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Valley will see ‘home’ team, host visitors in Fiesta and Cactus Bowls

College football bowl selections were announced Sunday afternoon, and it looks like the Valley of the Sun will be welcoming the Pac-12 South champion Arizona Wildcats as well as a few out-of-state guests.

No. 10 Arizona was selected to play in the 44th Annual VIZIO Fiesta Bowl against the No. 20 Boise State Broncos on Dec. 31.

This is Arizona’s third consecutive postseason appearance and Boise State’s third total Fiesta Bowl appearance.

Wildcats running back Nick Wilson and quarterback Anu Solomon hope to obtain their 11th win on the season after losing big in the Pac-12 Championship game to Rose Bowl-bound Oregon, while Mountain West champion Boise State will follow the lead of senior quarterback Grant Hendrick, who has thrown for 3,387 yards and 22 touchdowns this season.

“We are thrilled to have two of the top-ranked teams in the country with Boise State and Arizona playing in this year’s VIZIO Fiesta Bowl,” said executive director Mike Nealy. “With Boise State and Arizona’s strong fan base, we couldn’t be more excited to welcome the new era of college football and celebrate this milestone on Dec. 31.”

Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Ariz. will welcome the Washington Huskies and Oklahoma State Cowboys in the 26th Annual TicketCity Cactus Bowl on Jan. 2, 2015 at 8:15 p.m.

Formerly known as the Insight Bowl, the game features two teams from the Pac-12 and Big 12 conferences, respectively.

Washington, a member of the Pac-12 North division, went 8-5 on the season with big wins over Cal and rival Washington State. The Huskies will feature All-Pac-12 linebacker/running back Shaq Thompson and defensive tackle Danny Shelton, while the Cowboys hope to see a productive night out of former backup freshman quarterback Mason Rudolph, who has thrown for more than 500 yards and four touchdowns in just two appearances this season.

“We are excited to welcome Washington, Oklahoma State and their expansive fan base to our game and to Tempe,” said Nealy.