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Pacific Takes Pac-12 bowl projections 10/31: Utah to Rose Bowl and Washington State to Fiesta Bowl

Two Pac-12 teams sneak into NY6 bowls.

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Rose Bowl - Utah vs. Ohio State - I think the Utes win out from here, getting revenge on Washington State in the Pac-12 Championship Game setting up a game against Urban Meyer in what could be an amazing final game matchup for the former Utah coach.

Fiesta Bowl - Washington State vs. UCF - I’m scared to pick the Cougars to win the Apple Cup after so many years of let down, but I think Gardner Minshew’s mobility, home field, and the regression of Washington leads to the Cougars taking the North. I think they lose a close one in the P12CG, but end up with two losses and the last NY6 bid.

Alamo Bowl - Washington vs. Iowa State - The Huskies stumble their way into the a non NY6 bowl, but get the chance to get healthy and finally get a win on a semi-national stage.

Holiday Bowl - Stanford vs. Michigan State - The Cardinal are hard to peg. I could easily see them losing the rest of their games sans the one against Oregon State, but I could also see them winning out. Let’s go with them losing to Washington, but winning the rest and landing in San Diego.

Redbox Bowl - Oregon vs. Northwestern - The Ducks are hard to peg as well. Injuries to Justin Herbert and Dillon Mitchell make me wonder if they can win more than another game or two. I’ll play it safe though and say they just drop to Utah and win the rest.

Sun Bowl - USC vs. Miami - The Trojans are falling apart, but I think they will have to be able to win the winnable games left on their schedule. Not sure how thrilled they would be to go to El Paso.

Las Vegas Bowl - Arizona vs. Fresno State - I think the winner of the Territorial Cup goes to a bowl, loser is out. I’ll give Arizona the edge being at home.

Cheez-It Bowl - Cal vs. Baylor - The Bears probably gave themselves a bowl by upsetting Washington. A solid step in the right direction for their program.