In a special presentation of the Pac-12 Football Review/Preview, we are going to take a look at the current position of each team and what they need to do to salvage a season and/or set the stage for any bowls they may be heading to, if applicable. We take a look at teach team’s remaining games and possible outcomes. With only one fourth of the regular season remaining, it is getting to crunch time for nearly every team. Without further ado, let’s test some stress!
Stanford (8-1, 6-1)
Vs Notre Dame
(Prediction, in order, of remaining games: Win, Win, Win) This looks like a pretty straight forward guess. A Bi-polar USC has no chance against the Cardinal, Cal has already lost and playing the Fighting Irish at Stanford…well, we can just give the Cardinal the Pac-12 championship right now. But we will not. If they do win out, there is the possibility they sneak in to the national championship spot. If not, they are a lock for the Rose Bowl. That Utah loss hurts a lot now, doesn’t it?
Oregon (8-1, 5-1)
Vs Oregon State
(W, W, W) The Ducks should win out, but if Stanford does too, well, I guess they could look forward to a BCS bowl. Heck, if Stanford does make it to the big game, why not have Oregon in the Rose Bowl?
Oregon State (6-3, 4-2)
(W, W, Loss) So that game one loss to FCS Eastern Washington looks really bad now. They could still qualify to be Pac-12 North Champ, but Stanford and Oregon would both have to lose two of their last three games and that is not going to happen.
Washington (6-3, 3-3)
At Oregon State
Vs Washington State
(L, L, W) They had it all, fame, national recognition and a top 25 spot, and then those pesky Cardinal and Ducks had to ruin everything. And those Sun Devils. And the defense. And the overall play calling. Still, Washington is in a tough spot and it may look like the days where the Huskies win any championship are still way off in the distance.
Washington State (4-5, 2-4)
(L, W, L) Well, they improved from last year. They are only two games from being bowl eligible and winning two of their last three does not seem like that big of a stretch, but it is Washington State.
Cal (1-9, 0-7)
(L, L) It is just over. Get the guys healthy for next season and hope some in-locker room shenanigans do not annihilate the football program.
Arizona State (7-2, 5-1)
Vs Oregon State
(L, L, W) The last three games will show the nation if ASU is a poser or a player. These are presumably the three toughest games of the season so far, not because of the level of their opponent, but because each opponent is fighting for as much success as ASU.
UCLA (7-2, 4-2)
(W, W, W) UCLA just appears to have a better package than ASU, but they are in the same situation as the Sun Devils. Their remaining opponents each have winning overall records, so this will not be easy. UCLA and ASU can write their own ticket to the Pac-12 Championship game, which makes next weekend’s battle between the two all the more crucial.
USC (7-3, 4-2)
(L, W, L) Are the Trojans really this good? The started 3-3 with one of those loses to WSU, but they are on a tear since they fired their old coach. Still, two of their toughest games remain, this weekend against Stanford and two weeks against cross town rival UCLA.
Arizona (6-3, 3-3)
Vs Washington State
(W, L, L) They can still make it to the Pac-12 Championship game, but that is if ASU, UCLA and USC have epic fails in their remaining games, plus, the Wildcats have to beat Arizona State. Hmmm…so, it looks like this is not the year for Arizona.
Utah (4-5, 1-5)
At Washington State
(L, L, W) It is realistic for the Utes to become bowl eligible which is the only attainable goal remaining. The definitely can revel in the moral victory of being the only team to beat potential Pac-12 Champs, Stanford, but that alone will not get you to a bowl.
Colorado (3-6, 0-6)
(W, L, L) Well, the good news is Colorado will have a conference win this season. Aside from that, hit the recruiting trail and set up the team for next season.
Washington 28, UCLA 42
WSU 17, Arizona 28
Utah 3, Oregon 45
Cal 17, Colorado 35
Stanford 28, USC 6
Oregon State 45, Arizona State 36
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