The game is in Santa Clara where the Niners play, about 50 miles south of San Francisco. So you can fly into the closer San Jose airport, and most assuredly find better hotel deals in the area than in the City. There are even hotels walking distance to the stadium.I am excited about the bowl no matter what, but I can't imagine a more expensive flight/lodging situation for fans than the Red Box Bowl. Flying to SFO that close to Xmas/New Years will be $$$.
Pitt? That team isn’t very good.
Washington State isn’t really either but they’re a different animal.
This is where SP+ fails, in that they routinely give higher factoring to teams who play and lose close games as opposed to analyzing how those teams actually function on the field. A 4 point loss in a back and forth against UCLA probably didn't factor into WSU even though that game, in reality, was a (crap) show against a (crap) football team. Much like the NT conversation we had months ago, this ranking does not accurately project the on-field product here.Washington State's (via SP+) is handily better (25) than Illinois' (59). Pitt (56) and Louisville (62) would be within our neighborhood. Pitt's was lower than I expected, so let's avoid Pac-12 (unless it's Cal).