And now there are three.
A third Pac-12 team picked up bowl eligibility in Week 8, as Colorado won at Stanford 10-5 to pick up its sixth victory of the season and join Washington and Utah in being bowl eligible. The Buffs will be in a bowl for the first time since 2007. At 6-2 overall and 4-1 in league play, Colorado is off to its best start since 2005, when it opened 7-2 and 5-1 in the Big 12.
The benchmark is a long time coming for a team that had just two conference wins under Mike MacIntyre prior to this season. Asked what it means to be bowl eligible, quarterback Sefo Liufau said: “Everything. To go from 1-and-something to 6-2 means everything. ... No one quit on each other. We all stayed here. It’s a great accomplishment, and we’re trying to go even further than here.”
And the Buffs very well could. Three of their final four games are at home, where the Buffs are 4-0 this season. They get a bye this week before a visit from UCLA and a trip to Arizona before closing out against Washington State and Utah at home. Given what we’ve seen from the Buffs, those are all very winnable games.
Washington (7-0, 4-0) did nothing this week to damage its chances of qualifying for the College Football Playoff. And Utah (7-1, 4-1) showed some offensive outburst against UCLA, with running back Joe Williams leading the way. Next week's showdown between the Huskies and Utes in Salt Lake City, which will be attended by ESPN College GameDay, will likely impact the postseason landscape.
Two teams are on the cusp of bowl eligibility with five wins: Washington State and Arizona State. Those two teams visit the Oregon schools next week, with the Sun Devils at Oregon and the Cougars at Oregon State, with a chance to lock up postseason spots.
California, Stanford and USC are sitting on four wins.
For the other four teams -- UCLA (3-5), Oregon State (2-5), Arizona (2-5) and Oregon (2-5) -- things are getting dicey. No one has officially been eliminated yet, but with five weeks left it doesn’t look promising.
You can see last week’s projections here. This week’s Pac-12 bowl projections only include eight teams.
College Football Playoff semifinal at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl: Washington
Rose Bowl Game Presented by Northwestern Mutual: Utah
Valero Alamo Bowl: Washington State
Holiday Bowl: Colorado
Foster Farms Bowl: USC
Hyundai Sun Bowl: Arizona State
Las Vegas Bowl: Stanford
Cactus Bowl: California