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Pac-12 gets 2 BCS bowl berths

The Pac-12 seems to be happy about its bowl selections. Here's the official release:

For the second consecutive year two Pac-12 teams will participate in BCS bowls as Pac-12 Champion OREGON heads to the Rose Bowl to take on Big Ten Champion Wisconsin, and STANFORD is Fiesta Bowl-bound to meet Big 12 Champion Oklahoma State. Both games will be played on Monday, Jan. 2.

“We are excited to have Oregon and Stanford once again represent the Pac-12 in the BCS bowl lineup. Both teams are certainly deserving after having proven themselves over the course of the season,” said Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott.

“It’s rewarding to see our teams get the recognition that they deserve. The entire Pac-12 bowl lineup features attractive matchups that our fans are sure to enjoy,” added Scott.

Oregon, which finished at No. 5 in the final BCS standings, is making its third consecutive appearance in a BCS bowl. Meanwhile, Stanford received an automatic at-large berth in a BCS bowl by finishing at No. 4 in the final BCS standings.

Arizona State kicks off the Pac-12 bowl line up with its first postseason appearance since 2007 as it heads to Las Vegas for the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas on Thursday, Dec. 22. The Sun Devils will face Mountain West Conference runner-up Boise State.

California will make its eighth postseason bowl appearance in the last nine seasons as it meets Big 12 representative Texas in the Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl on Wednesday, Dec. 28.

Washington is making back-to-back bowl appearances as it takes on Baylor from the Big 12 Conference in the Valero Alamo Bowl on Thursday, Dec. 29.

Utah, the newest member of the Pac-12 Conference, is making its ninth straight bowl appearance and will face Georgia Tech of the Atlantic Coast Conference in the Hyundai Sun Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 31.

UCLA, the Pac-12 South Division representative in the inaugural Pac-12 Championship, will meet Illinois of the Big Ten Conference in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl on Sat., Dec. 31.

The Pac-12 was unable to fill its seventh bowl slot with the Gildan New Mexico Bowl.