"Bright light city gonna set my soul
gonna set my soul on fire...
Got a whole lot of money that's ready to burn
so get those stakes up higher...
There's a thousand pretty women waitin' out there...
And they're all livin' devil may care...
And I'm just the devil with love to spare...
Viva Las Vegas..."
Anybody ready to hop in the car and take the 5 hour drive to Sam Boyd Stadium?
According to reports, officials from the Las Vegas Bowl will be at tomorrow's Duel in the Desert with a simple task: hand the game's winner tickets to Sin City.
The winner between Arizona and Arizona State, regardless of record (6-6 for ASU, 7-5 for Arizona) will be invited to the Las Vegas Bowl.
The Arizona Republic reports that, barring a catastrophic turn of events with USC losing to UCLA and Utah somehow (0% chance) gets left out of the BCS, the Wildcats or Sun Devils will face the Brigham Young Cougars, who would get the Mountain West Champion autobid since the actual champion, Utah, will be in a big money bowl.
I had a feeling earlier this week that the talk of the Devils going to the Emerald Bowl in San Francisco was a bunch of hooey (hooey? I'm getting old). It makes perfect sense for California to stay home. In these economic times, bowls are looking to save as much money as possible and keeping the Bears and their fans a short 20 minute drive across the Bay Bridge is the perfect situation for the bowl and for their committee. They'll most likely play the Miami Hurricanes, but Wake Forest and Maryland also seem like viable ACC candidates for that game.
If Arizona State wins, the Republic says Arizona would go to the Hawai'i Bowl, the very game Arizona State went to after beating Arizona in 2006 in Tucson. Ironic, no?
The Las Vegas Bowl, just for the record, takes place on Saturday, December 20.
And, frankly, who wouldn't want to take a long weekend up in Vegas?