Rose Bowl - Washington vs. Penn State - Win or lose against Oregon Saturday, I still think Washington is the safe bet to win the conference. I also think they might end up here even if they completely win out, shut out by other one-loss powers.
Alamo Bowl - Oregon vs. West Virginia - The Ducks could easily win the conference, but their loss to Stanford gives them little room for error, even if they beat Washington this weekend. Getting to San Antonio would be a great step forward for them though in Mario Cristobal’s first year.
Holiday Bowl - USC vs. Iowa - The Trojans are still going to win the South. They’ll have a lot of losses by the end of the season, but they’ll still end up in a pretty good bowl.
San Francisco Bowl - Utah vs. Michigan State - The Utes pushed themselves back up the conference standings with their win at Stanford. Things get a lot easier from here and they should get close to winning the South.
Sun Bowl - Stanford vs. Virginia Tech - The Cardinal are doing their usual early-mid-season rope a dope where they look like they’re falling off a cliff and should rebound in late-October. It won’t be enough to get them back to an elite bowl though.
Las Vegas Bowl - Colorado vs. San Diego State - The Buffs will slide back down as their schedule gets tougher, but this will be a nice landing spot for them as they get back to a bowl.
Cactus Bowl - Washington State vs. Texas Tech - Just getting back to a bowl is the floor for the Cougs this year. How about a rematch with Mike Leach’s old team in Phoenix?
Quick Lane Bowl - Cal vs Northwestern - The Bears will take the next step and get back to a bowl game, but as an at-large.
Heart of Dallas Bowl - Arizona State vs. North Texas - Herm Edwards semi silences doubters by getting the Sun Devils to a bowl game.