Pac-12 play is done for the 2016 season, meaning we now have a pretty good idea at where each eligible team will go for the postseason. Below, we attempt to project each of those destinations.
Peach Bowl - Washington (vs Alabama)
It’s possible that Washington moves up to the three seed after its dominating win against Colorado in the Pac-12 Championship Game, but Clemson looked just as impressive in its title game against Virginia Tech. If the Huskies do indeed stay at No. 4, a showdown with Alabama awaits them in the Peach Bowl.
Rose Bowl - USC (vs Wisconsin)
This is a tricky one. The selection committee has traditionally gone easy on conference championship game losers, and that favors a Colorado bid to the Rose Bowl.
But the Buffaloes finished the season with a blowout loss - their third defeat of the season. USC also has three losses, and since the Trojans beat Mike MacIntyre’s team earlier in the year, I think they get the Rose Bowl berth.
Alamo Bowl - Colorado (vs Oklahoma State)
If Colorado does indeed fall here, the Alamo will be ecstatic to take them. An old Big Eight conference foe should await them in San Antonio.
Holiday Bowl - Washington State (vs Iowa)
The Holiday could take a top-20 Stanford team here, but I think it’s more likely they take Washington State and its large fanbase that always travels well. The Cougars have not played in the game since 2003, so this is a great fit for both sides.
Foster Farms Bowl - Utah (vs Indiana)
This could be where Stanford lands, but I think the Foster Farms chooses Utah instead of a team that would be playing its second consecutive game inside of Levi’s Stadium. That doesn’t exactly scream high ticket sales.
Sun Bowl - Stanford (vs Pittsburgh)
Congratulations, Stanford. It’s El Paso for Christmas.
Arizona State’s Season Is Over (Officially)
Things didn’t break the way of the Arizona State Sun Devils on Saturday, as both South Alabama and Louisiana-Lafayette picked up wins to obtain bowl eligibility. That means only two 5-7 teams will be extended invitations to postseason games, invitations that will be accepted by North Texas and Mississippi State.