WAC targets major bowl slot


DALLAS -- Cotton Bowl officials met with the Western Athletic Conference and the Holiday Bowl on Wednesday in Dallas to discuss postseason bowl possibilities starting with the 1996 regular season.

Among the possibilities discussed was a rotating arrangement between the Cotton and Holiday bowls involving the No. 2 teams from the Big 12 and the Pacific-10, the WAC champion and the No. 3 Big Ten Conference team.

Another scenario WAC and Holiday officials have proposed would be a four-bowl, eight-team Western Bowl alliance that would feature the Cotton, Holiday, Alamo and Sun bowls.

The four-bowl scenario would include the second and third teams each from the Pac-10 and Big 12, the WAC champion and No. 2 team and possibly the No. 3 teams from the Big Ten and Southeastern conferences, WAC officials said.

In either scenario, teams would be drafted by each bowl, with the Cotton Bowl probably picking first.

"We want the opportunity to play a No. 2 team from those conferences," said WAC commissioner Karl Benson said. "The Pac-10 has gone on record they don't want to match their No. 2 with a WAC champ. The games this weekend are games the WAC needs to win to demonstrate a level of competitiveness."

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