The Fiesta Bowl is hoping to invite 11th-ranked Virginia to play in its Jan. 1 game here.
"The possibility of getting Virginia is really good," John Junker, the Fiesta's executive director, said Tuesday. "We're talking about a team that has been No. 1 more weeks than any other."The Cavaliers (7-1) fell from the top of The Associated Press poll after last week's loss 41-38 loss to Georgia Tech. Virginia had been No. 1 for four weeks.
Bowl bids cannot be officially extended until Nov. 24, but most deals are made at least a week in advance.
Fiesta officials said they hope to have their pairing set by Sunday.
"I think we will have a commitment from somebody this Sunday and probably both of them," said Don Meyers, head of the Fiesta's selection committee.
"The team that can play anybody is Virginia. If you could get Virginia, you could match them with Notre Dame, Miami, Penn State or Michigan. That would be the best scenerio and we are working on it. And don't bet against us."
Virginia has never played before in the Fiesta, which had national championship games in 1987 (Miami-Penn State) and 1989 (Notre Dame-West Virginia).