Utah Utes quarterback Cameron Rising (7) takes the snap against Stanford in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022.
Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
There are plenty of bowl season implications for Utah, BYU and Utah State hanging on what happens this weekend.
For the Utes, who are already bowl eligible and in contention for the Pac-12 championship, they could still play their way into a league title and a New Year’s Six bowl.
Utah plays at Oregon on Saturday in a matchup of two teams with one conference loss.
BYU and Utah State, meanwhile, are one win away from bowl eligibility and sit in similar situations: win in the home finale this week, or try to qualify for the postseason on the road in the season’s final week.
The Cougars host Utah Tech on Saturday, while the Aggies host San Jose State.
Here’s a look at where several national publications predict Utah, BYU and Utah State will play in the postseason following the season’s Week 11.
*-indicates same projection as last week.
Bowl projections for Utah football after Week 11
Kyle Bonagura, ESPN: Alamo Bowl, vs. Texas.
Mark Schlabach, ESPN: Alamo Bowl, vs. Oklahoma State.
Brett McMurphy, Action Network: Holiday Bowl, vs. Florida State.
Jerry Palm, CBS Sports: Holiday Bowl, vs. Wake Forest*.
College Football News: Las Vegas Bowl, vs. Michigan State.
Steven Lassan, Athlon Sports: Las Vegas Bowl, vs. Mississippi State*.
Brad Crawford, 247 Sports: Las Vegas Bowl, vs. Arkansas.
Bill Bender, Sporting News: Cotton Bowl, vs. UCF.
For the first time in several weeks, the Utes (8-2) are projected by one expert to make a New Year’s Six game — Sporting News’ Bill Bender has the Utes facing UCF (as the Group of Five auto bid) in the Cotton Bowl.
This week is sure to shake up the Pac-12 bowl picture, with Utah playing at Oregon and UCLA hosting USC.
If the Utes win at Oregon, they would just need a victory over one-win Colorado next week to return to the Pac-12 championship game. That would set Utah up for a chance to get back to the Rose Bowl.
If Utah loses to the Ducks, it’s likely a Holiday Bowl …read more
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