Two years ago, USC and Texas played for the college football national championship.
How about a rematch this year in the Pacific Life Holiday Bowl?
It won’t be the Trojans of Matt Leinart/Reggie Bush vs. the Longhorns of Vince Young.
But it would still offer coaches Pete Carroll of USC and Mack Brown of Texas, leading two of the most heralded teams annually in college football.
Let’s face it: The Holiday Bowl is only going to get USC on a down year for the Trojans. This may be the year.
Texas was here in 2001 and 2003 for the Holiday Bowl, but the Longhorns would probably welcome a rematch of their title win over USC two years ago. (USC has never played in the game.)
The Dec. 27 Holiday Bowl matches the Pac-10 runner-up against a third selection from the Big 12.
The game could certainly match a pair of current Top 10 teams if Arizona State were to face Missouri. But let’s face it: Those teams don’t have the national appeal of USC and Texas.
Kansas and Oklahoma are other possibilities from the Big 12 if they slip late in the season. Ditto for Oregon in the Pac-10.
But all things considered, the Holiday Bowl can’t do better than a match-up of USC vs. Texas.