Just like it’s never too early for preseaon rankings, it’s also never too early for bowl projections either. And with the California Golden Bears halfway to bowl eligibility and ranked in the Top 25, all of the pundits are including the Bears.
CBS Sports and ESPN’s Mitch Sherman have the Bears playing against Boise State Broncos in the Las Vegas Bowl, forcing the Bears to visit the sleaziest city in the world. Also with ESPN, Kyle Bonagura (once of the great ESPN Pac-12 Blog) predicts that the Bears will face off against the N.C. State Wolfpack in the Sun Bowl. The Las Vegas Bowl has the sixth pick of the Pac-12 teams while the Sun Bowl has the fifth pick, which tells you how highly these guys rate the Bears.