Pac-12 bowl projections: Oregon to the playoff, UW to the Fiesta and Arizona jumps into the Holiday

The second-place Ducks may face UW (again) in the ac-12 championship game.

Before we get into the latest Pac-12 bowl forecast, here are some helpful reminders about the postseason selection process:

— The College Football Playoff semifinals will be held in the Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl, leaving the Pac-12 champion to compete in the Fiesta, Peach, or Cotton bowls unless it qualifies for the CFP.

This season, the Pac-12 is contractually bound to seven games: the New Year’s Six, Alamo, Las Vegas, Holiday, Sun, LA, and Independence bowls. If there are more qualified teams than available spots, the conference will try to secure invitations to other bowl games that have openings.

Sugar Bowl/College Football Playoff

Team: Oregon (7-1)

Home games (three): Cal, USC, Oregon State

Road games (one): Arizona State

Comment: With their most difficult games at home and all

The Ducks, with their efficient units, are our pick to win the conference. As the one-loss champion of the country’s toughest league,

They should have a resume that qualifies them for the playoffs.

Fiesta Bowl/New Year’s Six

Team: Washington (8-0)

Home games remaining (two): Utah, WSU

Road games remaining (two): USC, Oregon State

Comment: We anticipate the Huskies to step up their game. following two poor performances. But will they be able to make it through November?

No more than one defeat? Is their defense strong enough to take on Oregon?

In Las Vegas, is there a neutral field? A bid for the New Year’s Six is more likely than not.

Even with the 8-0 start, it’s not a sure thing.

The Alamo Bowl

Team: Utah (6-2)

Home games (two): Arizona State, Colorado

Road games (two): Washington, Arizona

Comment: The most important game for Utah? It could very well be the

The trip to Tucson on November 18th now appears to be far more difficult than it was before.

I used to do it. The path into the New Year’s Six is barely navigable.

Las Vegas Bowl

Team: USC (7-2)

Home games (two): Washington, UCLA

Road games (one): Oregon

Comment: Consider the Pac-12’s selection procedure: The

The Alamo, Las Vegas, and Holiday Bowls all have a selection of teams as long as

The conference record difference is no more than one game. As a

As a result, the Trojans may land in a better bowl than their previous performance.


Holiday Bowl

Team: Arizona (5-3)

Home games (two): UCLA, Utah

Road games (two): Colorado, Arizona State

Comment: The surging Wildcats would be a sought-after team.

Given the likelihood of ticket sales, participants for the Holiday Bowl

and hotel reservations. They require the resume to back up an invitation.

However, that depends on winning at least two of the final four games.

Sun Bowl

Team: Oregon State (6-2)

Home games (two): Stanford, Washington

Road games (two): Colorado, Oregon

Comment: We predict two more Beaver victories.

However, the loss to Arizona could have an impact on the bowl.

If the Beavers and Wildcats are grouped together in the

Standings in the conference.

Los Angeles Bowl

Team: UCLA (6-2)

Home games (two): Arizona State, Cal

Road games (two): Arizona, USC

Comment: No team faces a greater risk of failure than the

Bruins: Withdrawing from the Holiday in 2021 at the last minute (due to injuries).

positive COVID tests) indicates that bowl executives would most likely only extend an invitation.

If they have no other option, they should accept the invitation. Last year, UCLA was featured in the Sun.

At-large bowl

Team: Washington State (4-4)

Home games (two): Stanford, Colorado

Road games (two): Cal, Washington

Comment: The September Cougars would win three of their four games.

The October Cougars, on the other hand, would lose three of their final four games.

We’ll split the difference in November and forecast two more victories.

Another bowl spot. This time, however, it will not be a game associated with

The Pac-12 Conference.


Team: Colorado (4-4)

Home games (two): Oregon State, Arizona

Road games (two): WSU, Utah

Comment: The Buffaloes are more likely at this point.

to lose all of their remaining games rather than winning two of four (and

secure a bowl berth). They are unable to protect or stop their quarterback.



Team: Cal (3-5)

Home games (one): WSU

Road games (three): Oregon, Stanford, UCLA

Comment: We don’t see Cal changing coaches, and we don’t think it’s necessary, but next year will be the year for the Justin Wilcox era.


Team: Stanford (2-6)

Home games (two): Cal, Notre Dame

Road games (two): WSU, Oregon State

Comment: The Pac-12’s November is all about laying the groundwork for the ACC’s September.


Team: Arizona State (2-6)

Home games (two): Oregon, Arizona

Road games (two): Utah, UCLA

Comment: Change the outcome of a few plays in

the three-point losses to Colorado and California, as well as the near-upset at

Washington and the Sun Devils would both be above.500.

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