Sea World Holiday Bowl committee members are expected to choose today to invite Texas A&M to oppose the Western Athletic Conference champion - most likely BYU - in the Dec. 29 game in San Diego.
Should Texas A&M wind up in the Cotton Bowl, then Texas, which demolished No. 3 Houston, 45-24, Saturday, would get the invitation.Also under consideration is a three-team package deal with the Big 10 involving Iowa, Michigan and Ohio State. A committee member told the Deseret News late Saturday night that the top team is headed for the Rose Bowl, the runner-up to the Sugar Bowl and the third team to either the Hall of Fame Bowl on New Year's Day or the Holiday Bowl.
The Big 10 hasn't decided yet where it wants to have the third team go.
The Holiday Bowl committee is meeting this morning to consider its options but indications are it's leaning toward the Southwest Conference.
Committee member Harold Campbell attended the Texas-Houston game and told Dallas Morning News reporter Ivan Maisel that there was a good chance that's the way the voting would go this morning.
Another committee member, Richard Circuit, said the Holiday Bowl has been interested in Texas A&M for years and that it has the kind of tradition that makes it an attractive bowl team.
Holiday Bowl members indicated weeks ago that they were interested in inviting a team that hadn't been to the San Diego-based bowl before. At that time the top candidates were Tennessee, Texas A&M and Michigan State. Tennessee is likely to go to either the Sugar Bowl or Fiesta Bowl and Michigan State has already committed to playing USC in the John Hancock Bowl.
Texas A&M, ranked 22nd in the UPI poll, has a 6-2-1 record. The Aggies defeated WAC member Hawaii, 28-13, in Hawaii to start the season. Their losses were to Houston, 36-31, and LSU, 17-8. Their remaining games are against Arkansas, TCU and Texas.