Time flies in college football, doesn’t it? Seems like just yesterday the season was starting. Now, we’re closing in on the end game, both in the Pacific-12 Conference and nationally. The College Football Playoff becomes more real each week.
In the Conference of Champions right now, it’s all about the Washington State Cougars, surprisingly enough. WSU is the only team in the league with a chance at the CFP, but the Cougs will have to win their remaining four Pac-12 games and the conference title game in order to have a legit shot.
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Colorado at Arizona (7:30 pm Friday): The Buffaloes are reeling after last week’s home loss to Oregon State where they blew a 28-point lead, while the Wildcats may have finally found some momentum after torching Oregon by 29 points. See where this is going? All signs point to Arizona winning this one at home and staying alive in the South Division despite an overall 4-5 record. Yeah, let that sink in for a moment. We’re calling a stop to this nonsense right here. Colorado 28, Arizona 27.
No. 15 Utah at Arizona State (1 pm Saturday): The Utes control their own destiny to reach the Pac-12 title game, and the Sun Devils have been inconsistent this season. Utah has won four straight since losing its first two conference games to the Washington schools, and it has looked good doing it. ASU got a big road win last week at USC, but all four of their losses have com by just a touchdown margin. Look for the same here. Utah, 27, Arizona State 20.
UCLA at Oregon (4:30 pm Saturday): Is this the Chip Kelly Bowl? The former Ducks coach that led the team to the 2010 BCS “title” game returns for the first time to Autzen Stadium since leaving Oregon for the NFL way back when. The Ducks are in a daze after that loss to Arizona last week, while the Bruins got hosed at home by the Utes. Oregon is the better team, and it’s at home. That should be enough. Oregon 41, UCLA 31.
Stanford at Washington (6 pm Saturday): It is somewhat hard to believe that neither team is ranked for this matchup, which most of us would have predicted before the season started would decide the North Division. Oh well. Both teams now trail WSU in the division, so this is an elimination game, really. The loser will have no shot at the conference championship. The winner still will have something to play for as the season winds down. This comes down to pride—and coaching. Washington 24, Stanford 17.
USC at Oregon State (7 pm Saturday): On paper, this should be a blowout, but the Trojans are just 4-4 this year since they don’t play games on paper … old joke, we know. The Beavers played the half of their lives last week in Colorado, and they’re due for a letdown in this one, even if it is at home. Will the real USC please stand up? The Trojans were ranked 15th in the preseason, after all. USC 27, Oregon State 10.
California at No. 10 Washington State (7:45 pm Saturday): It is going to be cold, rainy, and wet on Saturday night in Pullman. Does that slow down the Cougars? The Golden Bears have to feel good after beating the Huskies last time out, but this WSU team is at home, and it will be ready for Cal. Washington 38, California 24.
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