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College football bowl projections: Arizona in danger of missing bowl game

No projections have the Wildcats going bowling

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The Arizona Wildcats are still on the outside looking in when it comes to bowl projections even after Saturday’s win over the California Golden Bears.

Approaching Week 7, 247 Sports, Action Sports, Bleacher Report, CBS Sports, College Football News, ESPN, SB Nation, Sporting News all have Arizona (3-3, 2-1 Pac-12) missing a bowl game.

The general consensus is that nine Pac-12 teams are going bowling, leaving out Arizona, Oregon State and UCLA. The Arizona State Sun Devils (3-3, 1-2) were in most projections.

Arizona has six games remaining, needing to win three to become bowl eligible, and it’s a mixed bag when it comes to remaining strength of schedule.

Playing Friday at the Utah Utes (3-2, 1-2) will be extremely challenging on a short week.

It would be an absolute gut punch if the UCLA Bruins (0-5, 0-2) earn their first win against Arizona. Now’s the time to win at the Rose Bowl, finally, where the Wildcats haven’t been victorious since 2009.

The Oregon Ducks (4-1, 1-1) will be disturbing to watch, but I’ll be in attendance!

I don’t think anyone can take the Colorado Buffaloes (5-0, 2-0) seriously with their strength of schedule, and that will be a very winnable game at home.

The Washington State Cougars (5-1, 2-1) could be another ugly game where Arizona’s offense can’t keep up on the road.

And who knows what the Territorial Cup will bring this year.

There’s a lot of mystery surrounding this team right now, and the way it stands, Arizona is going as far as the defense carries it now.

Against non-FCS schools, Arizona is only averaging 24 points a game, a complete 180 from what we saw last year with Khalil Tate under Rich Rodriguez.

Arizona has made a bowl in five of the last six seasons. The Wildcats missed a bowl game in 2016 when they went 3-9, but they did beat ASU without attempting a pass in the second half.