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Idaho Statesman bowl projections: Boise State vs. Arizona in Fiesta, Air Force vs. Western Michigan in Boise

Here are this week’s Idaho Statesman bowl projections. The New Year’s Six pairings are based on Wisconsin beating Ohio State (the Badgers are favored) and the rest of the top teams winning.

Arizona will be interesting. If the Wildcats lose to Oregon, I project they fall to No. 10. But if they fall to No. 11, they likely won’t be available for the Fiesta Bowl. Other possible opponents for Boise State if the Broncos beat Fresno State on Saturday could be Wisconsin, Kansas State, Oregon and Mississippi State.

For the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, either Utah State (9-4) or Air Force (9-3) seems likely from the Mountain West. Utah State is the favorite unless Las Vegas or Cactus decides to put together a Utah/Utah State game — just what I project below. That could push Air Force to Boise. The opponent likely will be Western Michigan (8-4), a strong MAC team that hasn’t been here yet.

New Year’s Six

Rose (Jan. 1, Pasadena, Calif.): Oregon (2) vs. Florida State (3)

Sugar (Jan. 1, New Orleans): Alabama (1) vs. Baylor (4)

Cotton (Jan. 1, Arlington, Texas): TCU (at-large) vs. Ole Miss (at-large)

Peach (Dec. 31, Atlanta): Mississippi State (at-large) vs. Wisconsin (at-large)

Orange (Dec. 31, Miami Gardens, Fla.): Georgia Tech (ACC) vs. Michigan State (Big Ten/SEC/Notre Dame)

Fiesta (Dec. 31, Glendale, Ariz.): Boise State (Group of Five) vs. Arizona (at-large)

Mountain West

Las Vegas (Dec. 20): Utah State vs. Utah (Pac-12)

Cactus (Jan. 2, Tempe, Ariz.): Colorado State vs. Washington (Pac-12)

Famous Idaho Potato (Dec. 20, Boise): Air Force vs. Western Michigan (MAC)

New Mexico (Dec. 20, Albuquerque): Nevada vs. UTEP (C-USA)

Poinsettia (Dec. 23, San Diego): San Diego State vs. Navy (Navy)

Hawaii (Dec. 24, Honolulu): Fresno State vs. Rice (C-USA)

Note: In this projection, the Mountain West would vacate its spot in New Orleans (Dec. 20) vs. Louisiana (Sun Belt).

Email me at ccripe@idahostatesman.com.

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