Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Which Teams Will Compete In The 2016 Cactus Bowl?

Action from 2015 Cactus Bowl. Image via Pac-12-com.

Which teams do college football's best prognosticators believe will be selected for the 2016  Cactus Bowl? The Arizona-based bowl has a bounty of candidates from the Pac-12 this season, but a possible lack of enough bowl eligible Big 12 may find it having to look elsewhere to find the Pac-12's opponent.

Official bowl name: Motel 6 Cactus Bowl

Bowl previously known as: Copper Bowl, Bowl, Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl
Date: Jan 2, 2016

Location: Chase Field, Phoenix Arizona

Conference affiliations: Big 12 and Pac-12

Last year's results: Oklahoma State beat Washington 30-22

What the analysts are projecting:

Brett McMurphy, ESPN
Kansas State vs. Arizona State

Mark Schlabach, ESPN
Air Force vs. Cal

Stewart Mandel, FOX Sports
West Virginia vs. Arizona St.

Jerry Palm, CBS Sports
Texas Tech vs. Cal

Jason Kirk, SB*Nation
West Virginia vs. USC

Bryan Fisher, Bleacher Report
West Virginia vs. Arizona St.

Steve Lassan, Athlon Sports
Kansas St. vs. Cal

Bill Bender, Sporting News
Kansas St. va. Cal

Brant Parsons, The Orlando Sentinel
Nevada va. Arizona St.

Pete Fiutak, Campus Insiders 
Kansas St. vs. Arizona

College Sports Madness
New Mexico vs. Cal

Cal and Arizona St. look to be the most popular picks to represent the Pac-12 among the sampled analysts. Kansas St. and West Virginia are the popular picks for the Big 12's representative. Mountain West members Air Force, Nevada, and New Mexico get nods from the analysts who don't think there will be enough bowl eligible teams coming out of the Big 12.

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