Bowl bids could be at stake when Dixie College and Ricks College play their final regular-season games Saturday.
The Rebels, who are 6-3 after suffering two straight losses, will play host to Phoenix College Saturday night in St. George. If the Rebels win, they are expected to receive an invitation to play in the Dixie Rotary Bowl for the third straight year. It would mark the fifth bowl appearance in the last six years for Dixie.Meanwhile Ricks, which is 7-2, will be on the road to play Mesa College in a game that will determine the second-place finisher in the Western States Football League. A win could clinch a berth in the Real Dairy Centennial Bowl in Pocatello and even a loss probably wouldn't hurt the Vikings chances too much. Last year, they got into the same bowl with a 6-4 mark.
With seven other bowl games to contend with, the Dixie and Centennial bowls have a difficult task in coming up with top opponents for their games, especially since most of the other bowls are tied into conference champions.
According to Dixie Rotary Bowl representative John Rogers, five teams are being looked at strongly for their game which will be played Dec. 3 at St. George's Hansen Stadium. They include No. 3-ranked Northeast Oklahoma, Grand Rapids, Mich., Northwest Mississippi, Walla Walla, Washington and Dixie.
The Centennial Bowl is scheduled for Nov. 18 at Holt Arena in Pocatello. Among the teams being considered for that bowl besides Ricks are Walla Walla, Grand Rapids and Northeast Oklahoma along with Garden City, Kansas and Barton County, Kansas.
Bowl bids are expected to be announced Monday.
In other WSFL games today, Snow College, fresh off its upset of Dixie last week, plays host to league leader Glendale, which is also ranked No. 2 in the nation and Arizona Western is at Eastern Arizona.