After defeating the Arizona Wildcats 41-34 last night, ASU cleared up the bowl picture for the conference. Lets break it down.
Pac-12 teams that are bowl eligible: Eight teams: Oregon, Oregon State, Stanford, Washington, USC, UCLA, Arizona, ASU
Pac-12 bowl tie-ins: Seven bowls: Rose, Alamo, Holiday, Sun, MAACO Bowl Las Vegas, Kraft Fight Hunger, New Mexico
Since Stanford vs. UCLA and Oregon vs. Oregon State have not played yet this week, this bowl projection is still largely conjecture - but we anticipate Stanford winning today, since UCLA will be playing in the Pac-12 title game regardless of the result against the Cardinal.
- Stanford wins the Pac-12 conference championship game and is given the Rose Bowl bid.
- The Fiesta Bowl selects the Oregon Ducks.
- The Alamo Bowl selects the UCLA Bruins vs. Big 12.
- The Holiday Bowl selects the Oregon State Beavers vs. Big 12.
- The Sun Bowl selects the USC Trojans vs. ACC.
- The Maaco Bowl selects the Washington Huskies vs. Boise State Broncos.
- The Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl selects the Arizona State Sun Devils vs. Navy.
- The New Mexico Bowl selects the Arizona Wildcats vs. Mountain West.
Arizona State was eligible to be selected by the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas, but with Boise State headed to Vegas, it is natural to assume that the bowl would want to avoid a rematch of last year's 56-24 destruction of the Sun Devils.
With Washington selected, the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl is contractually obligated to take the Devils, who will play the Navy Midshipmen on December 29th at 1:00 PM Pacific time. Navy will be an interesting test for ASU.
UPDATE, 4:57 PM Arizona time: With Oregon's win against Oregon State, they have solidified their BCS bowl berth. Stanford and UCLA still in progress, but as we mentioned, UCLA has nothing to gain by winning today.