First off, the Rose Bowl projection of Stanford is more about consistency, not about a prediction of the Pac-12 title game, which Kevin Gemmell and I will pick on Thursday.
I suspect that either Kevin or myself will tap Arizona State to win the conference championship in Sun Devil Stadium on Saturday. It's notable ASU is the favorite.
Oregon's national brand will make it more intriguing over the loser of the Pac-12 title game for the Valero Alamo Bowl.
Then the intrigue is about Arizona, Washington State and Oregon State.
Among those three, the Beavers rate third, and we feel they are the most likely to be left out -- due to a five-game losing streak to end the season.
I feel strongly that Arizona and Washington State will go bowling somewhere, starting with the fact that both athletic directors -- Greg Byrne at Arizona and Bill Moos at Washington State -- are big-time salesmen.
Rose Bowl Game Presented by Vizio (Jan. 1, 2014): Stanford vs. Big Ten
Valero Alamo Bowl (Dec. 30): Oregon vs. Big 12
National University Holiday Bowl (Dec. 30): Arizona State vs. Big 12
Hyundai Sun Bowl (Dec. 31): UCLA vs. ACC
Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl (Dec. 21): USC vs. MWC
Fight Hunger Bowl (Dec. 27): Washington vs. BYU
Gildan New Mexico Bowl (Dec. 21): Washington State vs. MWC
AdvoCare V100 Bowl (Dec. 31): Arizona vs. ACC
San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia (Dec. 26): Oregon State vs. MWC