We have clear frontrunners for the Pacific-12 Conference Championship Game on December 6 in Santa Clara, CA, and the other nine teams are all playing catch up at this point. For Oregon, USC, and Utah, however, it’s a race to stay on top.
Yes, the Ducks already may have wrapped up the North Division, for they hold a commanding two-game lead over the Beavers. USC and Utah are tied for the South Division lead, one game ahead of three other teams, and the Trojans do have the tiebreak on the Utes.
Oregon State and Washington have the week off, presumably to ponder their futures. But the other 10 teams are in action as follows! Let’s see if we can build on our 40-19 record overall this season with these guesses …
Southern California at Colorado (6 pm Friday): The Buffaloes are at home, licking their wounds after consecutive blowouts road losses to Oregon and Washington State, respectively. Meanwhile, the Trojans are a bit rejuvenated, thanks to their blowout win over Arizona last week. Momentum matters. USC 35, Colorado 24.
Arizona at Stanford (12:30 pm Saturday): These teams are the definition of mediocrity in the Conference of Champions right now. Does anyone really care what happens in this game, outside of the respective fan bases? Not really. The Cardinal need three more wins to get bowl eligible, and the Wildcats need just two more victories for the same. Look for the home team to scrape this one out. Stanford 31, Arizona 28.
No. 24 Arizona State at UCLA (4:30 pm Saturday): This feels like a trap game for the Sun Devils, coming off a thumping at Utah. On the surface, it should be a blowout for ASU, but … Herm Edwards. The Bruins are confident and rested, since beating Stanford on the road a week ago. This is the upset pick of the week. UCLA 28, Arizona State 24.
California at No. 12 Utah (7 pm Saturday): There will be no upset in Salt Lake City. The Golden Bears got their two road upsets already this year, and a third is improbable. The Utes have a goal in sight, and it involves a potential conference title and College Football Playoff berth. Nothing is going to stand in the way of that this weekend. Utah 28, California 10.
Washington State at No. 11 Oregon (7:30 pm Saturday): This is a revenge game for the Ducks after the Cougars ambushed them last year in Pullman on ESPN in front of the first-ever Gameday audience at WSU. Furthermore, somehow, Oregon has not beaten the Cougars since 2014. What is up with that? This could get ugly. Oregon 48, Washington State 24.
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