The Conference of (real NCAA) Champions just continues to perplex in 2019 when it comes to football. We saw a big upset in Week 6, and it changes the entire landscape of the struggling Pacific-12 right now.
The league is down to only four teams with one loss, three of which are ranked nationally between No. 13 and No. 18—but really, only Oregon and Utah have a legitimate shot at winning out and claiming a College Football Playoff berth. That’s the state of the league right now.
A 1-3 record from last week’s guesses—and at this point, we need to simply call them guesses—leaves our rough, overall season mark at 31-17 right now. That’s how crazy the Pac-12 is at the moment.
Now, onto what happened last week, and oh boy, was it crazy!
What Pac-12 team’s fans will be happy?
Well, how about the Arizona Wildcats and their 4-1 start to the season, which includes a 2-0 conference record. We don’t expect it to last, for six of Arizona’s final seven games are against league foes that went to bowl games last season. However, for now, the Wildcats are sitting atop the South Division after a 35-30 win at Colorado on Saturday. Arizona has one win over a non-conference team from a power conference, too.
What Pac-12 team’s fans will be mad?
The Washington Huskies were huge favorites over the Stanford Cardinal last week, but they got their butts kicked by a team that had gotten its butt kicked repeatedly in September. Now, Washington is already 1.5 games behind Oregon in the North Division, and its prospects for repeating as conference champion are dimming. The Huskies are now unranked for the first time this season and can only play spoiler from here on out.
Big Performers of the Week
Arizona quarterback Khalil Tate completed 31 of 41 pass attempts for 404 yards and three touchdowns in the Wildcats’ win over the Buffs. He also added 23 yards rushing. He also engineered the fourth-quarter comeback in a seesaw game where the lead changed ten times.
Stanford held Washington to under 300 yards total offense, and a big reason why was Cardinal linebacker Curtis Robinson. He made eight tackles and had one pass defensed, too. Stanford’s defense was all over the Huskies offense, holding Washington to just 16 completions.
Unlucky Team of the Week
Maybe it’s California. Just two weeks ago, the Golden Bears were 4-0 and ranked No. 15 in the country. Now, after two losses to ranked teams, both by ten points or less, Cal is buried in fourth place among North Division teams. The Bears aren’t unlucky in the sense of the games going wrong, per se, but they’ve just been snake bit after a successful start to the 2019 season.
Big picture heading into Week 7
Southern California travels to South Bend to take on the No. 9 Notre Dame Fighting Irish in a game that will garner a lot of national attention, despite the Trojans’ mediocre 3-2 start to the season. Otherwise, the conference slate features four games, including the Huskies at the Wildcats, where Washington is in a must-win situation as Arizona tries to stay atop the South Division.
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