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Pac-12 Bowl Projections: Washington And ASU Tussle For Alamo, Holiday

So let's say both the Stanford Cardinal and the Oregon Ducks make it to the BCS dance, which is probably a 50-50 proposition at this point).

The next two teams in line are definitely the Washington Huskies and Arizona St. Sun Devils in whatever order you choose. Both currently stand at 4-2 and 6-3 in the conference. 

ASU will play Washington State, Arizona and Cal in their next three matchups and should be favorites in all of them and are the likelier team to win out. Washington does have to play USC this weekend, then finishes with a rather simple platter of Oregon State and Washington State.

If both teams win out and/or finish with the same conference record over anyone else, expect the Alamo Bowl to pick the Sun Devils (closer to San Antonio) and the Holiday Bowl to take UW for a second straight year.

Right behind UW and ASU are the plucky UCLA Bruins, who at 4-2 and 5-4 in the conference control their own fate. But UCLA has intimidating road dates against Utah and USC. They're likely to slide to a 6-6 or 7-5 season and fall to the fifth spot, which would give the Bruins a trip to Vegas or El Paso depending on how much bowlmakers appreciate UCLA turnout for these games (my guess is they don't appreciate it that much). 

The Utah Utes are poised to thrive off of UCLA's misfortune. If Utah can beat the Bruins and earn bowl eligibility, all they have left on their schedule are bottom dwellers Washington State and Colorado. They could easily rise past UCLA and take the fourth bid to the Sun Bowl. Seems like Utah will end up fairly pleased with sudden realignment after all.

If Cal can beat Oregon State, they should also join the ranks of the bowl eligible--with two games against the upper echelon remaining, the Golden Bears would take the last remaining bid, this one to the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl for one last home game at AT&T Park.

Washington State still technically has a chance to become bowl eligible. They shall etch this mark on Paul Wulff's WSU coaching epitaph.

Finally, if only one of Oregon and Stanford make it to the BCS dance? Slide everyone down a notch and you get something like ...

Oregon/Stanford loser: Alamo
Arizona State: Holiday
Washington: Sun
Utah: Las Vegas
Cal: Kraft Fight Hunger (San Francisco would take the hometown team on New Year's Eve)
UCLA: New Mexico