Apple Cup could be special if these bowl projections stand up

Finding consensus on anything among 14 different people is rare.

But 14 college football media types all agree on this: At the halfway point of the season, the Washington Huskies are on track to make it to the College Football Playoff.

And a three of them even have the Washington State Cougars in the Rose Bowl.

In posting their weekly bowl projections, most of them expect Washington to face defending national champion Alabama in the Peach Bowl or Fiesta Bowl on New Year's Eve. Four have them facing Ohio State.

The Dawgs and Cougs are tied atop the Pac-12 North standings with a 3-0 conference record. UW is a perfect 6-0 overall while WSU is 4-2 after an inexplicable loss at home to Eastern Washington and a close loss at Boise State.

There is only one conceivable way the Huskies can get to the semifinal -- go undefeated in the Pac-12 and win the conference championship game. If they get into a crowded field of one loss teams, that loss could be fatal and may relegate them to the Rose Bowl.

And for the Huskies to reach the semis and the Cougars to reach the Rose Bowl, in the same year, there's really only one way that could happen. Both teams would need to go unbeaten all the way to the Apple Cup -- and the Huskies would need to win.

A close loss by the Cougs could keep them in the good graces of the selection committees and put them in the Rose Bowl. A blowout loss would probably land them in the Holiday or Alamo Bowl, as some others are projecting.

ESPN

Wash: Fiesta Bowl vs. Ohio State (Brett McMurphy);

           Fiesta Bowl vs. Ohio State (Mark Schlabach)

WSU: Rose Bowl vs. Michigan (Brett McMurphy);

          Holiday Bowl vs. Penn State (Mark Schlabach)      

USA TODAY

Wash: Peach Bowl vs. Alabama 

WSU: Holiday Bowl vs. Penn State

Sports Illustrated

Wash: Peach Bowl vs. Alabama 

WSU: Holiday Bowl vs. Indiana

Bleacher Report

Wash: Peach Bowl vs. Alabama 

WSU: (No predictions outside of the six major bowls)

FOX Sports

Wash: Peach Bowl vs. Ohio State 

WSU: (No predictions outside of the six major bowls)

CBS Sports

Wash: Peach Bowl vs. Alabama 

WSU: Foster Farms Bowl vs. Indiana

College Football News

Wash: Fiesta Bowl vs. Ohio State 

WSU: Rose Bowl vs. Michigan

Sporting News

Wash: Peach Bowl vs. Alabama 

WSU: Alamo Bowl vs. West Virginia

Athlon Sports

Wash: Peach Bowl vs. Alabama 

WSU: Alamo Bowl vs. Baylor

SB Nation

Wash: Peach Bowl vs. Alabama

WSU: Alamo Bowl vs. Texas

Gridiron Now

Wash: Peach Bowl vs. Alabama

WSU: Las Vegas Bowl vs. San Diego State

FanSided

Wash: Peach Bowl vs. Alabama 

WSU: (No predictions outside of the six major bowls)

247 Sports

Wash: Fiesta Bowl vs. Ohio State

WSU: Rose Bowl vs. Michigan

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