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Bowl projections after Week 5: Four sources predict five different bowls for Cal

Glass half-full says at least we’ve got options?

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As you may have heard, the California Golden Bears are no longer undefeated. But sitting at 3–1 with eight games left on the schedule, there’s still a pretty good chance that we can win at least three of the remaining games and make it to a bowl.

The experts agree, too! Four sources are predicting five different landing spots for the Bears; my guess is that they’re all different because we’d be on the low-end of Pac-12 bowl eligibility and likely taking at-large spots.

The five predicted bowls are:

As previously mentioned, not all of these bowls have Pac-12 tie-ins. The Independence, New Mexico, and Armed Forces Bowls all have tie-ins with other conferences. The Las Vegas Bowl has the sixth pick for Pac-12 teams and the Cheez-It Bowl has the seventh Pac-12 pick.


Which of the post–Week 5 bowl match-ups would you most want to see Cal in?

This poll is closed

  • 6%
    Independence Bowl vs. Tulane
    (18 votes)
  • 57%
    Las Vegas Bowl vs. Boise State
    (163 votes)
  • 26%
    Cheez-It Bowl vs. Oklahoma State
    (75 votes)
  • 2%
    New Mexico Bowl vs. Utah State
    (7 votes)
  • 6%
    Armed Forces Bowl vs. San Diego State
    (19 votes)
282 votes total Vote Now