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Pac-12 Bowl Tie-Ins, Selection Process


Pac-12 bowl tie-ins, as well selection criteria for each of the conference’s college football bowl games. 


Despite being shutout of the College Football Playoff last postseason, the Pac-12 did relatively well, going 6-4 in all bowls—second only to the SEC bowl wins.

The success of Washington, along with the surprise cases of Washington State and Colorado mean that the Pac-12 may be able to emulate if not exceed that success in their seven bowl games this coming bowl season.

All of the Power 5 conferences will participate in a New Year’s Six bowl game under the current postseason structure, and for the Pac-12 champ that means assuming their usual place in the Rose Bowl. Should the Pac-12 champ be selected for the playoffs, the Rose Bowl would select among the remaining bowl-eligible Pac-12 teams.

The rest of the Bowl placement will be determined by a selection process that will stick to a hierarchy of bowl games. The first to select after the Rose Bowl is filled will be the Alamo Bowl, followed by the Holliday Bowl, then Foster Farms, Sun Bowl, Las Vegas Bowl and finally the Cactus Bowl.

Below is the schedule for all bowl games with Pac-12 tie-ins. For the purpose of this article, “Pac-12 No. 1” will represent the first selection slot after the conference champs.

Pac-12 Bowl Tie-Ins

Las Vegas Bowl

Date: Saturday, December 17
Location: Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas Nevada
2015 Game: Utah 35, BYU 28

Selection Criteria: Pac-12 No. 6 vs. MWC

Holliday Bowl

Date: Tuesday, December 27
Location: Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, CA
2015 Game: Wisconsin 23, USC 21

Selection Criteria: Pac-12 No. 2 vs. Big Ten

Motel 6 Cactus Bowl

Date: Tuesday, December 27
Location: Chase Field, Phoenix, AZ
2015 Game: West Virginia 43, Arizona State 42

Selection Criteria: Pac-12 No. 7 vs. Big 12

Foster Farms Bowl

Date: Wednesday, December 28
Location: Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, CA
2015 Game: Nebraska 37, UCLA 29

Selection Criteria: Pac-12 No. 3 vs. Big Ten

Valero Alamo Bowl

Date: Thursday, December 29
Location: Alamodome, San Antonio, TX
2015 Game: TCU 47, Oregon 41

Selection Criteria: Pac-12 No. 1 vs. Big 12

Hyundai Sun Bowl:

Date: Friday, December 30
Location: Sun Bowl, El Paso, TX
2015 Game: Washington State 20, Miami 14

Selection Criteria: Pac-12 No. 4 vs. ACC

Rose Bowl Game

Date: Monday, January 2
Location: Rose Bowl, Los Angeles, CA
2015: Stanford 45, Iowa 16

Selection Criteria: Pac-12 Champ vs. Big Ten, unless Pac-12 champ is selected for the playoff, in which case Pac-12 No. 1 would take its place.

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