Cal (7-5) split its first eight games, leaving its bowl status in doubt, but wins in three of its final four contests – the only loss coming by a 31-28 score at then-No. 8 Stanford on Nov. 19 – earned it a Holiday Bowl berth.
It’s been a long, difficult year for the Fiesta Bowl, first with a dud of a game, then nearly losing its BCS status after an investigation into financial improprieties.
Saturday’s game between No. 3 Stanford and sixth-ranked Oregon may not generate the same kind of hype as LSU-Alabama, but it has the potential to be one of the greatest games in a conference that’s had its share over the years.