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Can Pac-12 put a team in the College Football Playoff?

Can anyone command the table at Pac-12 for the last four weeks of the season?

The conference has three teams with a chance to make the College Football Playoff. Oregon, USC and UCLA are all 8-1 in the first 10 weeks of the season and in the top 12 in the CFP rankings. If any of these three teams can win their last three regular season games and the Pac-12 title, there is likely to be a playoff spot.

This is much easier said than done.

The 2022 season is the Pac-12’s best chance to put a team in the playoffs for the first time since 2016. But the conference’s strength at the top could also end up being its biggest playoff problem. Just look at the schedules of the top three teams for the last three weeks of the season.

No. 6 Oregon

  • vs. No. 25 Washington

  • vs. At the. 13 Utah

  • @ State of Oregon

No. 8 USC

  • against Colorado

  • @ Nº 12 UCLA

  • vs. At the. 20 Notre Dame

No. 12 UCLA

  • against Arizona

  • vs. No. 8 USC

  • @ lime

Utah (7-2) is also not out of the conference title mix. If the Utes win Oregon and take care of business against Stanford and Colorado, they will be in the Pac-12 title game against one of the three teams mentioned above.

The best Pac-12 playoff scenario right now is to have Oregon and USC or UCLA win, so two teams 11-1 meet in the title game. That would guarantee a 12-1 team at the end of the season and a legitimate playoff shot.

We’re going with Oregon to be that team in our latest issue of bowl projections. The Ducks have some work to do; three of their final four games would be against ranked opponents and Oregon State is out of the top 25. But we think Oregon is playing well enough to make that happen at the moment.

Here’s how we see the bowl schedule ahead of week 11. As always, things could change dramatically over the next few weeks. Especially at Pac-12, when Oregon plays Utah and UCLA plays USC Week 12.

Oregon quarterback Bo Nix attempts to pass California during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Berkeley, California, Saturday, October 29, 2022. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez)

Oregon quarterback Bo Nix attempts to pass against California during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Berkeley, California, Saturday, October 29, 2022. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez)

Six New Year’s Bowl Games

Orange Bowl (December 30th)

Clemson vs Penn State

Sugar bowl (31 December)

TCU vs Alabama

Peach Bowl (December 31) [CFP semifinal]

Georgia vs Oregon

Fiesta Bowl (December 31) [CFP semifinal]

Ohio State vs Tennessee

Cotton Basin (January 2)

North Carolina vs Tulane

Rose Bowl (January 2)

Michigan vs USC

Other bowl games

Bahamas Bowl (December 16)

UTEP vs. State of the Ball

Bowl of Healing (December 16)

freedom vs. Appalachian State

Fenway Bowl (December 17)

Syracuse vs Cincinnati

New Mexico Bowl (December 17)

Air Force vs. north texas

LA Bowl (December 17)

Boise State vs Washington State

Lending Tree Bowl (December 17)

Toledo vs Southern Alabama

Las Vegas Bowl (December 17)

Utah x Ole Miss

Frisco Bowl (17 December)

Middle Tennessee State vs. SMU

Myrtle Beach Bowl (December 19)

UTSA vs Carolina Costeira

Potato Bowl (December 20)

San Diego State vs Miami (Ohio)

Boca Raton Bowl (December 20)

Florida Atlantic x Houston

New Orleans Bowl (December 21)

Western Kentucky vs. Southern Miss

Armed Forces Bowl (December 22)

East Carolina vs Texas Tech

Gasparilla Bowl (December 23)

Wyoming vs Georgia South

Independence Bowl (December 23)

BYU vs Army

Hawaii Bowl (December 24)

State of São José vs UAB

Quick Lane Bowl (December 26)

Wisconsin vs Buffalo

First Aid Bowl (December 27)

Memphis vs Kansas

Birmingham Bowl (27 December)

Missouri vs Louisiana

Cup of Camellias (27 December)

ohio v troy

Bowl of Fee Guaranteed (December 27th)

Iowa vs Oklahoma State

Military Cup (28 December)

Miami x UCF

Liberty Bowl (December 28)

Oklahoma vs South Carolina

Holiday Bowl (December 28)

Wake Forest vs Washington

Texas Bowl (December 28)

Texas vs Arkansas

Pinstripe Bowl (December 29)

NC State vs Minnesota

Cheez-It Bowl (December 29)

Notre Dame vs Kansas State

Alamo Bowl (December 29)

Baylor vs. UCLA

Duke’s Mayo Bowl (December 30)

Louisville vs Maryland

Sun Bowl (December 30th)

Oregon State vs Pitt

Alligator (December 30th)

Duke vs. State of Mississippi

Arizona Bowl (December 30)

UNLV vs East Michigan

Music City Bowl (December 31)

Purdue vs Florida

ReliaQuest Bowl (January 2)

Florida State vs Kentucky

Citrus Cup (January 2)

Illinois vs LSU

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