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WSU bowl projections: It’s Hotlanta or Hotzona

There’s a possibility the Cougs fall out of a New Years Six bowl but enough things should break right for them to play in the Peach or Fiesta Bowl.

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Was there a football game that occurred on Friday? I, for one, was watching Curling Night in America and also conveniently blacked out for several hours and have no memory of what happened.

Somehow though, the number in the Washington State Cougars’ loss column went up by one, ending their regular season at 10-2. That’s not too shabby for a year they were projected to finish fifth in their own division and most thought it would be a heavy task to get bowl eligible, let alone blow past that goal just seven games into the season. It’s also just the fifth time in school history the Cougs have won ten games and, with a win in the bowl game, they’d set a school record. That’s pretty neato!

As Jeff explained on Saturday, we’ve got a very, very good idea of where the Cougs will end up in the postseason: they’re eligible to dip all the way to the Redbox Bowl but the likelihood that the Alamo Bowl will pass them up if they get there is about as close to nil as it gets.

So, with one more Saturday of conference championships and a few games moved due to postponements left, where does Washington State stand in the bowl projections? Lets take a look. First, a reminder of the Pac-12 bowl tie-ins (but no lower than the theoretical bottom of where WSU could end up):

  1. Rose Bowl: Jan. 1st, 2:00 p.m. on ESPN vs. Big Ten
  2. Alamo Bowl: Dec. 28th, 6:00 p.m. on ESPN vs. Big 12
  3. Holiday Bowl: Dec. 31st, 4:00 p.m. on FS1 vs. Big Ten
  4. Redbox Bowl: Dec. 31st, Noon on FOX vs. Big Ten

(By the way, another good reminder that, with the Sun Bowl also scheduled for Dec. 31st, THREE OF THE PAC-12s TEAMS IN BOWL GAMES WILL PLAY WITHIN FIVE HOURS OF EACH OTHER, HOW THE HELL DO YOU LET THAT HAPPEN LARRY?)

SB Nation: Fiesta Bowl vs. LSU

Yes, hello, it is me, the guy who would enjoy spending his birthday golfing in Phoenix. Spending an entire weekend in the desert with a group of LSU Tigers fans who I have been dying to meet would also be a treat.

ESPN: Fiesta Bowl vs. Michigan or Alamo Bowl vs. West Virginia

In the former case, my family of Michigan Wolverines fans and I would be feuding for an entire month with 1998 ROSE BOWL REVENGE ON THE LINE (not really). In the other, it’s the Appalachian version of the Cougs and the Alamodome will likely have to replace their scoreboard after that one is over. I’m very fine with any opportunity to meet our brethren from other parts of the country.

CBS: Peach Bowl vs. LSU

The flight is longer but I’ve had a hankering for some collared greens lately so no objection here. There also isn’t a Bojangles in sight in this part of the country and that is a crime that needs remedying.

College Football News: Fiesta Bowl vs. Penn State

It would be the second trip in as many years to the desert for the Penn State Nittany Lions, who can now be confident they’ll hold on to their head coach after Lynn Swann inexplicably decided to retain Clay Helton.

247 Sports: Peach Bowl vs. LSU

Make that three projections with the Cougs facing the Tigers in the postseason, second in Hotlanta. My only ask is for it to not going to a touchdown’s worth of overtimes.

Sports Illustrated: Fiesta Bowl vs. Central Florida

You want points? We got points! We’re so overstocked on points we are practically GIVING them away. We’ve got rushing touchdowns, passing touchdowns, touchdowns on reverse pitches, fumble recoveries returned for touchdowns, punter runs for touchdowns. THIS SALE ON TOUCHDOWNS ONLY LASTS THROUGH NEW YEARS, STOP BY THE FIESTA BOWL TODAY.