"That's definitely what the expectation is,'' Holgorsen said. "It's certainly the expectation here, and it should be.''
More than that, however, a bowl game serves as a send-off for a team's seniors. There aren't that many - just 13 are listed on the current roster - but it's usually a welcomed extension for a football career that for most will end with their final college game.
"It's a reward for the seniors. That's the number-one thing,'' Holgorsen said. "You can say it's for development. You can say it's for recruiting, to go win one and get a trophy in the case. That's all good and it's a good experience for everyone. But a reward for the seniors is the most important.''
Save for a handful of transfers, for most of the seniors on this year's team their college careers have been, well, eventful. Some were recruited as high school juniors by Rich Rodriguez's staff. The fifth-year seniors were signed by Bill Stewart to play in the Big East. They've played three years now for Holgorsen, the last two in the Big 12. And they've reached the highs of an Orange Bowl wipeout of Clemson and lofty national rankings after a 5-0 start last season, and the lows of going 6-12 in their last 18 games.
"You're talking about guys who have been through a lot of transition from coaching staff and conferences,'' Holgorsen said. "Guys like Will [Clarke], Pat [Eger], Darwin [Cook] and Curtis Feigt. Charles [Sims] has been phenomenal in his one year. Nick Kindler is playing well. Ivan McCartney has been through a lot.
"You have guys who want to keep playing. Being able to get them to a bowl game is big.''
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