Dec. 2, 2015 is declared Pac-12 Conference Centennial Day in Seattle and Pullman. The Cougars still have a shot at the Holiday Bowl ... if Stanford wins the Pac-12 championship this Saturday.

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To commemorate the Pac-12 conference’s 100th birthday, the mayors of Pullman and Seattle — Glenn Johnson and Ed Murray, respectively — have declared Wednesday as Pac-12 Conference Centennial Day, the league announced.

Wednesday marks the 100th anniversary of the Pac-12’s founding. Representatives from Washington, Oregon, Oregon State and Cal founded the conference on Dec. 2, 1915, and Washington State joined in 1917 to become the fifth member. Today, the league has expanded to 12 teams and is one of the five “Power Five” conferences in college football.

The Cougs celebrate the Pac-12’s centennial Wednesday night by taking on No. 13 Gonzaga in men’s basketball at Beasley Coliseum at 8 p.m. Johnson will read the city’s official proclamation of Pac-12 Conference Centennial Day at halftime.

 

Here’s how the Cougs can still get to the Holiday Bowl

There are bowl projections everywhere. SI.com’s Stewart Mandel, one of the best in the business, thinks WSU will end up in the Holiday Bowl against Wisconsin. The staff at Yahoo.com sees the Cougs in the Foster Farms bowl against Nebraska.

But let’s face it, no one really knows where WSU will go bowling. Not even the bowls themselves. A lot is riding on the result of this Saturday’s Pac-12 title game between Stanford and USC.

A cursory glance through my Twitter feed seems to indicate that WSU fans are eager for a Holiday Bowl bid. Do not — I repeat — do not buy tickets yet. This is far from a solid bet. But if you’re hopeful for a Holiday Bowl bid for the Cougs, root for the Cardinal to beat USC this weekend.

If Stanford wins the league title and gets the Rose Bowl bid, you should then pray that the Alamo Bowl takes Oregon. Then, the Holiday Bowl would have a tough choice to make between USC — a marquee name which played in San Diego last year, but is still close enough for fans to drive down — and WSU — which is having its best season in a decade, has fans that will travel, an offense that’s fun to watch and a hot commodity in Luke Falk at QB.

Which way the Holiday Bowl veers could also depend on which Big Ten team it ends up getting. For instance, if it lands Michigan from the Big Ten, matching the Wolverines against USC would be any West Coast bowl official’s dream. That is undeniable. But if it’s, say, Northwestern, the tradition isn’t as strong. so you would think the Cougs might get the nod in that scenario.

If USC beats Stanford and Stanford doesn’t get a bid to a New Year’s Six bowl, that all but guarantees that the Cougs will go bowling on Dec. 26 (Foster Farms or Sun Bowl) or sooner (Dec. 19 in Las Vegas). Because in that scenario, even if the Alamo Bowl passes on Stanford to take Oregon, the Holiday Bowl would be contractually obligated to select Stanford. (Of course vice versa — Stanford to Alamo, Oregon to Holiday — could also be the case.)

So basically, best case scenario for the Cougs is a Stanford championship blowout win over USC. Because if you are rooting for a USC loss for WSU bowl purposes, the way in which this loss occurs could also matter to bowl officials if it comes down to selecting USC vs. WSU for a bowl bid.

 

Who stole the signature flag? How rude!

This has been quite the harrowing season for the Ol’ Crimson booster club, which has ensured the longevity of Washington State’s streak of 177 appearances on ESPN’s College GameDay.

That streak was put in jeopardy earlier this season when the Ol’ Crimson flag was delayed on its way to College GameDay in Arizona at the end of September. But this week, the Ol’ Crimson Twitter account announced that the signature flag — one that all flag wavers sign every season — has gone missing after stopping in Stillwater, Okla. last week.

 

Now, more links:

— I handed out report card style grades to the Cougs as a full end-of-regular season assessment.

— The only WSU representative on the Pac-12 All-Century team is kicker Jason Hanson

Mike Sager, from California Magazine, has this really good read about football culture in Samoa (he actually went to Samoa for the story!) and how Joe Salave’a has built his Samoan pipeline at WSU. I wrote a similar story earlier this year too, but Sager’s is more in-depth, full of color and details from his trip to Samoa to hang out with Coach Joe’s brother who is a local high school football coach.

— CougCenter.com reports that 2017 safety Ty Thomas has pulled his WSU verbal

— Jacob Thorpe says WSU’s game vs. Gonzaga tonight could be the last one for a while because the Zags don’t want to renew the series