The Holiday Bowl selection committee met Monday afternoon to discuss who it might invite from the Pacific-10 Conference to its game in San Diego, and the Oregon State football team is high on the list, selection committee member Clark Siebrand said.
The winner of the Dec. 3 Civil War goes to the Rose Bowl against Ohio State of the Big Ten Conference.
If the Beavers win, Oregon goes to the Holiday Bowl as the outright runner-up in the conference. The bowl must take the runner-up by contract, according to Siebrand.
However, if the Beavers lose there could be a multiple-team tie for second place with a combination of teams including OSU, Stanford, California and Southern California or Arizona.
"That's when it gets interesting," Siebrand said. "That would make our job pretty interesting."
In the case of a multiple-team tie, the Holiday Bowl gets to pick who it invites, according to its contract with the Pac-10. Tiebreakers don't matter.
A 15-member committee will meet Dec. 6 and debate the merits of each team. A majority vote determines who they pick.
"That's when we have a big decision with who we pick," Siebrand said. "I personally prefer Oregon State. They haven't been here before. There is a sentiment for Oregon State. If there's a tie they look pretty good."
The committee will look at how teams did against each other in head-to-head games, who they think will bring fans and what the matchup will look like against the Big 12 Conference team.
USC is enticing due to its close proximity in Los Angeles and national recognition. Both those points will help sell tickets. The Trojans, however, must beat Arizona on Dec. 5 to create a committee debate between USC and OSU.
If Arizona beats USC the Wildcats would look good for the Holiday Bowl because they beat the Trojans and the Beavers. OSU beat Cal and Stanford.
Nebraska is most likely the Big 12 selection if Texas wins the conference championship game over the Cornhuskers as expected. If not, possibly Oklahoma State.