With conference play underway, the Huskies and Cardinal are setting themselves up for a date to potentially determine the Pac-12 North while the South division remains wide open with Arizona currently holding the lead.
1] Washington Huskies (3-1, 2-0) —
Taken to the wire against the pesky Sun Devils, the Huskies held on for a 27-20 victory. Remaining undefeated against conference foes is vital for Washington, as they have the ambitions of getting back into the playoff picture. A convincing victory against the 20th ranked Brigham Young Cougars would help boost their odds.
2] Stanford Cardinal (4-0, 2-0) —
Coming back for an overtime win in Autzen, the Cardinal are keeping pace with the Huskies in the division. With a trip against the 8th ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish on the horizon, the Cardinal will look to boost their own resume and make the committee think about giving them an opportunity.
3] Oregon Ducks (3-1, 0-1) —
Unable to put Stanford away after having them on the ropes, the Ducks fall just behind in their hopes for winning the division. However, not out of it just yet, Oregon needs to keep their focus with a trip to Cal looming.
4] Cal Golden Bears (3-0, 0-0) —
Coming off a bye week, the Bears should be well prepared to take on an Oregon side coming off a close defeat. Interesting to see if the week off helps Cal’s preparation to upset the Ducks, or if it causes them to come off rusty.
5] Colorado Buffaloes (3-0, 0-0) —
A bye week after three relatively easy games, the Buffaloes may not have seen the advantage of the week off as some other sides. With the struggling Bruin cubs coming to town, there’s little reason to believe that Colorado doesn’t improve to 4-0.
6] Arizona State Sun Devils (2-2, 0-1) —
Went into Washington and stood toe to toe with the Huskies, losing by a single score to follow the close defeat against the San Diego State Aztecs. A bounce here and there, and the sun Devils could be sitting at 4-0. Instead, they look to end their two-game skid with the Oregon State Beavers coming into town.
7] USC Trojans (2-2, 1-1) +2
Edged out the Cougars by a field goal at the Coliseum, USC will look to string together a winning streak with a trip to the Old Pueblo coming up. Considered to be the favorites in the Pac-12 South, the Trojans remain in control of their own destiny, however, they can’t afford any slip-ups.
8] Utah Utes (2-1, 0-1) -1
A bye week after a tough home loss to Washington, the Utes have had ample time to prepare for a trip up to Pullman and the Washington State Cougars. With the Pac-12 South wide open, a victory here would give Utah a nice boost.
9] Washington State Cougars (3-1, 0-1) -1
A tough loss in Southern California against the Trojans, the Cougars can’t dwell on the defeat with the Utes coming into town. Safe to say, the easy early schedule hasn’t paid any sort of dividends for Wazzou.
10] Arizona Wildcats (2-2, 1-0) +1
Sitting atop the Pac-12 South, for the time being, the Wildcats took care of the Beavers and could give themselves some nice breathing room if they are able to upset USC. It won’t be easy, but one thing is for certain, Kevin Sumlin is playing to win.
11] Oregon State Beavers (1-3, 0-1) -1
After a tough loss in Nevada, the Beavers weren’t able to contain the Wildcats in Corvallis, losing big. Heading down to Tempe, the odds of the Beavers netting a victory doesn’t seem likely.
12] UCLA Bruins (0-3, 0-0) —
Baby Bruins got a week off to asses the situation, aiming for the first victory in the Chip Kelly-era. A tough early schedule should pay dividends in the long run, though, it’s may not be likely that the Bruins will get the first victory in Colorado.