And all those who are fans of mediocre Pac-10 teams. According to this announcement by Pac-10 commissioner Tom Hansen here at ESPN.com:
The Pac-10 Conference said Monday that it has pledged teams to two more college bowl games, the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl in San Diego and the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl in Honolulu.
Following the 2008 season, the sixth-place team will play against a Western Athletic Conference school in the Hawaii Bowl and the seventh-place team will face a Mountain West Conference opponent in the Poinsettia Bowl, the conference said.
Frankly, when fellow writer Ragnarok wrote this piece here about how terrible the existing Pac-10 bowl tie-ins are, I don’t think this is what any of us had in mind to remedy the situation. (By the way, check out the comment left there. WTF. I don’t remember that being there. I wonder what the hell it means.)
What this does is lock the Pac-10’s sixth place team into the Hawaii Bowl, whereas previously the Hawaii Bowl and Armed Forces bowl would alternate having the sixth place Pac-10 team. But like Ragnarok said, if there’s going to be a bowl game in Hawaii, naturally it makes the most sense for a Pac-10 team to be there. The Hawaii Bowl, in existence since 2002, has historically matched in the past teams in Conference USA and the WAC, but in 2006 the Pac-10 replaced Conference USA, as long as it had a bowl eligible team. And of course, the University of Hawaii has an agreement with the WAC that as long as Hawaii is eligible, they would receive a bid to the Hawaii bowl, if they so choose. So at least we’d have this to look forward to if, say, another crisis of Ayoobian proportions occurs.
The biggest wrinkle in all this is the placement of the Pac-10’s seventh place team in the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl. Having only been in existence since 2005, the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl is best known for having what is easily the most amusing, ridiculous, inane, and probably retarded bowl name in history - although the Galleryfurniture.com Bowl will always have a place in my heart. Still, a trip to San Diego is always nice. Also arranged by those who run the Holiday Bowl in San Diego, the SDCCUPB (what an acronym) has an arrangement with Navy that if the Midshipmen are bowl eligible, they would receive an automatic bid to the game, in part because of all the naval bases located in the area. So it’s likely that whatever team in the Pac-10 manages to finish seventh will have to deal with a large stadium full of half-naked seamen. Which isn’t all bad, if you’re into that kind of thing.