Brigham Young University will be going to a bowl game for the 11th straight year.
Speculation that the Cougars would play Colorado in the Freedom Bowl Dec. 29 in Anaheim was confirmed Monday night by Freedom Bowl Executive Director Tom Starr."I'll be at the Colorado game and Kirk Hendrix (the bowl's associate director) will be at the BYU game (this Saturday)," Starr said. Invitations, he added, will then be extended to the Cougars and Buffaloes after their respective games.
"Any time you can get two Top 20 teams, it enhances your bowl," Starr said. Colorado, which is 7-3, is ranked 17th by United Press International while the Cougars, 8-2, are ranked 19th.
"These two teams bring a lot to our bowl. They have great fan following and support," Starr added. Both have played in the Freedom Bowl before, the Cougars losing to UCLA, 34-10, in 1986, and the Buffaloes bowing to Washington, 20-17, in 1985.
Anaheim Stadium, which seats about 70,000. The last two years the bowl has had an attendance of about 50,000. "If we can get 50,000 we feel it's successful," Starr said. The Freedom Bowl pays about $515,000 per team and is televised by the Mizlou Network.
All of Colorado's losses have been to teams ranked in the Top 15 - No. 7 Nebraska, 7-0; No. 8 Oklahoma, 17-14; and No. 14 Oklahoma State, 41-21. BYU has lost to No. 16 Wyoming, 24-14, and San Diego State, 27-15.