Despite Oregon's loss, the Pac-10 could still send two teams to BCS bowls. The national championship game in New Orleans is a remote possibility for Arizona State, while the Rose and the Fiesta are all very much viable possibilities.
Let's take a look at the top-tier bowls of the Pac-10 and ASU's scenarios of playing in each of them:
You'll hear this a lot between now and the ASU-USC game, so we might as well get it out of the way now: The Sun Devils, who played UCLA on the road just last weekend, are in the driver's seat and control their own destiny for a repeat visit to in Pasadena.
The Sun Devils have a one game lead on both USC and Oregon (currently the only team that has the tie-breaker advantage over ASU). So wins in their last two games of the season will have the maroon and gold playing on New Year's Day 2008. That is the most certain bowl scenario for ASU.
A win against USC, and a loss to their in-state rival, could have ASU playing in their back yard at University of Phoenix stadium in Glendale on January 2nd. The Ducks would probably have to lose one more game for this bowl setting to happen, since as mentioned before they win the tie-breaker over the Devils.
A loss to USC and a victory over Arizona could send ASU to San Diego on December 27th, since that chain of events would likely eliminate ASU from any BCS bowl scenarios.
Just like two wins sends ASU to the Rose Bowl no matter what, two losses are more than likely gonna have the maroon and gold traveling to El Paso for a New Year's Eve game.
I know we may dreaming on this one, but skeptics might be talking differently if Ohio State, Kansas, Oklahoma and West Virginia lose this weekend, and Missouri would go down in the Big 12 championship the following week. Yes, it's a lot of "ifs" but if there was ever the season for upsets to happen…
Needless to say that ASU would have to win out as well, and get the respect they never got from the "human polls" this year and vault into the no, 2 spot in the BCS standings.
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