Though the Outback Bowl is considered to be a better bowl, the Holiday Bowl features two ranked teams this year.
Washington State fell to Minnesota last season in the Holiday Bowl. This year, the Spartans are 16th and Cougars 18th in the latest college football playoff rankings.
The City Council proclaimed it "San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl 40th Game Day" Monday in San Diego.
The "off field issues" Harbaugh is referencing the are 13 players who left the team before the start of the 2017 season, including the four players dismissed after being charged for sexual assault. "It is a first-class event and the staff treated us exceptionally well last season".
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The Spartans were led by Nick Ward, who matched his season high with 22 points as part of a balanced offense that included 15 points, 10 rebounds, and 3 blocks from Jaren Jackson and16 points and 7 assists from Cassius Winston.
Washington State is making its third-straight bowl appearance and fourth in six years under Leach, marking the first time a coach has done either at WSU. Previously WSU has played in the Rose Bowl (1916, 1931, 1998, 2003), the Holiday Bowl (1981, 2003), the Aloha Bowl (1988), the Copper Bowl (1992), the Alamo Bowl (1994), the Sun Bowl (2001, 2015) and the 2013 New Mexico Bowl.
"Mike's our coach today and we expect him to be our coach for the bowl game", Johnson said Sunday during a conference call.
"We really look forward to welcoming thousands and thousands of football fans to our great city in just a couple of weeks", said bowl Executive Director Mark Neville. The game will be televised by FS1.