Overview / Matchup: The beauty of going to a bowl game in Las Vegas is that, well, it's Las Vegas. The tremendous downside is that, well, yeah, it's still Las Vegas. In other words: college student in Sin City is always dangerous.
And this year, there's a strong possibility that the Brigham Young Mormons may be tempted because Utah is likely headed to a BCS bowl. On the other side, California throttled-jobbed a hapless (and winless!) Washington team to become eligible but took a bid to the Emerald Bowl, opening the door for Arizona to roll to Vegas.
Hotels: If you're going to be in Vegas you might as well stay on the strip. All three of these hotels are Las Vegas landmarks. They each offer rooms that cost several thousand dollars a night, but Caesars Palace and The Venetian also frequently have rooms for one or two hundred. If budget's a concern, avoid the Wynn Las Vegas. It's worth trying to find a cheap room to stay in the heart of Sin City. As for convenience, the stadium is only five minutes away.
Restaurants:Mesa Grill is Bobby Flay's signature restaurant. Try the coffee-spiced rotisserie filet mignon with wild-mushroom-ancho-chili sauce and horseradish potato gratin. Trust us, you won't be disappointed. Burger Bar offers the best burgers in Vegas. From huge and greasy to elegant and refined, they've got the burger for you. Try the Kobe beef and lobster burger. Pink Taco... the name's a little scandalous, but they serve creative Mexican fusion and the restaurant is adjacent to the pool at the Hard Rock, so it's a great place to get appetizers and party.
Nightlife: As for bars and nightlife, who could pick? There are countless bars with every style, specialty and atmosphere you can imagine. Our only suggestion... if you're a vodka fanatic, Red Square is a must. The bar specializes in the Russian export and even has a vodka locker kept at a mind-numbing 5 F/-15 C. To get in, all you have to do is buy a US$250 bottle... they provide the fur coat and hat.
All travel related information comes from Professional Travel Guide.
Turkey Legs to Go: Las Vegas Bowl Travel Guide (BYU v. Arizona) originally appeared on NCAA Football FanHouse on Mon, 08 Dec 2008 08:00:00 EST . Please see our terms for use of feeds.