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Pac-12 bowl projections 10/18: USC in Fiesta Bowl and Washington in Cotton Bowl

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No Pac-12 team in Playoff, but two in New Year’s Bowls and 10 teams make bowls.

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Fiesta Bowl - USC vs. TCU - I think the Trojans win the Pac-12 but drop another game and it keeps them out of the Playoff (could be at Notre Dame). They will land in another New Year’s bowl - this time against a big time Big 12 opponent.

Cotton Bowl - Washington vs. Penn State - The Huskies had a tough loss at Arizona State, but their defense is historically good and should carry them to a New Year’s bowl again.

Alamo Bowl - Stanford vs. West Virginia - Stanford is hot right now, but early seasons losses will probably hold them out of a New Year’s bowl game.

Holiday Bowl - Utah vs. Iowa - The Utes are so close to being undefeated and in the South driver’s seat. They’ll finish just find and land in a nice bowl against a big time opponent.

Foster Farms Bowl - Washington State vs. Indiana - The sky is falling on the Cougars, but they’ll bounce back. College football is a week-by-week ride and they are just fine.

Sun Bowl - Oregon vs. Wake Forest - I think the Ducks have Justin Herbert in a cryogenic chamber in Nike headquarters right now so he’ll be back sooner than you think and save the Ducks enough to get to this bowl.

Las Vegas Bowl - UCLA vs. San Diego State - I still think the Bruins crawl to a bowl somehow. It will be close, but they do it and set up a Southern California showdown.

Cactus Bowl - Cal vs. Texas Tech - They Bears are going to shock as well and make a bowl and get a very nice match-up for Justin Wilcox’ first season.

Quick Lane Bowl - Arizona State vs. Purdue - The Sun Devils capitalize on their Washington win and sneak into a bowl.

New Mexico Bowl - Colorado vs. Wyoming - The Buffs rally and make an at-large.

Arizona Bowl - Arizona vs. Fresno State - Things are going to get tougher for the Wildcats, but they make a bowl.