After a day of meetings Tuesday, Sea World Holiday Bowl committee members were unsure what course of action to take regarding lining up an at-large team to face the Western Athletic Conference champion in the San Diego-based bowl Dec. 29.
The meetings were necessitated by a flurry of bowl activity around the country Monday headlined by four Pac-10 Conference schools reaching oral agreements to go to bowls (USC, Hancock; Oregon, Freedom; Arizona, Aloha; and California, Copper).All but California were considered candidates for the Holiday Bowl. Another team high on the Holiday Bowl's list, Michigan State, reached an oral agreement to face USC in the John Hancock Bowl.
As of late Tuesday, Holiday Bowl members hadn't determined what teams they would scout Saturday.
"We're going to step back and see where it all shakes out," bowl spokesman Bruce Binkowski said, adding that the Holiday Bowl planned to meet again Wednesday.
Other teams on the Holiday Bowl list such as Colorado, Tennessee, Iowa, Illinois and Texas A&M are all candidates for New Year's Day bowls, which leaves teams like Ohio State, 5-2-1 with games against Iowa, Michigan and Wisconsin remaining; and Indiana, 4-3-1 and in the midst of a three-game losing streak, with games against Illinois, Wisconsin and Purdue remaining, as candidates for a berth.