And a few minutes after the traditional trading of congratulations and glowing praise between school and bowl officials, Texas A&M; Coach R.C. Slocum turned his attention to the Holiday Bowl matchup Dec. 29 with No. 4 Brigham Young, the Western Athletic Conference champion, and Heisman Trophy candidate Ty Detmer.
"We're excited about the opportunity to play what I think is probably the best (college) football team in the country," Slocum said. "That guy Ty Detmer has my vote for Heisman Trophy."
Actually, Slocum doesn't get a vote, but that's OK. He didn't give defensive coordinator Bob Davies a vote on whether the Aggie defense wants to face the No. 2 offense in the nation (562 yards and 44 points a game).
"We didn't ask Bob Davies for his vote," Slocum said wryly. "Obviously, the head coach made this decision. This presents a great challenge for our defense.
"(Holiday Bowl team selection committee chairman) Vinnie (Vinson) kind of hurt my feelings a while ago when he said he thought the (Holiday Bowl) score could be 48-47. As an old defensive coordinator, that kind of hurts."