When Brian Griese gets behind the microphone for Saturday’s Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl between Arizona State and Navy, it will be only about 40 hours since he finished calling Thursday night’s Holiday Bowl between UCLA and Baylor. That’s a pretty quick turnaround for the ESPN analyst doing two bowl games involving Pac-12 teams with just one day in between.
But Griese, who played quarterback in the NFL for 11 years, said he has experience preparing to perform on short notice.
One of the highest profile bowl games kicks off Saturday evening as Oregon State returns to a bowl game with a trip to San Antonio. Head coach Mike Riley is quite familiar with the area as he recruits Texas heavily, once coached in the area and owns an offseason house not too far away.
It should be an interesting matchup as Texas is looking to get back on the right track to their big winning ways against a blue collar group from Oregon State intent on hitting the double-digit win mark in 2012.
LOS ANGELES - Stanford’s run to the roses has been a memorable one for players, coaches and a hungry fan base that has waited 13 years to get back to Pasadena on New Year’s Day. Just days away from taking the field, many on the team have used the down time the bowl offers to reflect on the season leading up to the biggest and final game of the 2012 campaign.
Starting quarterback Kevin Hogan hasn’t had the same luxury.
A trip to San Francisco and the Pac-12 Networks' backyard is the reward for a solid year at Arizona State in coach Todd Graham's first season running the team. This will be the Sun Devils' second straight bowl game, and it comes off a thrilling win over rival Arizona in the Territorial Cup to end the regular season.
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SAN DIEGO — UCLA's seniors sat down during the offseason to discuss team goals for their last go-around.
Reaching 10 wins – the Bruins have totaled double-digit wins just once in the last 14 years – will have to wait until next year. But they delivered on their primary objective.
"We said we wanted to leave this place better than we found it," senior safety Dalton Hilliard said. "I feel like we can be proud of the way we left this team and this program."
SAN DIEGO - When Jim Mora took over a struggling UCLA football team, he did what every coach does in his first few months: he preached of changing the “culture” of a program. For the most part, it looked like he was actually doing it instead of reading off talking points at an introductory press conference.
No more seniors were going “over the wall.” Fall camp would be in the sweltering summer heat of San Bernardino. Practices would be early in the morning. Tough talk with players translated into sharp performances right out the gate during non-conference play.
It was a short drive down to San Diego and the Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl for UCLA as the Bruins take on Baylor in a Pac-12/Big 12 battle. The team won nine games during the regular season and were Pac-12 South Division winners in Jim Mora's first year at the school. A traditional look is in store for the Bruins on Thursday night with gold helmets, blue tops and gold pants. Baylor went with the simple all-white uniforms with matte green helmets for their third straight bowl game, a first in school history.