Pac-12 Bowl Projections 2017-18

Where will your favorite PAC-12 team be spending the best week of the year?  We’ve reviewed four of our favorite publications and their bowl projections, organized by school, follow.  After the projections, we’ll offer some analysis.

Arizona

  • Athlon Sports –Home for the Holidays
  • Sporting News – Home for the Holidays
  • Phil Steele –Home for the Holidays 
  • Street & Smith’s –Home for the Holidays 

Arizona State

  • Athlon Sports – Home for the Holidays
  • Sporting News – Home for the Holidays
  • Phil Steele – Home for the Holidays
  • Street & Smith’s – Home for the Holidays 

California

  • Athlon Sports – Home for the Holidays
  • Sporting News – Home for the Holidays
  • Phil Steele – Home for the Holidays
  • Street & Smith’s – Home for the Holidays

Colorado

  • Athlon Sports – Las Vegas Bowl vs. Boise State
  • Sporting News – Sun Bowl vs.  Miami (FL)
  • Phil Steele – Las Vegas Bowl vs. San Diego State
  • Street & Smith’s – Sun Bowl vs. Miami (FL)  

Oregon

  • Athlon Sports – Holiday Bowl vs. Northwestern
  • Sporting News – Home for the Holidays
  • Phil Steele – Holiday Bowl vs. Nebraska
  • Street & Smith’s – Home for the Holidays

Oregon State

  • Athlon Sports –  Home for the Holidays
  • Sporting News – Las Vegas Bowl vs. Boise State
  • Phil Steele – Home for the Holidays
  • Street & Smith’s – Las Vegas Bowl vs. Boise State 

Stanford

  • Athlon Sports – Alamo Bowl vs. Texas
  • Sporting News – Alamo Bowl vs. Oklahoma State
  • Phil Steele – Alamo Bowl vs. Oklahoma State
  • Street & Smith’s – Alamo Bowl vs. Kansas State 

UCLA

  • Athlon Sports – Sun Bowl vs. NC State 
  • Sporting News –  Armed Forces Bowl vs. Army
  • Phil Steele – Foster Farms Bowl vs. Baylor
  • Street & Smith’s – Armed Forces Bowl vs. Army

USC

  • Athlon Sports – Fiesta Bowl vs. LSU
  • Sporting News – Sugar Bowl vs.  Florida State (College Football Playoff)
  • Phil Steele – Sugar Bowl vs. Alabama (College Football Playoff)  
  • Street & Smith’s – Sugar Bowl vs. Alabama (College Football Playoff) 

Utah

  • Athlon Sports – Cactus Bowl vs. Kansas State 
  • Sporting News – Holiday Bowl vs. Northwestern
  • Phil Steele – Cactus Bowl vs. Kansas State
  • Street & Smith’s – Holiday Bowl vs. Northwestern    

Washington

  • Athlon Sports – Sugar Bowl vs. Alabama (College Football Playoff) 
  • Sporting News – Fiesta Bowl vs. Penn State
  • Phil Steele – Cotton Bowl vs. USF 
  • Street & Smith’s – Fiesta Bowl vs. Penn State 

Washington State

  • Athlon Sports – Foster Farms Bowl vs. Iowa
  • Sporting News – Foster Farms Bowl vs.  Michigan State
  • Phil Steele – Sun Bowl vs. NC State
  • Street & Smith’s – Foster Farms Bowl vs. Michigan State 

Consensus Picks –  There are four teams in consensus, with all publications picking Stanford for the Alamo Bowl and Cal and both Arizona and Arizona State to be home for the holidays.  Two of the publications have Oregon State and two have Oregon not making it to bowl eligibility.  But the schedules of those five schools are closely intertwined this year, with Oregon, Oregon State and Arizona each playing the other four, and Cal and Arizona State facing three of four.  If any one of these teams is just a little bit better than the others, they will be going bowling.

All of the publications have Washington and USC playing in a New Year’s Six bowl game, with the Pac-12 Champion making it into the College Football Playoff.  Three of the four magazines have USC appearing in the college football playoff.

Our Take –  The Pac-12 Oregon and UCLA will exceed expectations, while Utah, Colorado, Washington State will be bowl bound.  None of the experts agree with us, but we think the Territorial Cup, featuring Arizona and Arizona State, will also determine bowl eligibility.

Why we do this?  – Every fall, once any school becomes bowl eligible during the college football season, we print bowl projections from a variety of sources, and provide some analysis.  We’ll also offer a pick of our own, that may seem crazy (one of our rules is that no one else can have the teams picked) but if you go through our track record, you’ll see we’ve not only been pretty crazy, we’ve also been fairly accurate.  As always, we seek and invite your thoughts and comments.

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