- Kevin Gemmell, ESPN Staff Writer
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If you've read the weekly bowl projections (and I know you're glued to them every Sunday because they are always so accurate and insightful and it is by far my favorite part of the job), you know that the Pac-12 already has seven teams eligible to play in the postseason.
Are we done with seven? Or are there going to be any more to punch their ticket?
The teams in the Pac-12 North are already decided (though the particular destinations remain in question). Oregon (10-0), Stanford (8-2), Oregon State (7-2) and Washington (6-4) are already in. California and Washington State have been eliminated from postseason contention.
In the South, UCLA (8-2), USC (7-3) and Arizona (6-4) have locked up bowl eligibility, with Arizona State and Utah still in the hunt.
So, your poll question for Tuesday, how many Pac-12 teams will be bowl eligible? Your options:
Seven: We're done, no more teams will qualify for the postseason.
Eight: It could be either Arizona State or Utah. The Sun Devils host a Washington State team that is in disarray and still looking for its first conference victory. But it showed some spark last week in the second half against UCLA. This is probably a win for the Sun Devils -- but a history of second-half collapses leave the fan base holding a collective breath until win No. 6 is in the books. They'd much rather lock it up this week than have to do it against rival Arizona. For the Utes, it's win out or go home over the next two weeks. They host the Wildcats this week -- which is huge since they are yet to win on the road -- before traveling to Colorado in the season finale.
Nine: Both Arizona State and Utah get it done and all is right with the world (unless your world is Boulder, Colo., Pullman, Wash., or Berkeley, Calif.).
1dKevin Gemmell and Erik McKinney