As you are probably aware by now, Navy accepted their invitation to the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl in San Francisco after notching their 6th win last weekend. The Kraft Bowl has a tie-in with the PAC-12 for the opponent and sits at 6th in the pecking order behind the Rose Bowl, Alamo Bowl, Holiday Bowl, Sun Bowl, and Las Vegas Bowl (in that order). There are plenty of bowl projections out there, but right now the middle of the PAC-12 is a crap shoot. I figure there are 4 teams that we could possibly see – Washington, Arizona State, Arizona, and Utah. I think that Oregon (9-0, 6-0), Oregon State (7-1, 5-1), Stanford (7-2, 5-1), and UCLA (7-2, 4-2) are pretty solid locks for bowls above the Kraft Bowl. We’ll keep our eye on UCLA – they finish @ Washington St, vs. Stanford, vs. USC – so it’s possible they drop a couple to end the season and perhaps come into play.
But for now, click through for the schools we want to keep our eye on, their schedules for the rest of the year, and a quick note on each. One thing that surprised me while writing this – how much Sagarin likes the Arizona schools.
Washington (5-4, 3-3), Sagarin #46
Nov 10: vs. Utah
Nov 17: @ Colorado
Nov 23: @ Washington State
Probably the weakest remaining schedule of the four teams with remaining opponents that are a combined 8-20 on the year. Colorado pretty much guarantees a 6th win, but Utah will be fighting for bowl eligibility and the Apple Cup can always add some rivalry craziness at the end of the season.
Arizona State (5-4, 3-3), Sagarin #18
Nov 10: @ #19 USC
Nov 17: vs. Washington State
Nov 23: @ Arizona
Another team with 2 road trips in their final 3 games. Though ASU currently has one more conference win than Arizona, their season-ending rivalry game could be tantamount play-in game to a better bowl position. One thing to note here: Arizona State went to the Las Vegas Bowl last year (where they lost to Boise State 56-24), so it’s possible they finish at the top of these 4 teams, but get passed over by the Las Vegas Bowl to avoid a repeat visit.
Arizona (5-4, 2-4), Sagarin #28
Nov 10: vs. Colorado
Nov 17: @ Utah
Nov 23: vs. Arizona State
Arizona should be the first of the teams to lock up bowl eligibility as they host a terrible Colorado team this weekend. But man, UCLA ripped them last weekend 66-10, so who knows how they’ll respond over the home stretch.
Utah (4-5, 2-4) Sagarin #31
Nov 10: @ Washington
Nov 17: vs. Arizona
Nov 23: @ Colorado
The long shot candidate of the bunch, the Utes need two wins in their final three games to become bowl eligible. Utah doesn’t have a bad loss on their record, so games against Washington and Arizona could be winnable. In fact, Vegas consensus has Utah as a 1-point favorite at Washington this weekend.
So there you have it. If I had to guess, I’d go with Arizona State.
Who do you want to see?