- Kevin Gemmell, ESPN Staff Writer
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Saturday created another series of ripples and developments in the bowl projections, starting with Oregon State’s ascension. These are obviously works of fiction -- especially in September -- but the temptation is there to put the Beavers in the Alamo Bowl. Obviously, if they can beat Stanford, it’s a whole new ballgame, but if they fall to the Cardinal and Ducks, the question becomes: Would the Alamo take a two-loss OSU team versus -- let’s say -- a three-loss USC team (which by the way, would be the easiest way for the Ducks to get to the national championship game)? For now, we’re sticking USC in the first of the non-BCS bowls. But the soon-to-be-ranked Beavers are trending up at a fantastic pace.
Interesting call at the bottom of the projections as well. Utah showed last night that its problems aren't just on offense as the Sun Devils ripped the defense apart. So Washington gets the nod -- for now. The Huskies have five consecutive games against either a ranked team or a team that was ranked before closing out the year with the four teams occupying the bottom of the Pac-12 power rankings. We think there are six wins out there for Washington. We’re not so sure about Utah.
BCS National Championship Game, Jan. 7: Oregon vs. BCS 1 or 2
Rose Bowl Game, Jan. 1: Stanford vs. Big Ten
Valero Alamo, Dec. 29: USC vs. Big 12
Bridgepoint Education Holiday, Dec. 27: Oregon State vs. Big 12
Hyundai Sun, Dec. 31: UCLA vs. ACC
MAACO Bowl Las Vegas, Dec. 22: Arizona State vs. MWC
Kraft Fight Hunger, Dec. 29: Arizona vs. Navy
Gildan New Mexico, Dec. 15: Washington vs. MWC