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Arizona football: ASU, UA lobbying for a Fight Hunger bid

2012-11-29T00:00:00Z 2012-11-29T00:27:05Z Arizona football: ASU, UA lobbying for a Fight Hunger bidRyan Finley Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
November 29, 2012 12:00 am  • 

Wednesday brought another postseason possibility for the Arizona Wildcats, who - with weeks remaining before their next game - are tiring of the rampant speculation.

Sin City is looking like a long shot, and San Francisco is suddenly in play. If rival Arizona State gets its way, however, the UA could be headed for Albuquerque after all.

Arizona (7-5 overall, 4-5 Pac-12) will learn its bowl fate Sunday, after the Bowl Championship Series games are set.

The Dec. 22 Las Vegas Bowl now appears likely to pit Washington (7-5, 5-4) against Boise State, assuming the Broncos are left out of the BCS.

The Fight Hunger Bowl picks next and is expected to choose between Arizona State and Arizona. The Dec. 29 game will pair the Pac-12's sixth pick against Navy at AT&T Park, home of the world champion San Francisco Giants.

"It's quite likely" that either Arizona or ASU will head to San Francisco, said Gary Cavalli, the Fight Hunger Bowl's executive director. "I've been talking to both of them, and have had a lot of good discussions."

The Sun Devils (7-5, 5-4) may try to force the Fight Hunger Bowl's hand. Athletic director Steve Patterson told a Phoenix radio station Tuesday that ASU won't accept a bid to the Dec. 15 New Mexico Bowl, which selects after the Fight Hunger game. The reason: Arizona State's finals week starts Dec. 13.

"The reality is for us, we're in the middle of finals during the New Mexico Bowl," Patterson told "Doug and Wolf" Tuesday.

"So we just can't go there."

Arizona has a conflict, too: The Wildcats' basketball team hosts powerhouse Florida at McKale Center that night. Dec. 15 is also graduation day. The UA's finals week ends Dec. 13.

As a result, the rival schools are both lobbying hard for the Fight Hunger Bowl. Arizona has also reached out to the Sun and Las Vegas bowls.

"We seem to be very popular right now," Cavalli said. "I feel like a five-star recruit, and it's nice to have people who want to come to San Francisco."

Cavalli and his staff have been "burning up the phone lines," he said, trying to gauge which of the Arizona schools would be a better fit.

The New Mexico Bowl, meanwhile, will take whichever team is left when the deal-cutting is done.

Arizona State's concerns about finals can be fixed, executive director Jeff Siembieda said Wednesday.

The Sun Devils' threat was news to him.

"We can get people to proctor exams," he said. "Fresno State had that issue in the past; we understand it, and we'll work with any exams that come up."

Extra points

• Patterson, in the same radio interview, said ASU planned to wear all-black uniforms for last week's Territorial Cup game. The Sun Devils received approval from the Pac-12 but were denied by the UA. Instead, they wore black helmets and pants and white tops.

Road teams traditionally wear white jerseys. Recently, other rivals - USC and UCLA, for example - have received clearance to wear both of their home uniforms for grudge-match games.

With ASU rebuffed, Arizona made uniform news. The Wildcats debuted red helmets and held a "red-out" for the nationally televised game.

• UA running back Ka'Deem Carey is a Heisman Trophy candidate - sort of. Carey is one of 12 candidates for the Heisman Trophy's "Fan Vote," which counts toward the final tally. Fans can vote online, once a day, through next week.

Arizona's best bets

The two bowls Arizona is most likely to attend.

New Mexico Bowl

• When: 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, on ESPN

Las Vegas Bowl

• When: 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, on ESPN

On TV

• What: BCS Selection Show

• When: 6:30 p.m. Sunday

• TV: ESPN

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