The University of Washington football team (6-6) makes its 36th bowl appearance Dec. 26 (11:20 a.m., ESPN) when it takes on Southern Mississippi (9-4) of Conference USA in the Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl at the Cotton Bowl — the first meeting between the schools.
Washington, which became bowl eligible by winning its final two regular-season games, including a 45-10 rout of Washington State in the Apple Cup, plays in the storied Cotton Bowl (opened in 1930) for the first time in program history against a Golden Eagles team that finished 7-2 in conference play but lost to Western Kentucky in the league’s title game.
The Golden Eagles played only one Power 5 conference opponent this season, losing to Nebraska 36-28 in Lincoln.
Owned and operated by ESPN Events, the bowl has had five previous editions. Conference USA teams have played in four, including Louisiana Tech last year, which defeated Illinois 35-18.
The Huskies are in a bowl for a sixth consecutive season — Holiday (2010), Alamo (2011), Las Vegas (2012), Fight Hunger (2013), Cactus (2014) — and will be seeking their first postseason win since Dec. 27, 2013 when they knocked off Brigham Young in the Fight Hunger Bowl in San Francisco. Among Pac-12 programs, only Stanford and Oregon can claim longer active streaks.
Washington’s players and coaches depart for Dallas Dec. 21.
Tickets for the game can be purchased at gohuskies.com.
Pac-12 Conference Bowl Schedule
|Dec. 19||New Mexico||Albuquerque, NM||Arizona vs. N. Mexico||$456,250|
|Dec. 19||Royal Purple||Las Vegas, NV.||Utah vs. BYU||$1,350,000|
|Dec. 26||Foster Farms||Santa Clara, CA.||UCLA vs. Nebraska||$2,212,500|
|Dec. 26||Dallas||Dallas||Washington vs. So. Miss||$1,100,000|
|Dec. 26||Sun||El Paso, TX.||Washington St. vs. Miami||$2,150,000|
|Dec. 29||Armed Forces||Fort Worth, TX.||California vs. Air Force||$675,000|
|Dec. 30||Holiday||San Diego||USC vs. Wisconsin||$2,825,000|
|Jan. 1||Rose||Pasadena||Stanford vs. Iowa||$18,000,000|
|Jan. 2||Cactus||Phoenix||ASU vs. W. Virginia||$3,325,000|
|Jan. 2||Alamo||San Antonio||Oregon vs. TCU||$3,825,000|
*=Amount each school will receive