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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Monday, November 5, 2007

Big bowls lining up to check out UH Warriors

By Ferd Lewis
Advertiser Staff Writer

The University of Hawai'i's football bandwagon could need a special Bowl Championship Series viewing section soon.

The Fiesta and Sugar Bowls said they plan to send representatives to the Warriors' Nov. 16 game at Nevada and the Orange Bowl is scheduled to send a scout to the Nov. 23 game with Boise State, Western Athletic Conference commissioner Karl Benson said yesterday.

The visits are contingent upon the 8-0 Warriors continuing to win.

If the Warriors, currently 16th in the BCS ranking, finish in the top 12 , they would be guaranteed a place in one of the five BCS games. Failing that, they would have to be in the top 16 and finish ahead of a champion in one of the six conferences that is guaranteed a berth.

Boise State (8-1) is ranked 20th in the BCS. If UH and Boise continue to win out, the winner of their game is likely to earn a BCS berth. "We could be looking at a No. 15 or 16 Boise State playing a No. 10, 11 or 12 Hawai'i at that point," Benson said.

"The fact that we already have two teams in the top 20 of the BCS makes a very strong statement about WAC football," Benson said.

A visit by an Orange Bowl representative would be the longest trip taken by the Miami-based game.

The Fiesta Bowl had a representative at the Warriors' Oct. 12 game at San Jose State, and the Sugar Bowl had a staffer at the Sept. 8 game at Louisiana Tech. Prior to this season none of the bowls had sent representatives to UH games.

Reach Ferd Lewis at flewis@honoluluadvertiser.com.