After finishing the season at 6-6, the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl selected Oregon State to play in Honolulu on December 24 at 3:00 PM HST (5:00 PM PST). With nine bowl eligible Pac-12 teams and only seven affiliates for the conference, the Beavers were forced to look elsewhere for a spot in the postseason. The ESPN owned bowl, wanting an enticing matchup for television viewers, worked out a deal between the Armed Forces and Hawaii bowl, sending a C-USA team to Fort Worth and opening up Honolulu for an at-large team. With one of the best quarterback and wide receiver combinations in the country in Sean Mannion and Brandin Cooks, the Beavers were a logical choice to send to the islands.
Oregon State will face Boise State, which finished the season at 8-4 and second in the "Mountain" division of the Mountain West.
Elsewhere around the conference, Stanford is headed to the Rose Bowl to face Michigan State in a battle of conference champions.
Oregon will learn its fate tonight at 5:30 PM. The Ducks are either headed for the Sugar or the Alamo, and the rest of the higher ranked Pac-12 teams will have to wait to learn their destinations until that is revealed. We do know, however, that Washington State will go to its first bowl game in a decade, meeting Colorado State in the New Mexico on December 21.
Florida State, of course, will meet Auburn in the BCS National Championship, while Baylor and UCF are going to the Fiesta. Clemson and Ohio State will play in the Orange Bowl, and Alabama will meet either Oklahoma or Oregon in the Sugar.
Use this as your open thread the rest of the day as the other bowl matchups trickle out.