Foster Farms Bowl director of communications Doug Kelly lays out the current picture of the bowl game, the attractiveness of Utah, and possible Ben Ten opponents.
The Foster Farms Bowl is slated to have the fourth choice of the Pac-12 affiliated bowls, but that doesn’t necessarily mean the fourth-place team will go there. Utah finished sixth in the conference if you combined the two divisions. But with Washington appearing to have an inside track to the College Football Playoff, the teams would “slide up” to the bowl above their place.
But as previously noted on espn700sports.com, the bowls can pick any team within one loss of the highest-placing team available to them at the time of selection. Many reports indicate that the Foster Farms Bowl in San Francisco/Santa Clara, CA would prefer Utah over fifth-place Stanford, due in part to Utah’s reputation of traveling well to bowl games.
Bowl director of communications Doug Kelly joined OC & Swinney on Wednesday and said the bowl likes Utah, and has fond memories of the Utes’ appearance in 2005 in the then-named Emerald Bowl at AT&T Park. Kelly also mentioned possible Big Ten opponents could include Indiana, Minnesota, or Northwestern. Many projections have IU or Minnesota in the game.