Smelling the Roses or Home Cooking?

When it comes to ASU's bowl scenarios Oregon's loss to UCLA, took the sting out of the Sun Devils' loss to USC. A win against Arizona will have the maroon and gold likely traveling west on the I-10, but what exit will they get off on to play a BCS bowl?

Let's take a look at the top-tier bowls of the Pac-10 and ASU's scenarios of playing in each of them:


UCLA beating Oregon ensured that the Ducks won't return to Pasadena on New Year's Day under any circumstances. The Bruins have a chance to play their 13th game at home, but that will require them first to defeat a red hot USC team. If that improbable scenario will take place, an ASU win over their in-state rival will have the maroon and gold return to the Rose Bowl after an 11-year hiatus. A USC loss along with an ASU loss, will have the Bruins playing in familiar surroundings in the Tournament of Roses.


Luckily for ASU, the loss against USC, didn't eliminate their chances of playing in their back yard at University of Phoenix stadium in Glendale on January 2nd. Obviously, they will have to beat Arizona to even be in consideration. A Missouri win against Oklahoma in the Big 12 championship on Saturday will further cement that possibility. As it stands right now a win by Hawaii in their game against Washington will put them in a BCS bowl, but won't come at the expense of ASU. If the Sun Devils did end up in this bowl, their likely opponent stands to be Kansas.


A loss to Arizona along with an Oregon State victory over Oregon will send ASU to San Diego on December 27th . There's also the outside chance that the Sun Devils could land in this game despite a win against Arizona.


The proverbial worst case scenario for ASU. A loss to Arizona, and wins by UCLA and Oregon will have the maroon and gold traveling to El Paso for a New Year's Eve game.

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