Heading into Friday night’s matchup between UCLA and Cal, both teams had 5-6 records. It made for not only a battle to attain a .500 record, but also one to get to the 6-win milestone of bowl eligibility. The only question that remained was: What will be the bowl destination for the winner?
The answer to that question may have been inadvertently announced in the press box, when reporters were handed Independence Bowl fact sheets prior to the game.
Independence Bowl fact sheet was handed out to all media at the Rose Bowl, in case you’re wondering where the winner of Cal-UCLA is headed.
— Dan Greenspan (@DanGreenspan) November 25, 2017
The Independence Bowl will be played on Wednesday, Dec. 27. As always, it will be held at Independence Stadium in Shreveport, La.
The Pac-12 has only played in the Independence Bowl three times, winning twice. No matter if it’s Cal or UCLA that makes the trip to Shreveport, it will be a first for either team.
UCLA has not won a bowl game since 2014, when Jim Mora and the Bruins beat Kansas State 40-35 in the Alamo Bowl.
Cal’s last bowl win came in 2015, when the Golden Bears beat Air Force 55-36 in the Armed Forces Bowl.