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Redshirt junior running back James Williams attempts to break through the Washington defense in the Apple Cup on Nov. 23. Before the 28-15 loss to UW in the Apple Cup the Cougars were ranked No. 8 by the College Football Playoff selection committee. They

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For Washington State (10-2), which finished at No. 13, "disappointed" Cougars athletic director Pat Chun pointed his finger at the selection committee's opinion of the Pac-12. The Associated Press poll Sunday placed the Cougs No. 12, though the coaches' rankings had them 13th. Their other loss was to USC.

"We also recognize for WSU and the rest of the Pac-12, this is an important bowl season for all of us", Chun said.

With the University of Oklahoma playing in the College Football Playoff, where the Sooners will play Alabama, and the University of Texas being selected to a New Year's Six bowl, where the Longhorns will play Georgia in the Sugar Bowl, the next-highest bowl selection for the Big 12 was the Alamo Bowl.

"We can easily infer that where we're ranked is a result of maybe the perception of the league", Chun said.

Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said coaching in the Rose Bowl would be a dream come true. But, like I said, we accept it and our focus shifts now. From where I sat, definitely they deserved to be ranked higher.

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An 11th win would be a school record for the Cougars, who will make their fourth straight bowl appearance and their fifth in the seven-year Mike Leach coaching tenure. "We are a young team that just continues to mature and continues to find ways to overcome adversity in a lot of ways".

"The air raid [comes from] this conference, so we'll see a lot of similarities in that, I'd say", Kempt said. This will be their 16th overall appearance in the Rose Bowl game, however, it's their first since 2001, when they defeated Drew Brees and the Purdue Boilermakers.

At that point, most handicappers correctly shunted the Cougars to the Alamo Bowl while getting their opponent wrong, saying it would be West Virginia. The Huskies were at 6-3 in late October, having lost to Cal, their third loss since August, but rallied to claim victory in the next four games, including an upset over rival Washington State in the Apple Cup, which earned them the trip to Santa Clara, leading to another win against the Utes Friday, 10-3.

Ohio State will be the University of Washington's opponent in the Rose Bowl on January 1 in Pasadena, Calif., the first time since the advent of the playoff era in college football that the game will revert to its traditional matchup of conference champions. State finished the season with the country's top-ranked scoring defense, allowing only 12 points per game.

The No. 25 Iowa State football team is going bowling for the second-straight season and 14th time in school history.

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