The USC Trojans are not projected to be in a major bowl game for the second straight year even if they handle their business against UCLA and Notre Dame.
The Holiday bowl is reserved for the third best team in the Pac-12 to play the fifth best team in the Big-12 but with the Oregon Ducks in line for the BCS Championship game, every other team in the conference gets a slight bump.
Since the Rose Bowl is forced to give up their best team for college football's biggest game, they get first dibs on any other at-large team and Kirk has them settling on Notre Dame. Kirk also projects Stanford to finish ahead of the Trojans and earn a visit to the Alamo Bowl against Oklahoma State.
As for the other Los Angeles program, the UCLA Bruins are projected to be the fifth best team left in the Pac-12 behind Oregon State. Kirk has them taking on Boise State in the Las Vegas Bowl in, you guessed it, Las Vegas, Nev. on Dec. 22.
Below are Kirk's full projections:
|BCS National Championship||1/7/2013||BCS 1 vs. BCS 2||Kansas State||Oregon|
|Fiesta||1/3/2013||Big 12 1 vs. At-large 1||Oklahoma*||Georgia|
|Sugar||1/2/2013||SEC 1 vs. At-large 2||Alabama||Clemson|
|Orange||1/1/2013||ACC 1 vs. At-large 3||Florida State||Louisville|
|Rose||1/1/2013||Pac-12 1 vs. Big Ten 1||Notre Dame*||Nebraska|
|GoDaddy||1/6/2013||MAC vs. Sun Belt 2||NIU||ULM|
|BBVA Compass||1/5/2013||SEC 8/9 vs. Big East 5/C-USA||Tennessee||Ohio*|
|Cotton||1/4/2013||Big 12 2 vs. SEC||Texas||Texas A&M|
|Heart of Dallas||1/1/2013||Big Ten 7 vs. C-USA||Purdue||UCF|
|Outback||1/1/2013||Big Ten 3 vs. SEC||Wisconsin||LSU|
|Gator||1/1/2013||Big Ten 4/5 vs. SEC 6||Northwestern||Mississippi State|
|Capital One||1/1/2013||Big Ten 2 vs. SEC 2||Michigan||Florida|
|Sun||12/31/2012||ACC 4 vs. Pac-12 4||Oregon State||Virginia Tech|
|Music City||12/31/2012||ACC 6 vs. SEC 7||Vanderbilt||Georgia Tech|
|Liberty||12/31/2012||C-USA 1 vs. Big East/SEC 8/9||Tulsa||Missouri|
|Chick-fil-A||12/31/2012||ACC 2 vs. SEC 5||Miami||South Carolina|
|Pinstripe||12/29/2012||Big 12 7 vs. Big East 4||Iowa State||Syracuse|
|Kraft Fight Hunger||12/29/2012||Pac-12 6 vs. Navy||Washington||Navy|
|Buffalo Wild Wings||12/29/2012||Big 12 4 vs. Big Ten 4/5||Texas Tech||Michigan State|
|Armed Forces||12/29/2012||MWC vs. C-USA||Bowling Green*||MTSU*|
|Alamo||12/29/2012||Big 12 3 vs. Pac-12 2||Stanford||Oklahoma State|
|Russell Athletic||12/28/2012||Big East 2 vs. ACC 3||Cincinnati||N.C. State|
|Meineke Car Care||12/28/2012||Big 12 6 vs. Big Ten 6||West Virginia||Minnesota|
|Independence||12/28/2012||SEC 10 vs. ACC 7||Louisiana Tech*||Arizona State*|
|Military||12/27/2012||ACC 8 vs. Army||SMU*||Air Force*|
|Holiday||12/27/2012||Pac-12 3 vs. Big 12 5||USC||TCU|
|Belk||12/27/2012||Big East 3 vs. ACC 5||Rutgers||Duke|
|Little Caesars||12/26/2012||MAC vs. Big Ten 8||Toledo||WKU*|
|Hawaii||12/24/2012||MWC/WAC vs. C-USA||San Jose State||ECU|
|New Orleans||12/22/2012||Sun Belt 1 vs. C-USA||Arkansas State||Nevada*|
|Las Vegas||12/22/2012||MWC 1 vs. Pac-12 5||Boise State||UCLA|
|Beef O'Brady's||12/21/2012||Big East 6 vs. C-USA||Ball State*||ULL*|
|Poinsettia||12/20/2012||MWC 2 vs. BYU||San Diego State||BYU|
|New Mexico||12/15/2012||MWC 4/5 vs. Pac-12 7/WAC||Fresno State||Arizona|
|Idaho Potato||12/15/2012||MAC 3 vs. WAC||Kent State||Utah State|
Tie-ins breakdown via CBS Sports.