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Football: Drama for CIF bowl selection

December 8, 2010 | 10:02 am

On Sunday, the CIF section commissioners will meet to select the 10 teams to play in the CIF state championship bowl games. One big question is which Southern California team will get to play in the Open Division.

It's likely to come down to Corona Centennial (13-0) and the winner of the Mission Viejo (13-0) and Anaheim Servite (13-0) Pac-5 final.

The commissioners will likely go by the recommendation of the Southern Section, and considering that the Southern Section believes the Pac-5 Division is the strongest, the Mission Viejo-Servite winner will be considered the favorite to land the Open Division spot, with Centennial going into the Division I bowl.

For me, Centennial has been the best team I've seen all season when it comes to offense, defense and special teams. But strength of schedule matters, and the Pac-5 champion will have the stronger schedule.

The biggest winner will be Concord De La Salle, the likely Northern California representative in the Open Division. De La Salle will be able to have a big sigh of relief not having to face Centennial. Of course, Mission Viejo or Servite should provide plenty of competition.

-- Eric Sondheimer