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Sunday, November 8, 2009
Pac-10 bowl projections


Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller

Lots of football left, but that shouldn't stop folks from speculating how things might stack up come bowl season.

The first big question is whether the Pac-10 will get two BCS teams. Oregon's loss at Stanford damages that possibility but not irreparably, particularly if you believe Oregon is going to end up in the Rose Bowl anyway.

The guess this week is that USC, despite its recent issues, will still finish 10-2. Heard a reasonable explanation this weekend for why the Fiesta Bowl might not want the Trojans. I can think of a mountain reason why the Fiesta Bowl should take the Trojans, including this: It will create a compelling matchup with a non-AQ team.

The second big question is how many teams will be eligible?

Six teams already are. Only woeful Washington State is out for sure.

The most likely seventh? UCLA, which has to win at Washington State on Saturday and then either beat Arizona State at home or win at USC.

Here's a handy bowl schedule. And bowl projections.

Here are our Pac-10 projections:

Rose Bowl Game presented by Citi: Oregon vs. Big Ten
Tostitos Fiesta: USC vs. BCS at-large
Pacific Life Holiday: Arizona vs. Big 12
Brut Sun: Oregon State vs. Big 12/Big East/Notre Dame
Emerald: Stanford vs. ACC
MAACO Las Vegas: California vs. Mountain West
San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia: UCLA vs. Mountain West