Well the inaugural BCS Standings were released yesterday, and there were three Pac-12 teams in the top 10. Of course everyone expected USC and Oregon to be there to start the year, but few saw Oregon State, who is currently ranked #8. All three teams appear to be contenders, and the Pac-12 just keeps looking solid ever single week. Let’s take a closer look.
#20 Stanford (4-2) had a chance to make a huge statement at #5 Notre Dame (6-0), but they ultimately fell short 20-13 in overtime. It was a disappointing offensive effort for the Cardinal, who looked to have gotten robbed on the final call. The officials determined that Stefan Taylor did not break the plane on 4th and goal, but it looks clear in the replay that he did on a second effort. How that play was not look at and overturned I will never know.
#10 USC (5-1) were in control the entire game against Washington (3-3), but were never able to pull away on the scoreboard. The Trojans went scoreless in the second half, but their defense made up for it, by securing a 24-14 game. It was a great defensively for Trojan fans, but the inability to score in the 2nd half is alarming. Not to mention Matt Barkley only completing 10 passes in the whole game.
#8 Oregon State (5-0) held on in a tough road test at BYU (4-3), winning 42-24. BYU was a popular upset pick, after Oregon State lost starting QB Sean Mannion to an injury the week before. The Beavers are in the middle of the soft part of the schedule, and may be able to figure things out offensively before their next big test: Stanford next month.
In the other three games, Arizona State (5-1) beat up on Colorado (1-5) 51-17, Cal (3-4), won their second straight game over Washington State (2-5) 31-17, and UCLA (5-2) held on 21-14 against Utah (2-4). Arizona and Oregon were idle.
We have one huge Thursday night matchup that headlines another round of Pac-12 play this week. Washington State and UCLA will have a week to kick back and relax while their various rivals do battle.
#3 Oregon at Arizona State– Oregon has only played one road game so far this year, and that was against Pac-12 bottom feeder Washington State. This could cause some problems early on for Oregon, as Arizona State has one of the bigger home field advantages in the conference. I’d love to pull an upset here, and crazy things happen on Thursday nights, but Oregon has too much here I think. Realistically, USC seems to be the only team that can knock the Ducks off.
Oregon wins 37-27.
USC opens up as 40 point favorites against Colorado, and while I don’t expect USC to really threaten that line, I expect them to cruise to a four touchdown victory for a field day in the Coliseum. The Big Game is going on at Stanford this weekend, and I’m leaning towards the Cardinal here. Flat out, they are the better team, and as USC knows all too well, it’s tough to beat them at the Farm. I also like Oregon State to stay undefeated with a win over Utah, and for Arizona to snap a three game losing streak with a home win over Washington.
Lastly, we have our Play of the Day in the Pac-12, and it comes from Oregon State’s Jordan Poyer. The Beavers were on their way to a win, up 35-24, when Poyer sealed it with a pick-6. However, it was a very interesting interception. Check it out below.
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Pretty crazy right? What do you think of three Pac-12 teams in the BCS Top 10? Does Oregon State have a legitimate shot at the Pac-12 title? Let us know what you think in the comments!