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Monday, December 5, 2011
Pac-12 is the underdog conference

By Ted Miller

The Pac-12 is going to be an underdog in six of the seven bowls it plays this season.

Oregon is the only favorite. The Ducks are given six points against Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl.

The biggest underdog is Arizona State against Boise State in the MAACO Las Vegas Bowl: 13.5 points. UCLA is the smallest, getting 2.5 from Illinois in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl.

Oklahoma State is favored by 3.5 over Stanford in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. Baylor is favored by 10 over Washington in the Valero Alamo Bowl. Texas is favored by 3.5 over California in the Bridgepoint Education Holiday. Georgia Tech is favored by three over Utah in the Hyundai Sun.

So, if things go by expectations, the Pac-12 should go a terrible 1-6 this bowl season.

Of course, thing don't often go to expectation. And with the bar set so low, the Pac-12 certainly doesn't have far to travel to claim success.

My take: Success is at least splitting the BCS bowl games and winning two of the others. So 3-4 overall won't be something to write a sonnet about, but it won't deserve nationwide ridicule.