Oregon State: at Stanford in a virtual BCS elimination game, California, Oregon, Nicholls State. The Beavers likely would stay top-14 if they go 3-1.
Stanford: Oregon State, at Oregon, at UCLA in another virtual BCS elimination game. The Cardinal has a tough road.
UCLA: at Washington, Southern Cal, Stanford. The easiest remaining schedule of the Pac-12 contenders. Win out, and UCLA will be well-stocked to make the Rose Bowl.
Southern Cal: Arizona State, at UCLA, Notre Dame. The Trojans will be hard-pressed to win out but could sneak back into the top 14 if they do so.
If the Pac-12 has a top-14 team other than Oregon, and Oregon goes to the Big Bowl, the Rose Bowl will snatch up that team.
So here’s the bowl scenario for the Sooners, should they win out:
* If Kansas State wins the Big 12 but does not go to the Big Bowl, OU likely will play in the Sugar Bowl. Perhaps against Florida.
* If Kansas State makes the Big Bowl, OU would be scooped up by the Fiesta Bowl and could have a rematch against Notre Dame. The Sugar Bowl would have first pick, if Alabama stays No. 1, and conceivably could take Notre Dame, but that would leave the Fiesta to take an SEC team. A Notre Dame-Clemson Sugar Bowl would be a little unsettling for the Sugar, which is bound with the SEC.
* Of course, if the Sooners don’t win out, they could slip to the Alamo Bowl. The Cotton might have its eyes on Texas, unless the Longhorns totally fall apart.
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