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Will Pac-12 put a team in the CFP and land two more in the Orange, Cotton, Peach & Fiesta mix?...
Since the Selection Committee will place the teams in the Top six bowls this year, there is an outside chance that Oregon, Arizona and UCLA will be included in the mix! Here's how: The teams that play this weekend are in Bold in the rankings below. IF all the higher ranked teams win this weekend, I could see the pool being made up of the following teams. Alabama, Oregon, Florida State, TCU, Ohio St, Baylor, Mich St, Miss St, Ole Miss, Arizona, Boise St and UCLA. With the Pac-12 South placing five teams in the Committee's Top 25, and the fact that they will try to avoid rematches from the regular season, UCLA has a decent chance to jump up from #15.
If things do fall that way...here's how I would see the rest of the Pac-12 Bowls filling out.
Alamo Kansas State vs Arizona State
Holiday USC vs Wisconsin
Foster Farms Stanford vs Minnesota
Sun Utah vs Clemson
COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF RANKINGS
1 Alabama 11-1
2 Oregon 11-1
3 TCU 10-1
4 Florida State 12-0
5 Ohio State 11-1
6 Baylor 10-1
7 Arizona 10-2
8 Michigan State 10-2
9 Kansas State 9-2
10 Mississippi State 10-2
11 Georgia Tech 10-2
12 Ole Miss 9-3
13 Wisconsin 10-2
14 Georgia 9-3
15 UCLA 9-3
16 Missouri 10-2
17 Arizona State 9-3
18 Clemson 9-3
19 Auburn 8-4
20 Oklahoma 8-3
21 Louisville 9-3
22 Boise State 10-2
23 Utah 8-4
24 LSU 8-4
25 USC 8-4
Tempe Normal (1-4)
Tempe State Teachers College (0-3)
Arizona State Teachers College (1-10)
Arizona State College (7-6)
So, Arizona State has held the edge since World War II and the inception of Arizona State College!
The 2014 Territorial Cup game features two top 15 teams going at it not only for bragging rights, but a possible Pac-12 South Championship! The (9-2) Sun Devils come into the game off a 52-31 win over pass happy Washington State. Arizona (9-2) has played their best football on the road this season. They blasted Utah last week in SLC 42-10 and also took out #2 Oregon in Eugene! At home they have played nail biters against Cal, USC and Washington.
Taylor Kelly seemed to return his old form in the closing minutes of the first half against Wazzu. ASU will also have Jaelen Strong back after a concussion sidelined him last week. On the defensive side of the ball, guys like Hardison, Fiso, Moeakiola, Longino and Randall will have to continue their strong play and get the new guys ready for Territorial Cup play against a formidable UofA offense.
Arizona's young QB Anu Solomon remains a question mark, but the Wildcats still have plenty of weapons on offense especially at WR .
This game has Pac-12 South and Championship Game implications if Stanford manages to take out UCLA at the Rose Bowl .
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