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Pac-12 Confidential

Bud Withers offers an inside look at the Pac-12 Conference and the national college scene.

December 31, 2014 at 9:43 AM

Can the Pac-12 run the bowl table? Fiesta Bowl pick . . .

So far, it’s been a pretty seamless bowl season for the Pac-12. The league is 4-0 with four games left, and is threatening to make this its best post-season ever.

Six times since 1975, when the league began allowing other teams than the conference champion to play in bowl games, the Pac-12/10/8 has gone unbeaten. Its most games won was in 2008, when it went 5-0, and it went 4-0 back in 1989.

But now it gets tougher. Arizona takes on Boise State Wednesday afternoon in the Fiesta, followed by Oregon and defending national champ Florida State New Year’s Day in the Rose. After that, it’s UCLA and Kansas State in the Alamo and Washington against Oklahoma State in the Cactus.

  Fiesta, Boise State (plus 3) vs. Arizona — The Broncos will no doubt be loaded for bear; this is the kind of big stage they always relished under Chris Petersen. They put up 50 points or more since Oct. 24, including against BYU and Utah State. They rely on Jay Ajayi’s 1,689 rushing yards, while QB Grant Hedrick has a modest 22-13 touchdown-interception ratio. Arizona quarterback Anu Solomon had a very nice debut season, with a 27-7 TD-pick ratio. I think ‘Zona may have squeezed every drop out of what was possible this year, but its vulnerability was displayed in the near-miss win over Washington (when the Huskies moved seemingly at will) and then the rout by Oregon in the Pac-12 title game. Going with Boise State on this one. Boise State 34, Arizona 31.

Pac-12 bowl picks — 4-0. Against the spread — 2-2.

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