship. While Cornhuskers quarterback Taylor Martinez has cooled off from his hot start, he still commands attention thanks to his 21 combined rushing and passing touchdowns. The 10th-ranked Nebraska rushing offense also has Roy Helu Jr., who rushed for 1,211 yards and 11 scores.
While Martinez has stalled a bit, Washington's signal caller Jake Locker has spiraled from a top-five NFL pick to status unknown. His stock began plummeting with the earlier game against Nebraska, so this could give him some incentive to take the game over. Huskies running back Chris Polk's tremendous rushing year (1,238 yards, 8 TDs) gives Locker some help, but it might take more than that to overcome a defense that gave up the eighth-least amount of points in 2010.
2009 Holiday Bowl Game Preview:
The Holiday Bowl is always one of the most exciting bowl games of the college football postseason. Expect the 2009 Holiday Bowl to live up to that reputation as it will match up two incredibly talented teams. The 2009 Holiday Bowl features the Nebraska Cornhuskers from the Big 12 against the Arizona Wildcats from the Pac 10. Arizona will count on freshman quarterback Nick Foles to lead their team to a victory. Foles will face a Nebraska blackshirts defense that might be the best unit in the entire country.
2008 Holiday Bowl Game Preview:
The Pacific Life Holiday Bowl game is going to be played at "The Murph," or Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California on December 30. This bowl game matches the Oklahoma State Cowboys vs. the Oregon Ducks, and will be a fun bowl game to experience. In recent years, the Holiday Bowl has been seen as somewhat of an "upset" bowl, with teams rejected by the BCS losing to noted underdogs. The Holiday Bowl is a game you should not miss!