Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Arizona State looks to join six Pac-12 teams that are already bowl eligible.

Bowl Eligibility Watch

Chris Petersen. Image via The Sacramento Bee. 

Week 12 of the 2016 college football season saw Cal and UCLA eliminated from bowl eligibility contention, losing their respective games to Stanford and USC.

That leaves Arizona State as the only Pac-12 team with a chance join the six conference teams that have cemented their postseason eligibility with six wins.

Here's the rundown of where the bowl eligible Pac-12 may be heading in the postseason, as well as what Arizona State needs to do to join them.

Bowl Projections are via Jason Kirk of SB*Nation.

An "*" next to a projected bowl opponent indicates it has not yet qualified for a bowl itself.

Bowl Eligible Teams (Six-plus wins)

Washington (10-1)
Projected Bowl: 2016 Peach Bowl vs. Alabama (College Football Playoff, Dec. 31, Atlanta, Ga.)

Colorado (9-2)
Projected Bowl: 2016 Alamo Bowl vs. Oklahoma State (Dec. 29, San Antonio, Tx.)

USC (8-3)
Projected Bowl: 2017 Rose Bowl Game vs. Ohio State (New Year's Six Bowl. Jan. 2, 2017, Pasadena, Ca.)

Colorado is the current Pac-12 South leader. It needs to defeat Utah this coming Saturday to go to the Pac-12 Championship game. If Washington beats the Buffaloes there, it will open the way for USC to leap over it in the CFP poll, and grab the Rose Bowl spot.

That is unless Washington manages to lose to Washington St. on Friday, knocking it out of the College Football Playoff. If it beats the Pac-12 South winner in the conference title game, it will end up in the Rose Bowl.

Washington State (8-3)
Projected Bowl: 2016 Holiday Bowl vs. Minnesota (Dec. 27, San Diego, Ca.)

Stanford (8-3)
Projected Bowl: 2016 Sun Bowl vs. Pittsburgh (Dec. 30, El Paso, Tx.)

Utah (8-3)
Projected Bowl: 2016 Forster Farms Bowl vs, *Indiana (Dec. 28, Santa Clara, Ca.)

It's Now or Never (Five games, needs to win final game of the regular season to become bowl eligible)

Arizona State (5-6)
Week 13: @ Arizona, (Nov. 25)

Arizona is 2-7 in 2016, so if Arizona St. blows it here, expect a lot of blowback for the Sun Devils and head coach Todd Graham.

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