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Bowl projections 2012: UCLA headed for Alamo Bowl, USC could be in Holiday Bowl

SB Nation projects UCLA and USC are both headed to pre-New Year's bowls.

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After the UCLA Bruins upended the USC Trojans in a Los Angeles showdown on Saturday, both teams' bowl possibilities were whittled down slightly, with the Bruins projected to be headed toward the Alamo Bowl and the Trojans on their way to the Holiday Bowl, according to SB Nation's latest slate of bowl projections.

The Bruins' 38-28 victory gave them the Pac-12 South division title, and with it, a berth in the Pac-12 Championship Game. Certainly, a victory in that game, whether it comes against the Oregon Ducks or Stanford Cardinal, would change the outlook of these bowl projections.

But as it stands now, the newly energized Bruins look to be on their way to the Alamo Bowl as the bowl has the Pac-12's No. 2 pick.

The Trojans, on the other hand, have seen their stock slip significantly, and look to be headed to the Holiday Bowl as the Pac-12's No. 3 pick. The Trojans are expected to face the Baylor Bears in the long-time bowl.

The projections from Jason Kirk have two Pac-12 teams headed to the BCS, so UCLA's selection by the Alamo Bowl is in fact the No. 3 pick and the Trojans' pick by the Holiday Bowl would be the No. 4 pick.