SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The Texas Tech and Arizona State football teams are scheduled to arrive in San Diego Wednesday for Monday's 36th annual Holiday Bowl at Qualcomm Stadium.
Texas Tech will stay at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront and Arizona State at the Manchester Grand Hyatt.
Pre-game activities for both teams include visits to SeaWorld San Diego Thursday, the San Diego Zoo Friday and the USS Ronald Reagan Sunday.
The Holiday Bowl has the second choice among Pacific-12 Conference teams and fourth choice from the 10-team Big 12 Conference after the conference champions and any additional teams are chosen to play in Bowl Championship Series games.
Arizona State (10-3) won the Pacific-12 Conference's South Division but lost to Stanford, 38-14, in the conference's championship game. The Sun Devils are ranked 16th in the Associated Press media poll and17th in the USA Today Coaches Poll.
Texas Tech (7-5) has lost five consecutive games and is unranked.
Arizona State will be making its fourth appearance in the Holiday Bowl and the first since the 2007 game, when it lost to Texas, 52-34. The Sun Devils are 0-3in the Holiday Bowl. Texas Tech's only other Holiday Bowl appearance came in 2004, when itupset California, 45-31. Sonny Cumbie was named as the game's MVP, completing39 of 60 passes for three touchdowns a game-record 520 yards. Cumbie is now the Red Raiders co-offensive coordinator. Two of his teammates from the 2004 team are also on Texas Tech's coaching staff: co-defensive coordinator Mike Smith and safeties coach Trey Haverty.
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