Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Six Pac-12 teams bowl eligible, two teams running out of time to do so.

Bowl Eligibility Watch

USC vs. Washington, Nov. 12, 2017. Image via The Los Angeles Times. 

USC knocked Washington out of the ranks of the undefeated, and possibly out of contention for the College Football Playoff. SB*Nation's Jason Kirk calls the Trojans "the best team in the (Pac-12) conference. That may be why Kirk's updated 2016 season bowl projections has them going to the Rose Bowl instead of Washington or Colorado.

As for the rest of the Pac-12, the only team that bettered its bowl eligibility chances in Week 11 from where they were before was UCLA, which went to 4-6 after a win against Oregon State.

Here's the updated rundown of where Pac-12 teams stand when it comes to bowl eligibility. Bowl projections are via Jason Kirk.

An "*" indicates a projected bowl opponent that has not yet gained bowl eligibility.

Bowl Eligible Teams (Six-plus wins)

USC (7-3)
Projected Bowl: 2017 Rose Bowl Game vs. Ohio State (Jan. 2, Pasadena, Ca.)

Washington (8-2)
Projected Bowl: 2016 Alamo Bowl vs. Oklahoma State (Dec. 29, San Antonio, Tx.)

Colorado (8-2)
Projected Bowl: 2016 Sun Bowl vs. Pittsburgh (Dec. 30, El Paso, Tx.)

Washington State (8-2)
Projected Bowl: 2016 Holliday Bowl vs. Minnesota (Dec. 27, San Diego, Ca.)

Utah (8-2)
Projected Bowl: 2016 Foster Farms Bowl vs. *Indiana (Dec. 28, Santa Clara, Ca.)

Stanford (7-3)
Projected Bowl: 2016 Las Vegas Bowl vs San Diego State (Dec. 17, Las Vegas, Ca.)

On the Brink (Five wins, one more needed for bowl eligibility)

Arizona State (5-5)
Week 12: @Washigton (Nov. 19)
Week 13: @ Arizona (Nov. 25)

Winning over Washington would be a tough task for Arizona St. A win over struggling Arizona is more possible.

Running Out of Days 

Cal (4-6)
Week 12: vs. Stanford
Week 13: vs. UCLA

Cal has lost three straight games. Winning the next two games feels like a stretch for the Golden Bears.

UCLA (4-6)
Week 12: vs. USC
Week 13: @ Cal

A win over lackluster Oregon St. put UCLA back into bowl contention. A loss to USC is a strong possibility, thus knocking back out.


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