Overview / Matchup: San Diego gets a pair of upper-midweights for the feature game of December 30, as Oregon and Oklahoma State head out west. Or south, I suppose, in the case of the Ducks. Both teams had strong seasons but experienced some tough stretches. Oregon lost the requisite games against USC and Cal (wins needed for BCS contention) and then coughed one up to Boise as well. The 'Boys coughed up three losses -- Texas, Oklahoma and Texas Tech -- that are pretty indicative of their standing in the Big 12.
Hotels: The Grand Del Mar is the best and newest hotel in San Diego, it has great Southern California architecture gorgeous canyon views... unfortunately it's 20 minutes North of town & the stadium. In town stay at the Hilton San Diego Gaslamp Quarter (which is pricey but they should have rooms under 200) or for a cheaper rate and better proximity to the stadium try the Courtyard by Marriott San Diego.
Restaurants: Spend time in the gas lamp district downtown, good shops and restaurants. If you're willing to drive, head for Silver Strand Blvd and eat at Mistral. The restaurant has great seafood and the best views in town. Lou & Mickey's is known for steaks, but our recommendation is the iced shellfish platter. Trophy's is a historic sports bar with plenty of fans, plenty of televisions and plenty of sports memorabilia.
Nightlife: Trophy's is also a great spot to enjoy a beer before or after the game. Head to the Altitude Skybar and Garden Lounge for higher-brow (and higher-priced) nightlife. 22 stories up, this rooftop bar caters to young professionals, offers great city views and even has blankets for patrons on cold nights.
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Turkey Legs to Go: Holiday Bowl Travel Guide, Oregon vs. Oklahoma State originally appeared on NCAA Football FanHouse on Wed, 17 Dec 2008 10:15:00 EST . Please see our terms for use of feeds.