BY SPNW Staff 03:39PM 12/06/2015

Huskies to face So. Miss in Heart of Dallas Bowl

Washington (6-6) will battle (9-4) Southern Mississippi Dec. 26 in the Heart of Dallas Bowl at the Cotton Bowl. UW will be making its 36th overall bowl appearance.

Chris Petersen’s Huskies play Southern Mississippi in the Cotton Bowl the day after Christmas. / Drew Sellers, Sportspress Northwest

The University of Washington football team (6-6) makes its 36th bowl appearance Dec. 26 (11:20 a.m., ESPN) when it takes on Southern Mississippi (9-4) of Conference USA in the Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl at the Cotton Bowl — the first meeting between the schools.

Washington, which became bowl eligible by winning its final two regular-season games, including a 45-10 rout of Washington State in the Apple Cup, plays in the storied Cotton Bowl (opened in 1930) for the first time in program history against a Golden Eagles team that finished 7-2 in conference play but lost to Western Kentucky in the league’s title game.

The Golden Eagles played only one Power 5 conference opponent this season, losing to Nebraska 36-28 in Lincoln.

Owned and operated by ESPN Events, the bowl has had five previous editions. Conference USA teams have played in four, including Louisiana Tech last year, which defeated Illinois 35-18.

The Huskies are in a bowl for a sixth consecutive season — Holiday (2010), Alamo (2011), Las Vegas (2012), Fight Hunger (2013), Cactus (2014) — and will be seeking their first postseason win since Dec. 27, 2013 when they knocked off Brigham Young in the Fight Hunger Bowl in San Francisco. Among Pac-12 programs, only Stanford and Oregon can claim longer active streaks.

Washington’s players and coaches depart for Dallas Dec. 21.

Tickets for the game can be purchased at

Pac-12 Conference Bowl Schedule

Date Bowl Site Matchup *Payout
Dec. 19 New Mexico Albuquerque, NM Arizona vs. N. Mexico  $456,250
Dec. 19 Royal Purple Las Vegas, NV. Utah vs. BYU $1,350,000
Dec. 26 Foster Farms Santa Clara, CA. UCLA vs. Nebraska $2,212,500
Dec. 26 Dallas Dallas Washington vs. So. Miss $1,100,000
Dec. 26 Sun El Paso, TX. Washington St. vs. Miami $2,150,000
Dec. 29 Armed Forces Fort Worth, TX. California vs. Air Force $675,000
Dec. 30 Holiday San Diego USC vs. Wisconsin $2,825,000
Jan. 1 Rose Pasadena Stanford vs. Iowa $18,000,000
Jan. 2 Cactus Phoenix ASU vs. W. Virginia $3,325,000
Jan. 2 Alamo San Antonio Oregon vs. TCU $3,825,000

*=Amount each school will receive


  • SeaRaays

    ASU got the Cactus bowl. Not far to travel for that one.

    • art thiel

      Remember when Boise State seemed to make the Humanitarian bowl every year?

      • SeaRaays

        So are we saying that some Alumni have local companies with big pockets.. or it is just one of those crazy coincidences.

  • SeaRaays

    Cougs play Miami in the armpit of Texas not BYU

    • art thiel


      • SeaRaays

        The Cougs vs The Cougs! Would be more attractive to the region and the armpit area. From what I heard in that area BYU would only have to bring maybe five families to fill the stadium.

  • Bayview Herb

    I just left the ESPN site for the century best players in all categories. While I realize this is skewed since most voters are not old enough to remember some of the real great ones from the 1950’s, I was appalled that Warren Moon was left out. I guess the so. Ca, reporters are homers.

    • art thiel

      All the voters can read history. Warren may have been hurt because he was a JC transfer and played only two years.

  • Bayview Herb

    Are the payouts a total or are they for both teams?

    • art thiel

      Like the asterisk says: Each team.

  • Jeff Shope

    Ironic they play the team that lost to nick holts western kentucky

    • art thiel

      Was hoping to see “Awesome” Nick Holt.

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