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Pac 12 will have no problem filling bowl spots

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The Pac 12 has struggled to fill all of their bowl spots in past seasons, but will not be the case this upcoming bowl season. As The Seattle Times notes, the Pac 12 already has eight teams eligible for postseason play to satisfy seven conference bowl affiliations, and that number could rise to as many as ten teams.

Oregon, Stanford, Oregon State and Washington are all eligible for postseason play out of the Pac 12 North. Washington State is one win away with two games to play to join them. In the Pac 12 South Arizona State, UCLA, USC and Arizona are all eligible and Utah needs to win their final two games to get there. California and Colorado have already been ruled ineligible.

Colorado had a chance to become bowl eligible wash away, figuratively speaking. An earlier game this season against Fresno State had to be postponed as floods ravaged through Colorado. It remains to be seen if that game will hurt Fresno State’s BCS plans or not, but it did cost Colorado a chance to play in a bowl game. Because Colorado had to reschedule with a different opponent, the Buffs scrambled to schedule a game against FCS Charleston Southern. This was the second FCS opponent on Colorado’s 2013 schedule, which means they needed to get to seven wins instead of the standard six wins according to NCAA postseason eligibility rules.

The Pac 12 champion heads to the Rose Bowl, of course. Other bowls in the Pac 12 line-up include the Sun Bowl, Holiday Bowl, Alamo Bowl, Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl, Maaco Las Vegas Bowl and New Mexico Bowl. As it stands right now, the Pac 12 will have no problem filling all of those spots even if everything falls in to placeĀ (Alabama, Florida State, Baylor and/or Ohio State lose) and Oregon happens to make a BCS Championship Game appearance.

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6 Responses to “Pac 12 will have no problem filling bowl spots”
  1. dannygjay says: Nov 20, 2013 7:41 PM

    two wins against FCS opponents to gets to 7, would be easier than a win over Fresno to get to six, for Colorado, just sayin

  2. citizenkiryu says: Nov 20, 2013 8:54 PM

    Colorado received a waiver from the NCAA to be bowl eligible with only six wins, even though two could’ve come from FCS teams.

    http://www.cubuffs.com/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=209272713

    The power of Google….

    This is all for naught, however, as my Buffs are still just simply not good enough. A bowl game would be a minor miracle.

  3. ksbuff says: Nov 20, 2013 9:10 PM

    @citizenkiryu
    You beat me to the punch. As a major theme of the post you would have thought there would have been a little more research performed.

    Perhaps Kevin is just playing the odds that CU will lose one of its remaining games and is just getting a jump start…

  4. johngaltwho says: Nov 20, 2013 10:26 PM

    Unconscionable that Arizona State is ranked two spots over Wisconsin. In the absence of blatant cheating by PAC12 officials, Wisconsin is 9-1 with a one score loss to an undefeated team ranked #3 in the country and Arizona State is 7-3. There should be some semblance of integrity and insight in the rankings.

  5. sunsbolts7 says: Nov 21, 2013 12:06 AM

    @johngaltwho

    1) Maybe if Wisonsins QB didn’t attempt the most awkward kneeldown attempt and then spent plenty of seconds, himself, killing time arguing with another official, there wouldn’t have been that debacle.

    2) ASU has wins against USC, Washington, Oregon State, and a Utah team plays exceptionally well at home (just ask Stanford). Those wins far outweigh a close loss to an Ohio State team that has had a fairly cupcake schedule this year. The Big Ten is a joke this year.

    3) Arizona State isn’t 7-3. Try 8-2.

  6. reallythinkhere says: Nov 21, 2013 12:06 AM

    Ya… that whole thing about 2 FCS foes is a waste of typing. Colorado got a waiver before they scheduled the 2nd (make-up) FCS team.

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