Jack Follman’s Week 8 Pac-12 Bowl Projections

Posted on October 19, 2021


  By Jack Follman, SportsPac12

Pac-12Another week and more chaos in the Pac-12, from Nick Rolovich’s firing to upsets and near-upsets.

Almost every game is going to be competitive it seems, unless Arizona is involved, so that makes for a very cloudy bowl picture in mid-October.

Here’s my best shot at how I think it shakes out in December…for now.

Rose BowlOregon vs. Michigan

2:00 p.m. PT, ESPN, January 1, 2022, Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA

The Ducks seem like the safest bet to win the Pac-12 right now, even though they’ve looked really scary in the wrong way going in and out of their bye week.

The Ducks have a comfortable schedule from here, and know how to win the conference, so I’m trusting them for now to get back to Pasadena.

Alamo BowlArizona State vs. Texas

6:15 p.m., PT, ESPN, December 29, 2021, Alamodome, San Antonio, TX

I think the Sun Devils lost the South to Utah on Saturday, but I think they still end up with the Pac-12’s second bowl slot, finishing with nine wins.

It will be a controversial—but successful—season for Herm Edwards and company if they can get to the Alamo.

Las Vegas BowlUtah vs. Wisconsin

7:30 p.m. PT, ESPN, December 30, 2021, Allegiant Stadium, Las Vegas, NV

The Utes get to the Pac-12 Championship Game again, and and once again, they lose to Oregon. Their consolation is an amplified Las Vegas bowl against a marque opponent they can beat.

Holiday BowlOregon State vs. Virginia Tech

5:00 p.m. PT, FOX, December 28, 2021, Petco Park, San Diego, CA

Jonathan Smith gets the Beavers back to a big time bowl game. This is a huge breakthrough for Oregon State after taking a while to get going under Smith.

Los Angeles BowlUCLA vs. Fresno State

4:30 p.m. PT, ABC, December 18th, 2021, SoFi Stadium, Los Angeles, CA

How about a rematch of this classic game in LA with basically an extra home game for the Bruins?

Sun BowlWashington State vs. Boston College

9:30 a.m. PT, CBS, December 31, 2021, Sun Bowl, El Paso, TX

Who would have thought a few weeks ago that the Cougars would get to a bowl game in 2021?

And not a bad one at that too.

Independence BowlStanford vs. UAB

12:30 p.m. PT, CBS, December 18, 2021, Independence Stadium, Shreveport, LA

The Cardinal are one of the most-mystifying teams in the nation, and I think they just get to six wins and a bowl game.

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