After Steve Sarkisian surprised the Washington Huskies by leaving for USC, and the Huskies surprised nearly everyone by hiring Chris Petersen to replace him, there was far less mystery and intrigue surrounding UW’s bowl selection.
The Huskies are going to San Francisco.
What was expected for weeks was made official on Sunday night, after UW accepted an invitation to play in the Fight Hunger Bowl on Dec. 27 at AT&T Park, home of baseball’s San Francisco Giants.
The Huskies (8-4) will play against Brigham Young (8-4), which accepted a bid after
becoming a bowl-eligible team in late October. The game will kick off at 6:30 p.m. and be televised on ESPN.
This is UW’s fourth consecutive season with a bowl appearance, and the Huskies have played in a different bowl each year during that span. The Fight Hunger picks sixth among the bowls with tied to the Pac-12 Conference.
Stanford will represent the Pac-12 in the Rose Bowl against Big Ten champ Michigan State on Jan. 1. That will be the conference’s only BCS presence this postseason. Oregon, which finished 10th in the BCS standings, was not selected for a BCS bowl. The Ducks will face Texas in the Alamo Bowl.
BYU lost to Virginia, Utah, Wisconsin and Notre Dame. UW and BYU had two common opponents this season, both of which the Huskies and Cougars beat at home: Petersen’s former team, Boise State (UW won, 38-6; BYU won, 37-20), and Idaho State (UW won, 56-0; BYU won, 59-13).
The Huskies last played BYU in 2010, when UW traveled to Provo and lost, 23-17, in its season-opener. That was the return game of a home-and-home series that began at Husky Stadium in 2008, when then-UW quarterback Jake Locker was infamously penalized for excessive celebration after scoring a touchdown with 3 seconds remaining. The point-after-touchdown was moved back 15 yards and subsequently blocked, giving BYU a 28-27 victory.
UW won eight games this season, its highest total since 2001. If the Huskies beat BYU, they will clinch their first nine-win season since they finished 11-1 in 2000.
Marques Tuiasosopo, the Huskies’ first-year quarterbacks coach, was named interim head coach for the bowl email@example.com blog.thenewstribune.com/uwsports @ChristianCaple