ARIZONA STATE FOOTBALL
Now bowl eligible, ASU football can fight for higher-tier postseason game
Arizona State ended a two-game losing streak Saturday with a refreshing 31-16 victory against the USC Trojans.
With their sixth win of the year checked off, the Sun Devils became bowl eligible with three games remaining.
They finish the season with road games at the Washington Huskies this week and against the Oregon State Beavers on Nov. 20 before closing on Nov. 27 at home against the Arizona Wildcats.
They remain in the thick of the pecking order in a jumbled Pac-12.
The Oregon Ducks in the Pac-12 North and Utah Utes in the Pac-12 South are 5-1 in conference and in place to meet up with one another in the conference title game. They each have one-game leads before tiebreakers on their respective opponents.
The Washington State Cougars and Sun Devils are the lone 4-2 teams for each of their divisions.
So ASU stands to play for a decent bowl game. At the higher end are the Holiday and Alamo bowls. At the lower is the Las Vegas Bowl.
Here’s where the Sun Devils are projected to land by the calculations of several college football analysts.
ESPN’s Kyle Bonagura and Mark Schlabach
Schlabach: Valero Alamo Bowl vs. Baylor
Bonagura: SRS Distribution Las Vegas Bowl vs. Minnesota
CBS Sports’ Jerry Palm
SRS Distribution Las Vegas Bowl vs. Purdue
San Diego Credit Union Holiday Bowl vs. Pittsburgh
Action Network’s Brett McMurphy
Valero Alamo Bowl vs. Iowa State