Rose Bowl - Washington State vs. Ohio State - I think too many people are assuming the Cougars can get by the Huskies in the Apple Cup (yet again), but I’m playing it safe. The Cougars run the table and miss the CFP by only a slot or two, landing in Pasadena.
Alamo Bowl - Oregon vs. Texas - The Huskies seem like the logical choice, but if the Huskies lose the Apple Cup and Oregon wins out (not easy, good chance that happens), the Ducks are 9-3 (with a win over Washington) and the Huskies 8-4. The Ducks go to San Antonio.
Holiday Bowl - Washington vs. Iowa - The Huskies have a big swing in the Apple Cup and depending on how other teams finish. This would be a solid game for an 8-4 team, but a disappointment given preseason hopes.
Redbox Bowl - Cal vs. Michigan State - The Bears could easily win their last three games, I’ll just give them Stanford and Colorado here and a huge home bay bowl for Justin Wilcox and co.
Sun Bowl - Utah vs. Duke - The Utes are a fire sale with Tyler Huntley done for the season, but they only have two more Pac-12 games left and a home game against a floundering BYU team. They should land in a decent bowl.
Las Vegas Bowl - USC vs. Fresno State - Speaking of fire sales. USC has to go to a bowl game.
Cheez-It Bowl - Stanford vs. Baylor - An upset by Cal will knock the Cardinal way down the bowl chain, especially since they are known for not traveling well.
Independence Bowl - Arizona vs. Miami - The Wildcats make it to six wins and an at-large bowl as a dangerous team that closed the season very well.
Birmingham Bowl - Arizona State vs. Memphis - Another team that closes well, but doesn’t win the South. The Sun Devils have a tough schedule and will be a very good at-large team.
First Responder’s Bowl - Colorado vs. North Texas - The Buffs get that last win for bowl eligilibity because Laviska Shenault comes back.