I've been asking this question since last week, and still haven't gotten a solid answer. It looks like the Beavers, Cal, Stanford, and Arizona will all be tied at 6-3 in the Pac 10, and 8-4 overall. Everyone has been assuming that the winner of the USC vs Arizona game was going to go to the Holiday Bowl. Assuming USC won, I guess I could follow that reasoning...but they lost. I have no clue why the heck Arizona would be more appealing than the Beavers.
So I did some quick research. I can't find anything saying that this is concrete. That's not to say that I didn't miss something. I did, however, find this interesting article. In it, Clark Siebrand, who is a Holiday Bowl selection committee member, states that he prefers the Beavers in this scenario.
A 15-member committee will meet Dec. 6 and debate the merits of each team. A majority vote determines who they pick.
"That's when we have a big decision with who we pick," Siebrand said. "I personally prefer Oregon State. They haven't been here before. There is a sentiment for Oregon State. If there's a tie they look pretty good."
The article also confirms that there is no "tie-breaker" for the Holiday Bowl. In the event of a tie for 2nd, they can pick whoever they want. So...am I just missing something that says that Arizona is going for sure, or are people just making an assumption? I hope for the latter, and I hope to see the Beavers in the Holiday Bowl.