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Sunday, October 14, 2012
Pac-12 bowl projections: Week 8

By Kevin Gemmell

No movement with the top three this week -- and in some ways your Pac-12 bloggers are feeling even better about Oregon State. It showed it can absorb injuries and win -- on the road no less. All in all, a fantastic team win for the Beavers.

ASU and UCLA move up with the victories; Stanford drops with the loss.

We’re left with the same dilemma as we had last week with the last two spots. Utah’s chances took a huge hit with the loss at UCLA. Of its six remaining games, only one is against a ranked team (Oregon State), but going a minimum of 4-2 in the second half is going to be tough. Even last year, the Utes were still 3-3 at the turn before they went on their run.

Oct. 27 looks like a huge swing game for both the Utes and Cal -- their opponent. The Bears, winners of two straight, could get to .500 with a win in the Big Game next week. That would set up a very intriguing matchup with the Utes. And if they win that, they'll be at five wins with Washington, Oregon and Oregon State to close out the year.

The Huskies are through their seven-week meat grinder with a .500 record. Could have been worse. Oregon State is the only ranked team on the back end for the Huskies, so at least three wins are expected. But next week’s showdown with Arizona is interesting. The Wildcats, also 3-3, are coming off the bye. So Saturday’s meeting in Tucson is also a huge swing game for both teams.

BCS National Championship Game, Jan. 7: Oregon vs. BCS 1 or 2
Rose Bowl Game, Jan. 1: Oregon State vs. Big Ten
Valero Alamo, Dec. 29: USC vs. Big 12
Bridgepoint Education Holiday, Dec. 27: Arizona State vs. Big 12
Hyundai Sun, Dec. 31: UCLA vs. ACC
MAACO Bowl Las Vegas, Dec. 22: Stanford vs. MWC
Kraft Fight Hunger, Dec. 29: Washington vs. Navy
Gildan New Mexico, Dec. 15: Arizona vs. MWC