Oregon controls its own destiny. If they treat every game like a Super Bowl they’ll be competing in the BCS National Championship.
Last week Colorado became the first Pac-12 team to be bowl ineligible (you must be at least .500 by seasons end. This week Cal and Washington State are on the cliffs edge; one loss and they’re not eligible for a bowl game. I’m calling losses for both teams.
Last week Arizona pulled off big a big upset over USC (ya, I called it) and the race for the Pac-12 South division is wide open. Arizona, ASU, USC, and UCLA all have shot at the Pac-12 South title. This week both ASU and Arizona can insure their trip to the post season with a win.
As for Utah, their late season campaign to go bowling relies on the weakness of their remaining schedule. Utah must win at least 3 of its last 4 games (WSU, Washington, Arizona, Colorado) to go bowling. Since 3 of Washington’s last 4 games are on the road they have to learn to play football on the road if they want to go bowling.
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Oregon 56 USC 23
Oregon beat Arizona 49-0 and Arizona beat USC 39-36. Oregon’s defense is incredible and USC’s is mediocre at best. Matt Barkley has been inconsistant all season and Marcus Mariota gets better every week. Oregon has some of the best running backs in college football, while USC’s running backs are not producing. Oregon will dominate USC in every phase of the game. The men of Troy fall hard. Ducks win.
Oregon State 33 Arizona State 20
Both these teams need this win badly. ASU is on a downward spiral following the Oregon game and the Beavers still have a shot at the Rose Bowl, which they haven’t played in since 1965, if they can right the ship. Cody Vaz will be starting for the Beavers because of Mannion’s rusty and horrible performance last week. Both teams will play well, and Vaz will lead the Beavs to victory.
Arizona 40 UCLA 33
A blowout win over Washington, and a come from behind win against USC has the Wildcats hot right now. Can they sustain the heat? They’ve played incredibly well since their embarrassing game at Autzen. UCLA seems to have peaked in its thrilling win versus Nebraska. Can they regain their swagger? Not against Zona.
Washinton 30 Cal 14
Washington still hasn’t had a W on the road, but Cal is imploding. The Huskies got their best win of the year last week when they ruined the Beavers’ BCS hopes. They have the momentum and they’ve proved they can beat good teams. If they beat Cal on the road the Huskies could have an 8-win season. The one thing you can count on the Cal Bears for is lose to a team who hasn’t won on the road yet.
Utah 45 Washington State 21
Utah played one of it’s best games of the season last week and they need to bring momentum and their continual improvements to this matchup. Utah can’t slip up against a feisty Cougars team who made Stanford work for their victory. Utah’s home field advantage and growing talent will be too much for the cougars in the end.
Stanford 50 Colorado 21
ASU, USC, and Oregon have all scored at least 50 points on the lowly Buffaloes. Now the beleaguered Buffs return home to play Stanford, who will put 50 more on them. Stanford let WSU get a little too close last week (they only beat the Cougs by 7). Expect the Cardinal to be ready. Colorado should just skip preparing for Stanford and Arizona (next week) and get ready for a home game with Washington who hasn’t played well on the road.