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Going bowling

Editor’s Note: The Arizona-Oregon game has many implications as far as the Pacific 10 Conference bowl picture is concerned. The Pac-10 already has six teams that are bowl eligible and UCLA and ASU could join the party depending on how each team’s respective season plays out. Here’s a look at what bowl games will be played with a Pac-10 team:

Pac-10 bowl game tie-ins

Rose Bowl Game presented by Citi:

Jan. 1, Los Angeles, Calif. —

First place vs. Big Ten champion

(Ohio State)

Pacific Life Holiday Bowl:

Dec. 30, San Diego, Calif. —

Second place vs. Big 12 third place

Brut Sun Bowl:

Dec. 31, El Paso, Texas —

Third place vs. Big 12 fifth place OR Big East second place OR Notre Dame

Emerald Bowl:

Dec. 26, San Francisco, Calif. —

Fourth or fifth place vs. ACC fifth, sixth or seventh place

MAACO Las Vegas Bowl:

Dec. 22, Las Vegas, Nev. —

Fourth OR fifth place vs. Mountain West champion

San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl:

Dec. 23, San Diego, Calif. —

Sixth place vs. Mountain West second place

Bowl-eligible teams

Oregon: 8-2 (6-1 Pac-10)

Stanford: 7-3 (6-2)

Oregon State: 7-3 (5-2)

California: 7-3 (4-3)

USC: 7-3 (4-3)

Arizona: 6-3 (4-2)

Teams on the brink

UCLA: 5-5 (2-5)

ASU: 4-6 (2-5)

If Arizona beats Oregon…

Barring the Wildcats dropping both of their final two games, they would avoid the lower-tier bowl games. A win would also keep the team in line for a Pac-10 championship. If Arizona can beat the Ducks, the team would likely be headed to southern California — whether it’s Los Angeles or San Diego is a different story. If Arizona loses one more game after the Oregon contest the Sun Bowl is another possibility.

If Arizona loses to Oregon…

It would be a disappointment for the team. A defeat would give the Wildcats three conference losses and land them in the bottom half of the Pac-10. The folks in Las Vegas would likely pass on a repeat trip from Arizona and the team would have to win at least one more game to slide into that spot. The most likely destination would be San Diego for the Poinsettia Bowl unless the Emerald Bowl officials fancy the Wildcats more than other bowl candidates.

— compiled by Brian Kimball

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