A week after the Washington schools dropped games, hurting chances of getting into the College Football Playoffs, USC had an opportunity to keep themselves in the conversation with a game in South Bend. Notre Dame had other plans, throttling the Trojans 49-14, putting the final nail in the coffin for the Pac-12.
Full of parity, here’s the latest rankings in the Conference of Champions.
1] Stanford Cardinal +1 (5-2, 4-1)
A bye week ended up working out for the Cardinal in more than one way. On top of some needed rest, they claim the top spot in this weeks edition, and with Oregon State coming to town, it isn’t likely they drop out of it. Bryce Love’s Heismann Campaign should get a boost versus the Beavers as well.
2] Washington State Cougars +3 (7-1, 4-1)
Just a week after putting up a meager three points against California, the Cougars offense entered the end zone four times, three behind throws by Luke Falk while the defense recovered well, shutting out the Buffaloes. With a trip to the Old Pueblo to face a Wildcat side with momentum will be fun to watch.
3] Washington Huskies — (6-1, 3-1)
With a bye week to reflect on the loss in Tempe, it’ll be interesting to see how the Huskies respond to the UCLA Bruins coming into town on Saturday afternoon. While playoff hopes are slashed, Washington needs to be ready every week if they want a trip to the Rose Bowl.
4] USC Trojans -3 (6-2, 4-1)
Playing Notre Dame was supposed to be a chance for USC, and the conference, to regain respect after the previous week. Well, USC didn’t hold their end of the bargain, getting demolished 49-14. With a trip to Tempe on the slate, the Trojans can’t have a slip up if they want to win the division.
5] Arizona State Sun Devils +2 (4-3, 3-1)
Going into Utah and walking out with a 30-10 victory puts the Pac-12 on notice that the Sun Devils upset over Washington wasn’t just a flash in the pan. After giving up an average of 36.4 points through the first four weeks, Arizona State has given up a combined 17 versus Washington and in Utah. With USC coming to town, the Devils can put themselves in prime position of winning the division.
6] Arizona Wildcats — (5-2, 3-1)
Khalil Tate ran for just 137 yards against California in a double overtime thriller, getting the Wildcats to a game away from bowl eligibility. The Cougars are coming to the Old Pueblom a perfect test to see just how real these Wildcats are.
7] UCLA Bruins +2 (4-3, 2-2)
UCLA contined its trend of being undefeated at home with a 31-14 victory over the Ducks behind it’s defense. Bolo Olorunfunmi took hurdling your defender to the next level by using the defense as a stepping stool. With five games remaining, including this weekend in Washington, at Utah, versus ASU, at USC and vs Cal, the Bruins opportunity to go bowling isn’t locked in.
8] California Golden Bears +1 (4-4, 1-4)
A week after holding Washington State to three points, Cal lost a thrilling double overtime match against the upstart Arizona Wildcats. A trip to Colorado is followed by a home team against Oregon State, a perfect chance to secure a bowl spot.
9] Utah -5 (4-3, 1-3)
Utah dropped a 30-10 result versus Arizona State, making it three consecutive losses for a team that thought it could hoist the Pac-12 South crown. A trip to Oregon follows a home date against UCLA and Washington State before going to Washington and closing against Colorado.
10] Oregon Ducks — (4-4, 1-4)
A tough loss at the Rose Bowl has the Ducks bracing for a home date against Utah.
11] Colorado Buffaloes — (4-4, 1-4)
Shut out by the Wildcats, doesn’t get easier with a home date against Cal.
12] Oregon State Beavers — (1-6, 0-4)
Oregon State going to Oregon State.