Some experts predict Arizona, and even Arizona State, to make bowl games

Aug 23, 2023, 9:44 AM

Kenny Dillingham, Arizona State head coach at Pac-12 media day...

Head Coach Kenny Dillingham of the Arizona State Sun Devils speaks with the media at Zouk Nightclub at Resorts World Las Vegas on July 21, 2023 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Louis Grasse/Getty Images)

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The Pac-12 projects to be a competitive conference in the top half, with five teams ranked in The Associated Press’ top 25 poll heading into the 2023 season.

The Arizona State Sun Devils and Arizona Wildcats are at different points in their program evolutions, but they are nonetheless projected to finish in the bottom five of the league if you’re to believe the Pac-12 preseason media poll. Arizona was eighth in the preseason rankings, with ASU expected to finish 10th.

But nationally, there is hope that not only the Wildcats in Jedd Fisch’s third year could be more competitive.

Even first-year Sun Devils head coach Kenny Dillingham has a believer or two — at least among those who go through the prediction process of every single bowl game.

Here’s a peek at the more fresh college football bowl predictions ahead of Week 0 games.

Arizona, Arizona State make some college football bowl predictions

ESPN’s Mark Schlabach

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247 Sports’ Brandon Crawford

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Action Network’s Brett McMurphy

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College Football News

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Some experts predict Arizona, and even Arizona State, to make bowl games