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Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl

Published on December 28, 2011 by   ·   2 Comments

holiday-bowl-logoThe Holiday Bowl is one of the older bowl games contested annually, having been played every year since 1978. This bowl game matches up a Big 12 conference opponent against a Pac-12 team.

The bowl game was originally created for the Western Athletic Conference to feature their best team against a nationally ranked at large opponent. BYU was a mainstay in the Holiday Bowl as they played in 11 of the first 16 times the game was played. With the creation of the Big 12 in 1996, the conference affiliation went from the WAC to the Big 12 and they have matched up with the Pac-10 every year since.

Last year’s Holiday Bowl proved that just because things look like a complete mismatch, any team can win a bowl game when the other team isn’t ready. Nebraska left the Big 12 with a thud losing against a 13 point underdog. This year’s game features is a much more even matchup with the Texas Longhorns (7-5) facing off against the California Golden Bears (7-5).

Kickoff for this game is set for 8:00PM ET on Wednesday, December 28. You can watch this game on ESPN or listen live on ESPN Radio. The Holiday Bowl is traditionally played in San Diego, California at Qualcomm Stadium. This will give California a little bit of a home field advantage. However, Texas travels well and the Golden Bears are located in Berkley; this is right outside of San Fransisco in Northern California which isn’t a short trip to San Diego.


The two teams seem to be heading in different direction. California started off slowly, losing 4 of their first 5 conference games. Then, they won 3 of their last 4 games and almost knocked off rival Stanford.

Texas started off well. They couldn’t compete against Oklahoma and OK State, but they played well and stated off 6-2. They finished off the season losing 3 of their last 4. Their offense has been struggling during this stretch.

Points For/GameTexas: 28.7; California: 29.8
Points Against/GameTexas: 23.3; California: 24.4
Offensive Yards/GameTexas: 404; California: 418.7

A lot of people must be betting on the Longhorns. That is the only reason that they are a 3 1/2 favorite. I see this more as a pick ’em game. My prediction has Texas winning by 3 points. If that happened, the people who bet on Texas would lose.

You will see this a lot when people bet on one side or the other. A 2 1/2 point favorite will become a 3 1/2 point favorite when the bets start coming in. This way, Texas may win on a late field goal and the bettors may still lose.


Both teams are evenly matched. That means that I am not really confident in my pick. However, I do think that Texas is going to win the Holiday Bowl by the final of 30-27.

2010 Holiday Bowl

Previous Bowl Results

Nebraska (9-4) won the 2009 Holiday Bowl last year in a blowout 33-0 to the Arizona Wildcats (8-4). The Big 12 conference is 8-5 overall in the Holiday Bowl against the Pac-10.


Washington has been out of the bowl picture for a number of years, having last played in the 2002 Sun Bowl which they lost to Purdue by the final score of 34-24.

Holiday Bowl Breakdown

RecordsNebraska: 10-3; Washington: 6-6
All Time Bowl RecordNebraska: 24-22; Washington: 14-14-1
Key WinsNebraska: Washington 56-21, Kansas State 48-13, Oklahoma State 51-41, Missouri 31-17; Washington: USC 32-31, Oregon State 35-34
Key LossesNebraska: Texas 20-13, Oklahoma 23-20; Washington: Nebraska 56-21, Stanford 41-0, Oregon 53-16, Arizona 44-14

Yes, Nebraska has already played Washington this year. They went on the road and destroyed them 56-21. The reason that Nebraska is not in a BCS Bowl game is because they barely lost to Oklahoma in the Big 12 Championship game.

Just by looking at the key games played you can tell that Nebraska is a very good team and Washington doesn’t play well against very good teams.

Points For/GameNebraska: 32.7; Washington: 22.1
Points Against/GameNebraska: 17.2; Washington: 31.2
Offensive Yards/GameNebraska: 414; Washington: 364.5

When I said that this was one of the 2 biggest mismatches, I was only kidding because UConn has a better chance of beating Oklahoma than Washington does of beating Nebraska. How a team that averages getting outscored by 10 points a game makes a bowl game is beyond me.

Beyond that, Nebraska features a great running attack and a suffocating defense; while Washington doesn’t rank in the top half of the nation in any statistical category except for rushing yards per game.


There isn’t much of a prediction here, just how well Washington will do against the +13 line on the game. I don’t like to say that a team has no chance to win, but Washington just doesn’t have an argument here. The final score will be Nebraska 47-14 winners.

Bowl Game Results

Well, there’s my perfect Golden Sombrero (0-4) for today. The Cornhuskers looked like they didn’t want to be there and Washington’s defense came out of no where to shut Nebraska down. The running combination of Chris Polk and Jake Locker (that’s right) was too much for the Cornhuskers to overcome. If this doesn’t let you know that anything can happen during bowl season, nothing will.

Washington has come back from an 0-11 year two years ago to beat the heavy favorites comfortably after being embarrassed by them at home in September. This game has unlikely written all over it.

2010 Bowl Record – 9-9 🙁

Highlights from Previous Holiday Bowls

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