Bowl projections: Can the Pac-12 get a team into the College Football Playoff?

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Can anyone top the Pac-12 standings in the final four weeks of the season?

The conference is attended by three teams that have a chance to reach the college football playoffs. Oregon, USC and UCLA are 8-1 during the first 10 weeks of the season and are in the top 12 in the CFP rankings. If any of these three teams can win their last three regular season games and the Pac-12 title game, then a playoff spot is likely.

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This is much easier said than done.

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The 2022 season is the Pac-12’s best chance to make the playoffs for the first time since 2016. But conference strength at the top could also prove to be the playoffs’ biggest challenge. Just take a look at the schedules of the top three teams from the last three weeks of the season.

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No. 6 Oregon

  • vs. No. 25 Washington

  • vs. No. 13 Utah

  • @ Oregon

No. 8 USC

  • against. Colorado

  • @ No. 12 UCLA

  • vs. No. 20 Notre Dame

No. 12 UCLA

  • vs. Arizona

  • vs. No. 8 USC

  • @ Cal

Utah (7-2) also does not leave the list of conference titles. If the Utes beat Oregon and take care of business against Stanford and Colorado, they’ll be in a Pac-12 title game against one of the three teams mentioned above.

The best Pac-12 playoff scenario right now is for Oregon and either USC or UCLA to win, so the two teams go 11-1 in a title game. This would give the team a 12-1 lead at the end of the season and a legitimate playoff shot.

We’re going with Oregon to be that team in our latest edition of bowl predictions. Ducks have work to do; three of their last four games will be against ranked opponents, with Oregon State just outside the top 25. But we think Oregon is playing well enough for that to happen at the moment.

This is how we see the composition of the bowl on the eve of the 11th week. As always, things can change dramatically in the coming weeks. Especially in Pac-12 when Oregon plays Utah and UCLA plays USC Week 12.

Oregon quarterback Bo Nicks looks to get past California during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Berkeley, California on Saturday, October 29, 2022.  (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vasquez)
Oregon quarterback Bo Nicks looks to get past California during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Berkeley, California on Saturday, October 29, 2022. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vasquez)

New Year’s games “Six bowls”

Orange Bowl (December 30)

Clemson v. Pennsylvania

Sugar bowl (December 31)

TCU vs. Alabama

Peach Bowl (December 31) [CFP semifinal]

Georgia vs. Oregon

Fiesta Bowl (December 31) [CFP semifinal]

Ohio State vs. Tennessee

Cotton bowl (January 2)

North Carolina vs. Tulane

Rose Bowl (January 2)

Michigan vs. USC

Other bowl games

Bahamas Bowl (December 16)

UTEP vs ball condition

Cure Bowl (December 16)

Freedom vs. Appalachian State

Fenway Bowl (December 17)

Syracuse vs. Cincinnati

New Mexico Bowl (December 17)

Air Force vs. North Texas

L.A. Bowl (December 17)

Boise State v. Washington State

LendingTree Bowl (December 17)

Toledo vs. South Alabama

Las Vegas Bowl (December 17)

Utah vs. Ole Miss

Frisco Bowl (December 17)

Middle Tennessee State vs. SMU

Myrtle Beach Bowl (December 19)

UTSA vs Coastal Carolina

Potato Bowl (December 20)

San Diego State vs. Miami (Ohio)

Boca Raton Bowl (December 20)

Florida Atlantic vs. Houston

New Orleans Bowl (December 21)

Western Kentucky vs Southern Miss

Bowl of the Armed Forces (December 22)

East Carolina v. Texas Institute of Technology

Chalice of Gasparilla (December 23)

Wyoming vs. South Georgia

Chalice of Independence (December 23)

BYU against army

Hawaiian Bowl (December 24)

San Jose State vs. UAB

Quick Lane Bowl (December 26)

Wisconsin vs. Buffalo

First Responder Bowl (December 27)

Memphis vs. Kansas

Birmingham Bowl (December 27)

Missouri vs. Louisiana

Camellia Bowl (December 27)

Ohio vs. Troy

Guaranteed Rate Bowl (December 27)

Iowa vs. Oklahoma State

War Bowl (December 28)

Miami vs. UCF

Liberty Cup (December 28)

Oklahoma vs. South Carolina

Festive Bowl (December 28)

Wake Forest vs. Washington

Texas Bowl (December 28)

Texas vs. Arkansas

Pinstripe Bowl (December 29)

State of North Carolina vs. Minnesota

Cheez-It Bowl (December 29)

Notre Dame vs Kansas State

Alamo Bowl (December 29)

Baylor vs UCLA

Duke’s Bowl of Mayonnaise (December 30)

Louisville v. Maryland

Sun Bowl (December 30)

Oregon State vs. Pitt

Gator Bowl (December 30)

Duke v. State of Mississippi

Arizona Bowl (December 30)

UNLV v. Eastern Michigan

Music City Bowl (December 31)

Perdue vs. Florida

ReliaQuest Bowl (January 2)

State of Florida vs. Kentucky

Citrus Bowl (January 2)

Illinois vs. LSU


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