|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)
Projected Bowl: 2017 Rose Bowl Game vs. Ohio State (Jan. 2, Pasadena, Ca.)
Projected Bowl: 2016 Alamo Bowl vs. Oklahoma State (Dec. 29, San Antonio, Tx.)
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.)
Projected Bowl: 2016 Foster Farms Bowl vs. *Indiana (Dec. 28, Santa Clara, Ca.)
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
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.
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.