The Arizona Wildcats will receive an invitation to the Alamo Bowl if they beat Arizona State in Thursday's Territorial Cup and Stanford earns a spot in a Bowl Championship Series game, a spokesman for the San Antonio game said Monday.
Rick Hill said the Wildcats (7-4 overall, 4-4 Pac-10) would be a good fit for the Alamo Bowl - assuming they defeat their rivals.
"We want to get a ranked team and, with a win, they'd be in the Top 25. That would be ideal to start our relationship with the Pac-10," Hill said.
"Our focus is on the Wildcats. Maybe (former UA and Spurs basketball star) Sean Elliott can do the coin toss for us."
The Alamo Bowl, played Dec. 29 at the Alamodome, pits the Pac-10's top non-BCS program against the Big 12 Conference's third-place team.
Arizona can secure no worse than a tie for third place behind Oregon and Stanford by defeating the Sun Devils on Thursday. Oregon (11-0) will play in BCS National Championship Game with a win over rival Oregon State on Saturday, and Stanford (11-1) appears headed to another BCS game - possibly the Orange Bowl.
The Alamo Bowl would choose Arizona over Washington (5-6) if both teams win their rivalry games, Hill said; should Washington win and Arizona lose, the Huskies would likely earn the Alamo bid with the UA heading to the Dec. 30 Holiday Bowl for the second straight year.
Holiday Bowl executive director Bruce Binkowski said Monday that he'd be "excited to have either Arizona or Washington represent the Pac-10" in San Diego.
The Holiday Bowl will pit the Pac-10 participant against the Big 12's No. 5 team, possibly Missouri.
UA athletic director Greg Byrne talked to officials from both games on Monday, though coach Mike Stoops said the postseason is "the furthest thing from our minds."
"We know we're going to be somewhere," he said. "It's going to be a significant game against a quality opponent if we do take care of business."
On StarNet: Read more and watch videos of Friday's post-game interviews with coach Mike Stoops, quarterback Nick Foles and more Arizona football players at go.azstarnet.com/finley
• What: Arizona State at Arizona
• When: 6 p.m. Thursday
• TV: ESPN
• Radio: 1290-AM, 107.5-FM, 990-AM (Spanish)