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The Pac-12 will be in a variety of matchups with varying styles and hope to prove that their conference is one of the best in the country.
The Pac-12 will have eight teams in bowl games. Here is a breakdown of all of them and when they'll be played.
Stanford Cardinal vs. Wisconsin Badgers, Rose Bowl, Jan. 1: Stanford stood behind their impenetrable defense and rode it all the way to the top of the Pac-12. That defense held the Oregon Ducks to 14 points when no other team could hold them to less than 40. But the Badgers always come to play and stole the Big 10 title from the Nebraska Cornhuskers. Old school, smash mouth football will be on display in this one.
Oregon Ducks vs. Kansas St. Wildcats, Fiesta Bowl, Jan. 3: Aside from the national championship game, this might be the most anticipated of all the bowl games. Both teams lost out on their shots at the national title when they lost on the same day while ranked No. 1 (Kansas St.) and No. 2 (Oregon) in the country. Now, they bring their explosive offenses to Glendale in what could be an epic battle. The Ducks are in their fourth straight BCS Bowl while the Wildcats are in their first since 2004.
UCLA Bruins vs. Baylor Bears, Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl, Dec. 27: Baylor (7-5) gives up almost as much as it puts up. UCLA's defense is decidedly better than Baylor's. If the Bruins (9-4) can keep the scoring in the high 20s to low 30s, they should be in good shape.
Arizona Wildcats vs. Nevada Wolf Pack, Gildan New Mexico Bowl, Dec.15: Both teams come in at 7-5. Both average 37+ points per game. Both give up 32+ points per game. What does this mean? Expect a shootout.
Washington Huskies vs. Boise St. Broncos, MAACO Bowl Las Vegas, Dec. 22: Washington is 7-5 with a balanced but unspectacular team. They'll have to score in this one as the Broncos are 10-2 and bring one of the top 10 defenses in the country into the game.
Arizona St. Sun Devils vs. Navy Midshipmen, Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl, Dec. 29: Arizona State is disappointed that their season didn't end like it thought it should. So they might take it out on Navy. The Sun Devils should be able to score often, then lean on their defense to hold.
Oregon St. Beavers vs. Texas Longhorns, Valero Alamo Bowl, Dec. 29: Two teams who want to prove that they belong in the conversation with the other elite teams in the country. The Beavers will look to earn a 10-win season and the Longhorns will try to prevent a five-loss season. The Beavers have a stout defense and a very capable offense. It will come down to the Longhorns' D against the Beavers' O.
USC Trojans vs. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, Hyundai Sun Bowl, Dec. 31: USC had possibly the most disappointing season of any of the top preseason teams, along with the Arkansas Razorbacks. Five losses were never a thought coming into the season. But the Trojans can still end it on a good note by taking advantage of a Yellow Jackets team that hasn't seen an offense as explosive as the Trojans.