When I settled down on the couch yesterday for a nice, post-lunch start, I was expecting a WSU win. So, needless to say, I got what I expected to a degree.
I just didn’t think they’d win by 62. Which is a lot, by the way.
The Cougs now sit at 7-2 and their conference record on its own is bowl eligible, 6-0. Plenty can change in the last few weeks of the season, especially for the Cougs since they’re playing two of the teams ahead of them in the CFP rankings. We’re getting a clearer picture though of where the Cougs will end up for their bowl game and one location is becoming increasingly likely.
First though, as always, we review the Pac-12’s bowl tie-ins and the dates for them (times are Pacific).
- Rose Bowl vs. Big Ten (Pasadena, CA) Monday, Jan. 2, 2017, 2:00 p.m.
- Alamo Bowl vs. Big 12 (San Antonio, TX) Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016, 6:00 p.m.
- Holiday Bowl vs. Big Ten (San Diego, CA) Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2016, 4:00 p.m.
- Foster Farms Bowl vs. Big Ten (Santa Clara, CA) Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016, 5:30 p.m.
- Sun Bowl vs. ACC (El Paso, TX) Friday, Dec. 30, 2016, 11:00 a.m.
- Las Vegas Bowl vs. MWC (Las Vegas, NV) Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016, 12:30 p.m.
- Cactus Bowl vs. Big 12 (Phoenix, AZ) Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2016, 7:15 p.m.
Note: Should the Washington Huskies make it into the College Football Playoff, the Rose Bowl is not obligated to take the Pac-12 South champion if someone in the North, say the Cougs, are better ranking wise.
SB Nation: Alamo Bowl
Another week, another projection for San Antonio and finally getting to see Mike Gundy’s mullet in person. I’d fly all the way to Texas just for that. I hear they cook pork quite well, too.
College Football News: Alamo Bowl
College Football News and SB Nation agree on quite literally everything when it comes to the Cougs’ postseason appearance.
CBS: Foster Farms Bowl
Jerry Palm has been very, very consistent with this projection, slotting the Cougs to play the Indiana Hoosiers in Santa Clara a few days after Christmas.
Bleacher Report: Rose Bowl
It’s pretty simple for WSU: win out and you’re in Pasadena. Lose to Washington in the Apple Cup though (assuming UW has also continued winning) ... and you gotta root for them to win the conference championship and for the Cougs to be ranked ahead of whomever they beat if you want to end up in Pasadena.
Please win out, Cougs. I don’t have a hot water heater big enough for the inevitable hours long shower I’ll need to take if I have to do that.
We’ll add more projections to this post as they become available.