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‘Perception’ of Pac-12 hurt Washington State. AD says

05 December 2018, 04:29 | Charlene Valdez

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Washington coach Chris Petersen has not watched Ohio State play this season. It will be the second appearance at that bowl for the Cougars, who beat Baylor 10-3 in the 1994 edition.

Iowa State and Washington State have never met.

This marks the third time in five years that the Pac-12 will not have a participant in the playoff.

Wazzu rose as high as No. 8 in the playoff rankings, but a loss to Washington in a snowy Apple Cup in the regular-season finale dropped the team five spots, and it landed behind three three-loss teams (Florida, LSU and Penn State) in addition to Washington. Led by star quarterback and potential Heisman finalist Dwayne Haskins, the Buckeyes rank eighth nationally in scoring (43.5 points per game), 12th in yards per play.

Selection Sunday is bound to provoke some hearty discussion as to which team should be ranked where and which bowl game they should play in. Their only losses were by three points at USC and by 13 to Washington in a Pullman snowstorm.

When the guys in Vegas sized up the matchup, I can see why they set the line at 6 1/2, but Iowa State will likely be the more excited team to be there.

Washington would have played in the Rose Bowl for the 2016 season as the Pac-12 Conference champion, but was selected for the playoff, losing to Alabama, 24-7 in a semifinal.

Seven teams in total from the Pac-12 will play in a bowl game with Washington headlining the conference bids as the Huskies will play No. 6 Ohio State in the Rose Bowl on January 1.

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"The air raid [comes from] this conference, so we'll see a lot of similarities in that, I'd say", Kempt said.

The Cats started the season with a 1-3 record, but then rebounded - despite a winless nonconference slate - to win eight straight Big Ten games and earn the Big Ten West crown.

"We get to get out of this weather here and put some shorts on", Butler said with a smile.

The No. 25 Iowa State football team is going bowling for the second-straight season and 14th time in school history.

Last Friday night for the longest time, I thought Washington and Utah might go to overtime tied 0-0. There was one other time that I thought we were going, and we didn't.

"There was a really good buzz around our facility today, a lot of excitement", Cyclone head coach Matt Campbell said.

Even after that 28-15 loss to Washington had dashed the Cougars' hopes for a league championship, they seemingly stood a good chance of a berth in one of the New Year's Six games, the Fiesta Bowl in Arizona.

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