Rose Bowl - Washington vs. Michigan - I know everyone is already burying the Huskies, but I think the talent that Jacob Eason is going to the bring to them will do wonders for their offense and an underrated group of linemen and receivers and I think the talent they have on defense will allow them to be good enough on defense. Their schedule also lines up nicely with Oregon, USC, Utah, and Washington State coming to Seattle. It will be a tight battle to get back to Pasadena though.
Alamo Bowl - Utah vs. Oklahoma State - The offseason media hype has been all about Justin Herbert coming back for his senior season at Oregon, but Utah getting Bradlee Anae, Leki Fotu, Julian Blackmon and Zack Moss back for their senior seasons might have been better. The Utes should win the South for the second year-in-a-row and will be right on the edge of a NY6 bowl even if they lose the P12CG, but I think they just miss out.
Holiday Bowl - Oregon vs. Wisconsin - The Ducks have too tough of a schedule to get to a NY6 bowl in my opinion. They will still be good though and this will be continued improvement going from no bowl game to Las Vegas Bowl to Redbox Bowl to Holiday Bowl.
Redbox Bowl - Stanford vs. Iowa - The Cardinal are a team to watch out for a sneaky championship run. They get Oregon and Washington at home and avoid Utah. I don’t think they have enough firepower to get it done, but should end up with just a few conference losses and in their near home bowl.
Sun Bowl - USC vs. Duke - We are all hating on the Trojans, and Clay Helton right now, and for good reason, but there’s no reason they shouldn’t be able to get to 7-8 wins next year. That should be enough to land them in El Paso.
Las Vegas Bowl - UCLA vs. Boise State - The Bruins will continue to build under Chip Kelly and make their way into a bowl game. This could be the season before the Bruins truly breakout under their new coach.
Cheez-It Bowl - Arizona State vs. Kansas State - The Sun Devils have to rebuild on offense, but around Eno Benjamin, so it won’t be so bad and their defense will be led by young playmakers like Merlin Robertson. They’ll win enough to get to their home bowl in Herm Edwards’ second season.
At-Large Bowl - Cal - The Bears will get to at least six wins. I just can’t say exactly which at-large bowl they will get scooped up in this far out.
At-Large Bowl - Washington State - The Cougars will have to reload with a new quarterback, star offensive lineman and some defensive playmakers again, but they should definitely get back to a bowl game.