Another week of football in the conference of champions included a college football record breaking game by the University of Arizona’s Khalil Tate, as he rushed for 327 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Wildcats to a victory in Colorado. While the Washington schools are en route to a huge Apple Cup clash.
1] Washington Huskies (6-0, 3-0)
A dominant 38-7 victory over a retooling Cal side, the Huskies continued their route to a return to the College Football Playoffs. A trip to Tempe is on the slate, which could be a trap game for the defending conference champions. Jake Browning is having another spectacular year, having thrown for 14 touchdowns and only three picks.
2] Washington State Cougars (6-0, 3-0)
Wazzou went into Autzen and dismantled the Ducks, 33-10, holding them without a point for the final three quarters. Injuries for Oregon aside, Washington State continues to show that they have every intention of taking the Pac-12 North away from their rivals. Like Browning, Luke Falk is having a spectacular year, having thrown 19 touchdowns on the year to only two picks. A trip to California, for a Friday Night game should have Washington State continuing their run.
3] USC Trojans (5-1, 3-1)
A date versus Oregon State was just what the Trojans needed after a dissapointing loss in Pullman, and a 38-10 margin went ahead and did that. While USC is tied in the loss column with a good amount of the Pac-12 South division, they now hold a two game lead in the win column and have a huge clash against the Utes coming up before a date in South Bend against Notre Dame.
4] Stanford Cardinal (4-2, 3-1)
Stanford went into Utah and came out with a victory by three behind Bryce Love’s 20 rushes for 152 yards. With games against the Washington schools remaining, the Cardinal control their own destiny and still have a chance of winning the Pac-12 North. Oregon is coming into town and giving the Cardinal a premium opportunity to keep the wins adding up.
5] Utah Utes (4-1, 1-1)
Flip-flopping after the closs loss against Stanford, Utah has a vital trip to the Colliseam on the radar, in what is essentially a must win if they wish to win the Pac-12 South for the first time. The only team in the division yet to do so. The loss of Huntley has sputtured the offense and third-stringer Cooper Bateman may get the nod.
6] UCLA Bruins (3-2, 1-1)
Coming off a bye week, UCLA makes a trip to the Old Pueblo and will need to contain Khalil Tate if they wish to keep their hopes of coming out of the South alive. Josh Rosen is having a spectacular bounce back season, having thrown for 17 scores and five picks, he’ll need to keep the offense rolling to help the struggling defense.
7] Arizona Wildcats (3-2, 1-1)
Tate may have given Brandon Dawkins a permanent bench spot with his explosion against Colorado, keeping the Wildcats still in the hunt for the division title. Both of Arizona’s losses have come within one possession, losing by three against Houston and six against the Utes, both at home. Rich Rod can feel his seat cool down vastly if the Wildcats can contain Rosen and walk out with a win.
8] Oregon Ducks (4-2, 1-2)
Oregon seemed poised for an explosive comeback season, then, injuries occurred. An offense that scored no less than 35 all season, including 77 and 49-point outbursts, were held to just 10 as a result. A date with Stanford looms.
9] Arizona State Sun Devils (2-3, 1-1)
Coming off a bye week, the Sun Devils have had plenty of time to prepare for the dominant Huskies and try to pull the upset. Slowing down Browning and Gaskin won’t be easy for a side that is giving up an average of 34.4 points per night (Washington is scoring 43 a night), but then again, anything can occur. After Washington, Utah and USC await, giving the Sun Devils a chance to rise or freefall.
10] Colorado Buffaloes (3-3, 0-3)
Coming off consecutive losses by a combined seven points, the Buffaloes get the host the Oregon State Beavers in what should be their first conference victory. A year after getting to the Pac-12 title game, Colorado has put themselves in a tough spot to qualify for a bowl game.
11] California Golden Bears (3-3, 0-3)
After a good start with victories against North Carolina (1-5) and Ole Miss (2-3), the Bears are yet to win a game in conference play, which won’t change with Wazzou coming to town this week. At least they have Arizona, Colorado and Oregon State following up.
12] Oregon State Beavers (1-5, 0-3)
A new coach for the Beavers with Colorado coming to town in a battle of two teams without a conference win. Something’s got to give, and doubt it goes in Oregon State’s favor. The 28-point loss to USC was the Beavers closest loss all season.