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Final BCS standings 2012: Arizona, Arizona State headed to postseason

Neither team finished in the BCS top-25 after the final week of the season but both will go bowling.

Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE

The final BCS rankings were released Sunday without the Arizona Wildcats or Arizona State Sun Devils anywhere to be seen. Neither team has played since ASU's victory in the Duel in the Desert but both will be playing again. The Wildcats will head east to face the Nevada Wolf Pack in the New Mexico Bowl while the Sun Devils will head north and west to face the Navy Midshipmen in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl in San Francisco.

For the Wildcats, it's their fourth trip to the post season in the last five years and after many days of speculation, they'll head to Albuquerque. The guys at AZ Desert Swarm are very aware of the challenges the Wolf Pack present.

In Nevada, UA sees an opponent with a similar offensive makeup. Head coach Chris Ault transformed a program in the Division I-AA ranks just two decades ago into a perennial bowl team with his Pistol offense. The Wolf Pack has ranked in the top 20 in points per game three of the last four seasons, and accentuated the abilities of current San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

Meanwhile, the Sun Devils will be facing a very different kind of offense in the triple option when they meet the Navy Midshipmen in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl. They'll also run into a coach who has had a lot of success at the service academy.

During his tenure, (Ken) Niumataolo has amassed a 38-25 record, and this year Navy will return to a bowl after missing out in 2011, breaking a run of eight straight years in the postseason.

The New Mexico Bowl is on Dec. 15 at 11 a.m. MT on ESPN, while the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl is on Dec. 29 at 2 p.m. MT, also on ESPN.