With the addition of Arizona State to the ranks of the bowl-eligible and Utah dropping out of the running, the Pac-12 bowl picture is set for this postseason with eight teams. That total is one more than last season and a great indicator as to how tough the league was in 2012.
Here’s an overview of where various media outlets are predicting each Pac-12 team winds up and whom they might be playing in the postseason.
Stanford (9-2, 7-1)
ESPN: Rose Bowl (against Nebraska)
Sports Illustrated: Fiesta Bowl (against Kansas State)
CBSSports.com: Fiesta Bowl (against Kansas State)
CollegeFootballNews.com/Scout.com: Rose Bowl (against Wisconsin)
Stanford’s upset win over Oregon could wind up being a great thing for the conference overall even if its not for the Ducks’ national title hopes. In control of their own destiny with regards to the Pac-12 title and a Rose Bowl berth, most pundits are on board with the Cardinal heading to Pasadena. That would almost assuredly result in two BCS berths for the conference.
Oregon (10-1, 7-1 conference)
ESPN: Fiesta Bowl (against Kansas State)
Sports Illustrated: Rose Bowl (against Nebraska)
CBSSports.com: Rose Bowl (against Nebraska)
CollegeFootballNews.com/Scout.com: Fiesta Bowl (against Kansas State)
The Ducks need help to get to the Rose Bowl but it’s very likely they wind up in some sort of January BCS game this season if they win their Civil War game against Oregon State. Sitting at No. 5 in the BCS standings, they’ll need some help to get into the national championship game that seemed like a lock a week ago.
Oregon State (8-2, 6-2)
ESPN: Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl (against TCU)
Sports Illustrated: Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl (against West Virginia)
CBSSports.com: Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl (against Texas Tech)
CollegeFootballNews.com/Scout.com: Hyundai Sun Bowl (against N.C. State)
The Beavers’ return to a bowl game is set but the location still is very much TBD until after this week’s rivalry game against the Ducks. While it appears a BCS bid is out of the question, a nice trip to San Diego for the Holiday Bowl would be a great reward for a remarkable bounce-back season in Corvallis.
Washington (7-4, 5-3)
ESPN: Hyundai Sun Bowl (against Virginia Tech)
Sports Illustrated: Hyundai Sun Bowl (against Georgia Tech)
CBSSports.com: Hyundai Sun Bowl (against Georgia Tech)
CollegeFootballNews.com/Scout.com: Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl (against Navy)
As we said last week, the Huskies could land at a number of different spots but with a large and passionate fan base, they should be an attractive pick. With regards to Pac-12 bowl selections, teams only have to be within one win for the bowl to pick a program that is lower in the conference standings, so Washington going to the Sun Bowl over, say, Oregon State is possible.
UCLA (9-2, 6-2)
ESPN: Valero Alamo Bowl (against Oklahoma State)
Sports Illustrated: Valero Alamo Bowl (against Oklahoma State)
CBSSports.com: Valero Alamo Bowl (against West Virginia)
CollegeFootballNews.com/Scout.com: Valero Alamo Bowl (against Texas)
The Bruins are headed to the Pac-12 Championship Game in the postseason no matter what happens on Saturday. As to where they wind up in regards to a bowl game, that is still up in the air. UCLA controls its own destiny with regards to staying home and going to the Rose Bowl game, but most media outlets have them headed to a post-Christmas Riverwalk experience at the Alamo Bowl.
USC (7-4, 5-4)
ESPN: Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl (against Navy)
Sports Illustrated: MAACO Las Vegas Bowl (against Boise State)
CBSSports.com: Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl (against Navy)
CollegeFootballNews.com/Scout.com: Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl (against West Virginia)
Don’t think anybody had the Trojans in the Holiday or Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl at the beginning of the season, but those are two possible destinations after a loss to their crosstown rival on Saturday. Because it’s their first bowl game in two years, the fan base will be plenty attractive to bowl partners and will draw a ton of interest.
Arizona (7-4, 4-4)
ESPN: MAACO Las Vegas Bowl (against a Mountain West team)
Sports Illustrated: Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl (against Navy)
CBSSports.com: MAACO Las Vegas Bowl (against Boise State)
CollegeFootballNews.com/Scout.com: MAACO Las Vegas Bowl (against Boise State)
Wildcats fans are no doubt thrilled at the progress in the program under first-year head coach Rich Rodriguez, and would love a trip to Las Vegas to wrap up the season. The potential for a game against Boise State will probably make both defensive coordinators nervous, but should wind up being a great match-up.
Arizona State (6-5, 4-4)
ESPN: Gildan New Mexico Bowl (against a Mountain West team)
Sports Illustrated: Gildan New Mexico Bowl (against Nevada)
CBSSports.com: Gildan New Mexico Bowl (against Nevada)
CollegeFootballNews.com/Scout.com: Gildan New Mexico Bowl (against Fresno State)
There’s a chance the Sun Devils could wind up higher in the pecking order with a win in the Territorial Cup against their rivals to the south, but most have Arizona State set with a trip to the Gildan New Mexico Bowl.