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Bowl games try to avoid picking the same team two years in a row. Bowl games try to avoid pairing up teams who already played this season. Bowl games try to pair up teams who match up well against one another.
These are all myths perpetrated by bowl selection committees that often serve as explanations for questionable bowl selections.
Well, none of these supposed bowl game ideals were upheld for this year's Holiday Bowl.
Nebraska played in last year's Holiday Bowl, beating Arizona 33-0. Not only that, Nebraska also played Washington earlier this season, and the Huskers dominated the Huskies en route to a 56-21 victory, in Seattle mind you.
This weekend Nebraska played a Top 10 team in Oklahoma in hopes of gaining a BCS berth. Washington played quite possibly the worst team from an AQ conference, Washington State, in hopes to just become bowl eligible.
Well, Nebraska fell to Oklahoma by a field goal and Washington squeaked by Washington State to set up this matchup.
Nebraska also plays Washington next season. That means these two teams will have played three times within a two-year period. With Nebraska switching conferences next season, that means the Huskers will have played the Huskies three times more than any other opponent during that span.
There are many great bowl games this postseason. However, games like this year's Holiday Bowl prove that pitting conferences against one another before the season plays out can turn out to be a huge joke.