The results of this week set up great match-ups next week that could determine the eventual champions of the Pac-12 North and South.
1. Oregon (10-0) Last week’s position: 1
Cal gave Oregon a bit of a scare in the first half, but Oregon turned up the tempo in the second half (per usual…) and made it no contest. Alabama’s loss should but Oregon as one of the top two teams in the nation.
2. Stanford (8-2) Last week’s position: 3
Stanford pulled off another victory once again due mostly to their defense, beating Oregon State and setting up an intriguing matchup next week against Oregon.
3. Oregon State (7-2) Last week’s position: 2
Stanford gave up four turnovers to Oregon State, but the Beavers’ one fumble on their own 29 yard line with only five minutes left in the fourth quarter set Stanford up for the winning touchdown. Turning four turnovers into a mere field goal didn’t help Oregon State, either.
4. UCLA (8-2) Last week’s position: 4
UCLA takes care of Washington State, setting up a game against USC which could essentially determine the Pac-12 South Champion.
5. USC (7-3) Last week’s position: 5
After dropping two games in a row, the Trojans rebounded with a 38-17 victory over the slumping ASU Sun Devils. The game was not a pretty one to watch, but USC got the job done.
6. Arizona (6-4) Last week’s position: 6
Arizona rebounded against Colorado after being humiliated by UCLA. Without Matt Scott, Arizona’s Ka’Deem Carey took the game into his own hands and broke the Conference record for most rushing yards in a single game (366).
7. Washington (6-4) Last week’s position: 7
The Huskies’ took care of Utah at home.
8. Utah (4-6) Last week’s position: 8
Utah has not won a road game yet this season, and their game against Washington was no different. A game consisting of 188 yards of total offense, one converted third down out of thirteen attempts and two turnovers will not win the Utes very many games.
9. Arizona State (5-5) Last week’s position: 9
Since going 5-1 to start the season, ASU has lost four games in a row, dropping Saturday’s game against USC in an ugly game consisting of 9 total turnovers (USC had 5, ASU had 4). The Devils better snap out of it against Washington State next week, as a loss to the Cougars at home would not bode well for their plans to go bowling.
10. California (3-8) Last week’s position: 10
Cal made things interesting for Oregon for a couple of quarters, but just like everyone else, fell victim to the Ducks with the blink of an eye.
11. Washington State (2-8) Last Week’s position: 11
The Cougars had a late second half surge against UCLA, but fall short.
12. Colorado (1-8) Last week’s position: 12
Colorado as a team put up the second most points it has all season with 31, but Arizona’s Ka’Deem Carey as a single player put up five touchdowns. I’ll let you do the math.