The Pac-12 Conference is heating up as the weather starts to cool down. A few early contenders have become pretenders - but, mostly what the league looks like is a very strong and fairly balanced conference with almost anyone on the schedule able to beat another on a given weekend. With that said, let's take a quick look at each game for week six, including a big Thursday night affair between the University of Southern California Trojans and Utah Utes.
#13 USC Trojans (3-1, 1-1 in Pac-12) at the Utah Utes (2-2, 0-1) - This set up early on to be the game of the year in the South Division, and it still could have ramifications on the championship and bowls; but, most thought that both of these teams would be undefeated at this point. The Utes have had an abysmal time moving the ball while the vaunted Trojan offense has been average. Still the athletes on USC will help them prevail by a couple touchdowns or more. (See related articles)
Arizona Wildcats (3-2, 0-2) at the #18 Stanford Cardinal (3-1, 1-1) - The reality for the Wildcats and new head coach Rich Rodriguez is this team still is in the rebuilding mode. This is a classic offensive team versus defensive team and we know how that usually ends. The Cardinal win by a couple touchdowns - and Arizona may be shutout ... again.
Washington State Cougars (2-3, 0-2) at the #14 Oregon State Beavers (3-0, 2-0) - So the Beavers are for real, huh? It would appear so, which means head coach Mike Riley will be coaching in Corvallis for a while longer. The Cougars offense is starting to click under new head coach Mike Leach but without a defense to stop Oregon State, the Beavers will triumph by a couple touchdowns.
#25 UCLA Bruins (4-1, 1-1) at the California Golden Bears (1-4, 0-2) - This battle of the two largest universities in the state will see one team on the upswing (that would be the Bruins) and the other team going down in flames (that would be the Bears). Jeff Tedford is definitely on the hot seat and it will be broiling after they lose to rival UCLA by a touchdown.
#23 Washington Huskies (3-1, 1-0) at the #2 Oregon Ducks (5-0, 2-0) - The Huskies had a huge win for their program with the victory over Stanford last Thursday. But does anyone have an answer for stopping the Ducks offense? Just think of this scenario: Washington upsets Oregon - the Huskies already beat Stanford and would have the inside track for the North Division crown. Washington has some nice pieces in place but they aren't at the Ducks level yet, so Oregon will romp in Eugene by three touchdowns of more.
Arizona State Sun Devils and the Colorado Buffaloes have a bye as each prepares for their Thursday night game the following week. Upsets this week will be at a premium as I don't see any surprises in week six.
Sources - Pac-12 Conference
Daryle lived in Los Angeles Ca. most of his life and has been a longtime fan of USC and the Pac-12, having closely followed the Trojans since he was just a youngster. Fight On!
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