By not logging win No. 7 in the Apple Cup Washington State set itself up for an anxious week. With six wins a bowl game is possible, but not inevitable. That's where Bill Moos steps in.
The Cougar Athletic Director is both excited and optimistic about his football team's opportunity to play in their first bowl game since 2003.
Among the options are the New Mexico Bowl, which is the seventh and final Pac-12 tie in. In the running for a trip to Albuquerque with WSU is six-win Oregon State and 7-5 Arizona. If the Cougars are overlooked, Moos noted the Heart of Dallas Bowl, Texas Bowl, and Independence Bowl as the team's primary alternatives.
As for winning over bowl executives, Moos says the Cougs have plenty of appeal. The AD believes WSU has improved as much as anyone over the course of the season, and their stellar finish to the season can only help their cause. Washington State also has an eager fan base, that he believes will travel well to see the Cougars end their bowl drought. On top of that is WSU's potent Air Raid Offense, and the lure of a nationally known figure such as Mike Leach - especially in and around the state of Texas.
A few games may be in play, but it is clear that Moos has his hopes set on New Mexico and its significance within the Pac-12.
"You go places in life where you're wanted," Moos said. "We want them and they want us. I'm hoping that that'll all work out."
Moos believes they have done all they can at this point to make their case. For the time being they have to wait for this weekend's conference championship games to play out, and determine matchups for BCS Bowl games. Those will set off a domino effect, which will ultimately determine who goes where - and if there is another game ahead for the Cougs.