Considering there's still a full month of football to go with big games and rivalries still to played, deducing how the season will end is supposition at best. Still, if teams perform like they have so far, there’s a certain reality as to who will win the remaining contests this year. That is likely true with the Pac-12 Conference this season, which has had an excellent 2013 and just may be the best league in the nation – yes, better than the Southeastern Conference.
Just how many Pac-12 teams will make bowl games this season? It appears nine squads will take holiday trips in the postseason with one team possibly headed to the BCS title game. The list here has nine schools but the last team to make a bowl in 2013 may be the winner of the Washington State Cougar at Utah Utes game in late November.
The most obvious battle to be played this year will be one week from Thursday in Palo Alto between the #2 Oregon Ducks and the #5 Stanford Cardinal. The highly anticipated game looked iffy at times because Stanford looked beatable and in fact, lost a shocker in Salt Lake City to the Utah Utes. However, the Cardinal have rebounded and been able to keep up their half of the bargain with wins over ranked opponents UCLA Bruins and Oregon State Beavers, setting up the big showdown with undefeated Oregon. The winner will probably end up the North Division champ, conference champion and a trip to the BCS championship, with the loser likely headed to the Rose Bowl.
A lot of shuffling for the remaining bowl positions will be the norm as the season comes to an end. The South Division should be decided by a late November contest in the Rose Bowl with Arizona State Sun Devils visiting UCLA. Note that three Pac-12 teams will not make bowl games this season: California, Colorado and the loser of Washington State/Utah matchup who will then be ineligible due to a losing record – the probable winner is listed at the end of the list.
Here are the projections with the bowls listed in order of priority and because the Pac-12 will have nine teams eligible, one team at the bottom of the pecking order will fill a position not normally aligned with the Pac-12. Watch for the Pinstripe, Heart of Dallas or Independence Bowls to need help filling in because the Big 12 won’t be able fill their allotment of postseason games and the SEC has several teams around the .500 mark that may end up with losing records.
Source: Pac-12 Conference