Can the Pacific-12 Conference avoid the fate of the “unprepared” teams the last few weeks, like Georgia, Wisconsin, and Oklahoma? All those teams crawled into the Top 5 nationally only to be upset by unranked teams. Now, it’s both Oregon and Utah in the Top 10 for the first time this season and facing challenges from unranked conference foes.
Ironically, the Ducks can do the Utes a favor by beating USC this weekend, too, which would clear the pathway for both the division favorites to get to December 6 in Santa Clara with one-loss records. That would set up a huge opportunity for the Pac-12 to get into the College Football Playoff for the first time since 2016.
Let’s see if we can keep our big mo’ rollin’ this week after a perfect 5-0 mark last week that bumps us up to 45-19 overall in 2019. Here’s the way we see it going down this weekend in the Conference of (real NCAA) Champions!
No. 9 Utah at Washington (1 pm Saturday): What helps the Huskies here is the home field, although that hasn’t mattered in games against Cal and Oregon this year. However, that makes Washington even more dangerous against the Utes. The Utah squad is going to have to play its best game of the year to win this one in Seattle. Both teams are well coached; in fact, it’s probable these are the best two coaching staffs in the conference. It’s a coin flip game, and our hearts say something different than our brains. Washington 24, Utah 21.
Oregon State at Arizona (1:30 pm Saturday): On paper, the Beavers may be the better team, but this game is in Tucson, and that means the weather could mess with Oregon State. The Wildcats also have a shorter climb to bowl eligibility, and at home, they’re not going to want to waste this opportunity to get a fifth win. Arizona 34, Oregon State 31.
No. 7 Oregon at Southern California (5 pm Saturday): This is a nationally televised game on FOX, and it’s a chance for the Ducks to flex some muscle in the spotlight. But the Oregon defense has been reeling the last two weeks, with narrow escapes against Washington on the road and Washington State at home. You can bet the Ducks want to play better there, but the Trojans may be peaking right now—and they’re at home. Oregon 36, USC 33.
Colorado at UCLA (6 pm Saturday): The Buffaloes are in last place among South Division teams, and the Bruins are just one game behind the Trojans and the Utes for the top spot in the South. Don’t underestimate what that can mean for a team like UCLA right now, while Colorado continues to free fall once again. UCLA 32, Colorado 31.
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