We are winding down to the final few weeks of the season and I thought this would be a good time to share my Pac 12 bowl projections. The conference has seven bowl slots to fill. I believe that nine teams will become eligible, and each should get an invitation. I Don’t believe the PAC 12 will get an at large birth in the BCS. Below is a list of the teams. How i see them finishing the season and my prediction on where they will be headed.
OREGON 10-0 Final record 13-0 The Ducks have Stanford at home this weekend and close at Oregon St. I believe they win those two and then will host USC and win the Conference Championship. They will play in the National Championship game.
USC 7-3 Final record 9-4 The Trojans travel to UCLA this weekend and then host Notre Dame. I think they sweep both before losing the rematch against Oregon in the Conference Championship game. They should get an invite to the Alamo Bowl.
Oregon St. 7-2 Final record 9-3 The Beavers have three remaining home games to close the year. The Ducks are sandwiched between California and Nicholls St. winning two fo three gets the Beavers to 9-3 and an invite to the Holiday bowl in San Diego.
UCLA 8-2 Final record 9-3 The Bruins close with a home games against rival USC this weekend and Stanford the next. I believe USC nips them this weekend, but they rebound with a win over the Cardinal to close the season. An invitation to the Sun Bowl is on the horizon.
WASHINGTON 6-4 Final record 8-4 The Huskies close with road games at Colorado and Washington St . They should win both games, which will get them to the Las Vegas bowl.
STANFORD 8-2 Final record 8-4 The Cardinal closes the season on the road with games at Oregon and UCLA. I’m concerned about the quarterback play here. I think they lose both road games to close at 8-4. I think they stay home for the bowl season and play in the Kraft Hunger bowl in San Francisco.
ARIZONA 6-4 Final record 7-5 The wildcats get to go bowling this year under new coach Rich Rodriguez. They play at Utah this week, which I think they lose. They return home to play rival Arizona St. a game which I think they win. The New Mexico bowl awaits.
ARIZONA ST. 5-5 Final record 6-6 The Sun Devils have yet to qualify for a bowl as they stand with five wins. They host Washington St. this weekend, which should get them the needed six wins. Then they close at Arizona, in what i see as a loss. My guess is they get an invite to the Independence bowl.
UTAH 4-6 Final record 6-6 This is a stretch as the Utes need to close with two victories to get bowl eligible. I think they do it with a home win over Arizona this week and a road victory over Colorado next week. Should they win those two I think the get an invitation to the New Orleans bowl.