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2016 Pac-12 Preseason Bowl Projections


Where are all the Pac-12 teams going this post-season? What bowls are their destiny? Here are the College Football News preseason predictions and bowl projections looking at where the Pac-12 teams will go.


2016 Preseason Big 12 Bowl Projections

The Pac-12 bowl ties are solid, but are there enough of them? The league needs to get a team into the College Football Playoff to help the cause in case there are more than seven teams bowl eligible, and this season, it could be a close call.

And that’s the problem. If the Pac-12 doesn’t get two teams into New Year’s Six games or the CFP, there won’t be enough bowl slots. That means Arizona will probably win seven games and not have a home.

The league might try to lobby and figure something out – the Poinsettia Bowl would likely love to break the conditional tie-in with the MAC if BYU isn’t eligible – but someone has to be left out.

Obviously, the Pac-12 is sending a team to the Rose Bowl, even if a team goes off to the CFP. There isn’t too much ambiguity with the rest of the pecking order, but there’s still a question mark when it comes to geography and matchups that work best.

So with all that in mind, the 2016 preseason Pac-12 bowl projections are …

Not Projected Bowl Eligible: California, Colorado, Oregon State, Washington State. Arizona is predicted to be eligible, but without a bowl home.

1. Rose Bowl vs. Big Ten

Oregon vs. Michigan State

2. Valero Alamo Bowl vs. Big 12

USC vs. TCU

3. National University Holiday Bowl vs. Big Ten

UCLA vs. Iowa

4. Foster Farms Bowl vs. Big Ten

Washington vs. Minnesota

5. Hyundai Sun Bowl vs. ACC

Arizona State vs. Clemson

6. Las Vegas Bowl vs. Mountain West

Stanford vs. San Diego State

7. Motel 6 Cactus Bowl vs. Big 12

Utah vs. West Virginia