Several reports, including this one from The Salt Lake Tribune, are indicating Boise State will play Utah in the Maaco Las Vegas Bowl on Dec. 22.
The Utes (10-2, 7-1 Mountain West Conference) have already accepted an invitation to the game and have been very inviting to the possibility of playing the Broncos (11-1, 7-1 Western Athletic Conference). Utah and BSU have been the most successful non-automatic qualifying schools this decade. Utah won the 2005 Fiesta Bowl against Pittsburgh and the 2008 Sugar Bowl against Alabama. BSU won the 2007 Fiesta Bowl against Oklahoma and the 2010 Fiesta Bowl against fellow non-aq, TCU.
With Nevada (12-1, 7-1 WAC) already accepting an invitation to play in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl on Jan. 9 in San Francisco, Calif., the options for BSU are limited. The Maaco Las Vegas Bowl can’t officially invite BSU until the Bowl Championship Series releases the Broncos from consideration. Boise State can hold out hope for a BCS invitation, but the odds of that happening are extremely grim.
The Holiday Bowl in San Diego, Calif would have been the ideal destination for the Broncos because Oklahoma State (10-2, 6-2 Big 12 Conference) will be playing in that game, but when Washington defeated Washington State on Saturday it gave the Pacific-10 Conference another bowl eligible team. Now, it appears Oklahoma State will face Washington (6-6, 5-4 Pacific-10 Conference) in the Holiday Bowl.
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