Fiesta Bowl - USC vs. TCU - I’m back on the USC bandwagon. I don’t think they drop one the rest of the way and get to the edge of the Playoffs, but are never a real candidate. They get a chance to show their stuff in one of the top non-Playoff bowls for the second year in a row.
Peach Bowl - Stanford vs. Georgia - Stanford has the chance to make major noise down the stretch with the Washington schools and Notre Dame left on the schedule. I think they win the North and beat Notre Dame, but fall in the championship game in a rematch against USC and land in a great bowl.
Alamo Bowl - Washington vs. Iowa State - The Huskies’ season really will come down to if they can win at Stanford right now. Even if they lose, they likely will not fall further than the second-best bowl they have made in the past 15 years.
Holiday Bowl - Arizona vs. Michigan - Khalil Tate is so unstoppable that the Wildcats might win the entire Pac-12. I won’t go that far, but they are going to have a huge rebound from 2016 and blow away preseason expectations.
Foster Farms Bowl - Washington State vs. Iowa - The Cougars are stumbling in the tough part of their schedule, but they have already stored a lot of wins and should get enough to get out of the 6-7-win pack.
Sun Bowl - Arizona State vs. Wake Forest - The Sun Devils hit a wall against USC, but that wall is the most-talented team in the Pac-12. They should still get to a decent bowl.
Las Vegas Bowl - Oregon vs. Boise State - The Ducks make it to bowl eligibility and are the top six-win team to be selected.
Cactus Bowl - Colorado vs. Kansas State - The Buffs put them in a great spot to make a bowl by beating Cal last week.
Birmingham Bowl - Memphis vs. Cal - The Bears are getting to a bowl, even if it is an at-large bowl.
Frisco Bowl - Houston vs. Utah - The Utes will crawl to getting to a bowl, maybe even without winning six games.
Boca Raton Bowl - Florida International vs. UCLA - I’m wary of picking UCLA for a bowl, even if they get to six wins, because I think they fire Mora, but I’ll keep them in for now.