Pac-12 Week 5 bowl projections: Utah to the College Football Playoff


Life is good in Salt Lake City. The Utah Utes sat at home this weekend, watched four teams ranked ahead of them lose and now await the arrival of ESPN's College GameDay for Saturday's game against Cal, the Pac-12's only other unbeaten team.

So long as the Pac-12 has an undefeated team, we'll continue to project it as one of the four teams in the College Football Playoff. It was a close call between the Utes and UCLA last week, but with the Bruins' loss to Arizona State, this week's call was easy. With the Utes headed to the playoff, Cal, by default, is on course for Pasadena, where its last Rose Bowl appearance came in 1959.

College Football Playoff semifinal: Utah

Rose Bowl presented by Northwestern Mutual: Cal

Valero Alamo Bowl: Stanford

National University Holiday Bowl: USC

Foster Farms Bowl: Arizona State

Hyundai Sun Bowl: UCLA

Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl: Oregon

Cactus Bowl: Arizona