Well we were expecting a shootout in Los Angeles on Saturday when #4 Oregon and #17 USC, and we were not disappointed, as we saw one of the greatest offensive games in college football history. Or perhaps it was one of the worst defense games we’ve ever seen. Oregon won 62-51 behind 321 yards rushing and 5 TD’s from Kenjon Barner. Matt Barkley tried to answer with 484 yards and 5 TD’s of his own, but it just wasn’t enough. Tune in later this week as I will breakdown why I think Lane and Monte Kiffin should be fired when the season ends.
It’s been a rough few weeks for Arizona State. Just three weeks ago, they were 5-1, facing a huge home matchup against Oregon. However, they got beatdown in that game, and have since lost two more to drop their record to 5-4. The latest loss came against #11 Oregon State, as the Sun Devils fell 36-26. With the win, Oregon State is 7-1, and they too control their own destiny for the Pac-12 title, as they have a matchup with Oregon on the last week of the season.
In the most shocking result of the Pac-12, and perhaps all of college football, UCLA whipped Arizona 66-10, just one week after the Wildcats upset USC. UCLA was up 42-3 at halftime, and the game amazingly was never in question. Not only does this make USC”s loss looked infinitely worse, but all of a sudden, UCLA controls their own destiny for the Pac-12 Championship. With a game against cellar dweller Washington State next week, UCLA and USC will likely face off for a Championship game spot in two weeks.
In the other matchups of the week, #14 Stanford rolled over Colorado 48-0, Washington knocked off Cal 21-13, and Washington State showed how truly bad they are, getting blown out 49-6 by Utah.
Now, it’s time to take a look at next week’s matchups.
#14 Stanford (7-2) at #11 Oregon State (7-1)– This game could very well have some serious BCS implications. If Oregon wins out, there is a good chance, though not a lock, that they make the National Championship. If that’s the case, there will be an open slot in the Rose Bowl that will likely be filled by the next best Pac-12 team. With USC struggling at 5-3, this is the matchup that could very well determine it. However, both teams still have to play Oregon, meaning that things could change for the winner. Looking at this game though, I have to give the slight edge to Stanford, largely because of their defense, which is loaded with NFL prospects. They have one of the best front sevens in the nation, and I think they will shut down this Beaver offense. I think this one will be a defensive struggle, with one or two big offensive plays making the difference.
Stanford wins 17-13.
Arizona State (5-4) at USC (6-3)– All of a sudden, this game looks like it could actually be pretty competitive. Both teams are coming into this game struggling immensely, with USC losing their last two, while Arizona State has dropped three in a row. However, both of these teams have plenty to play for. At 3-3 in the Pac-12, the Sun Devils are just one UCLA loss from being tied in the Pac-12 South, while USC needs to win to keep their destiny in their hands. This has to be the game that USC gets their swagger back, and I think it could turn into a blowout fueled by the frustrations of the last two weeks. If SC struggles in this game, it could be one more nail in the coffin for the Kiffin duo.
USC wins 38-17.
The rest of the games on the Pac-12 slate look like they should be blowouts. Look for Oregon (9-0), to cruise against Cal (3-7), UCLA (7-2) to rout Washington State (2-7), Washington (5-4) to beat Utah (4-5), and Arizona (5-4) to take out some frustration on Colorado (1-8).
That wraps up our Pac-12 week in review? Can anyone stop Oregon this year? Who will win the Pac-12 South? Let us know what you think in the comments!