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Four Northwest Football Programs Secure Bowl Invites

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‘Tis the season for college football fanatics to consult their travel agents. That’s because four Northwest teams received bowl game invites Sunday night.

The Oregon Ducks (11-1) are headed to the Fiesta Bowl outside Phoenix. They’ll play the Kansas State Wildcats (11-1) on January 3rd in a showdown of football teams that were until recently both in contention for the national championship.

First up though of regional interest, a December 22nd pairing of Boise State (10-2) vs. the Univ. of Washington (7-5). They meet in the Las Vegas Bowl. It's a third invite in a row there for the Broncos and a Las Vegas debut for the Huskies.

"Two good programs, two great coaching staffs/universities, great fan bases, loyal alumni," says Las Vegas Bowl's executive director Dan Hanneke. "So we just think we hit a home run having this match up."

Last but not least, there are the Oregon State Beavers (9-3). They’ve accepted an invite to play the Texas Longhorns (8-4) in the Alamo Bowl on Dec. 29th. The Beavers have never before played in that bowl game in San Antonio.

On the Web:

Fiesta Bowl, Jan. 3, 2013 – Oregon vs. Kansas State

Las Vegas Bowl, Dec. 22, 2012 – Washington vs. Boise State

Alamo Bowl, Dec. 29, 2012 – Oregon State vs. Texas

Now semi-retired, Tom Banse covered national news, business, science, public policy, Olympic sports and human interest stories from across the Northwest. He reported from well known and out–of–the–way places in the region where important, amusing, touching, or outrageous events unfolded. Tom's stories can be found online and were heard on-air during "Morning Edition" and "All Things Considered" on NPR stations in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho.