The Pac-12 championship game still plays a big role in how the bowl selections go.
However, it's a lot clearer view now that the regular season is over. Check my power rankings from Sunday for how I see the conference.
Here are my bowl picks and why.
Rose Bowl: The winner of the Pac-12 title game goes here. My pick is Stanford. The Cardinal dominated UCLA on Saturday and get a rematch at home. Stanford is just better.
Other BCS game: Oregon is in somewhere. The Fiesta Bowl is the most likely destination.
Alamo Bowl: If Stanford wins the Pac-12 title game then it's a pick between UCLA and Oregon State, and the Beavers are favored. Even though UCLA won the South, the Beavers beat them head-to-head and the Bruins will have lost two straight.
If UCLA wins the Pac-12 title game, Stanford will be an easy pick here as the North champ and having beat the Beavers.
Holiday Bowl: If the Beavers go to the Alamo Bowl, UCLA slots here. If Stanford goes to the Alamo Bowl, OSU goes here. It's pretty cut-and-dry. So the Pac-12 title game will crucial for the Beavers and they are not in the game.
Sun Bowl: The Sun Bowl wants ratings and with USC available the Trojans go here. It's not often they are available for these middle bowls.
Las Vegas Bowl: Washington is be the best option for Sin City.
Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl: Arizona State's win over Arizona in the Territorial Cup moved the Sun Devils into this game.
New Mexico Bowl: Arizona fills out the Pac-12's bowl allotment.