The Pac-12 got a little crazy last week as UCLA lost to USC, Oregon lost to both Stanford and Cal, ASU lost to Washington and Arizona swept both Washington schools. The results leave Oregon and Arizona tied for first place (however, Oregon effectively has the tie breaker because Oregon beat Arizona in the head-to-head) while UCLA and Arizona State now trail by one game. Here is a look at these teams’ remaining difficult games.
Oregon saw how important Dominic Artis is to their team–without him, they lost to two subpar teams in the Pac-12. One could argue that every game remaining on the Ducks’ schedule will be difficult in his absence. With or without Artis, however, we can safely say that this week’s game against Colorado at home, Washington on the road and Colorado on the road will all be difficult games for Oregon to pull off.
Arizona’s win against Washington was not pretty, but a road win does not have to be, and their dominating victory over Washington State puts the Wildcats right back in the fight. Arizona’s games against Washington and Arizona State at home should not be difficult if the Wildcats come to play, but their games against Colorado and UCLA on the road will not be easy.
The Bruins are a hard team to figure out, and that’s not suprising considering their youth. After a statement making win over Arizona, UCLA’s wheels have fallen off with back to back losses to Arizona State and USC. If they can get it back together, UCLA should only have some trouble against Arizona at home and Washington on the road.
Arizona State has the most difficult road of them all with three tough road games against Colorado, UCLA and Arizona. Their game against Washington at home won’t be easy either.