|Jan. 1 | Rose | Pasadena, Calif.|
|Wisconsin (B1G) vs. Oregon (Pac-12)|
|Dec. 21 | Las Vegas | Las Vegas|
|Boise State (MWC No. 1) vs. Washington (Pac-12 No. 6)|
|Dec. 27 | Holiday | San Diego|
|USC (Pac-12 No. 3) vs. Iowa (B1G No. 4)|
|Dec. 27 | Cheez-It | Phoenix|
|Air Force* (Big 12 No. 6) vs. Washington St. (Pac-12 No. 7)|
|Dec. 30 | Redbox | Santa Clara, Calif.|
|Cal (Pac-12 No. 4) vs. Illinois (B1G No. 7)|
|Dec. 31 | Sun | El Paso, Texas|
|Florida State (ACC Nos. 3-6) vs. Arizona St. (Pac-12 No. 5)|
|Dec. 31 | Alamo | San Antonio|
|Texas (Big 12 No. 2) vs. Utah (Pac-12 No. 2)|
If 11-2 Utah falls out of the New Year’s Six field, the Alamo Bowl will be tempted to take 8-4 USC instead. Neither the Utes or Trojans can fall below the Holiday Bowl, so the rest of the Pac-12’s lineup is easier to predict. — Stewart Mandel (The Athletic)
The Trojans (8-4) have gone to the Holiday Bowl twice, beating Nebraska in 2014 and losing to Wisconsin the next year, Clay Helton’s second game as the Trojans’ permanent head man.
Great defense — The 9-3 Hawkeyes ranked 96th in the country in rushing yards, unusual for a Big Ten squad. Instead, Iowa relied on SR QB Nate Stanley and a defense that held opponents to fewer points per game (13.2) than all but five teams in the country.
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