Rose Bowl - Washington vs. Michigan - I’m sticking with the Huskies as my Pac-12 champion and I think they will have a shot at the CFP, finishing with one loss. This would be a huge accomplishment as it would be Washington’s fourth-straight NY6 bowl and second-straight Rose Bowl.
Cotton Bowl - Utah vs. LSU - The Utes don’t break through and win the Pac-12, but they make an NY6 bowl with just two overall losses on their record. It will be a tight race here between Utah and Oregon as I think both will finish with two losses overall and I think the Utes get the edge.
Alamo Bowl - Oregon vs. TCU - The Ducks may actually be rooting for Washington to make the CFP because it could push them up into an NY6 bowl. Beating Auburn in their opener could be huge for the Ducks because it could get them into a third NY6 slot for the Pac-12 if they have a good enough record, but don’t win the Pac-12.
Holiday Bowl - Stanford vs. Iowa - Part of me almost wants to pick Stanford to win the Pac-12 because of KJ Costello and their schedule. I don’t see them beating Oregon or Washington right now and their tough as nails non-conference schedule should beat them up, pushing them a few slots down the bowl hierarchy.
Redbox Bowl - Cal vs. Nebraska - The Bears crawl into their home area bowl on the strength of their defense. I think there’s a decent drop off after Stanford and watch for whoever wins the Cal/Washington State game to end up here.
Sun Bowl - Washington State vs. NCState - The Cougars will keep rolling under Mike Leach, heading to their fifth-straight bowl game and sixth in seven years. The Cougars may not break through and win the North, but go back and look at WSU’s bowl history and you’ll see they’ve never had this kind of consistency and achievement.
Las Vegas Bowl - Arizona State vs. Boise State - Arizona, ASU, UCLA, and USC will duke it out for a sixth win down in the South. I like ASU’s schedule the most and I think that gets the into a bowl slot and the conference isn’t able to fill the Cheez-It Bowl.