Upsets on the road in the Pac-12 Conference are not unusual. The schools know each other so well, plus many players are former teammates, which gives the contests a different feel from a non-conference game. But, undoubtedly having a couple Top 10 teams go down is not exactly common fare for one weekend. Here's a brief look back at week nine.
UCLA Bruins 45 - Arizona State Sun Devils 43:
Both of these teams were in the running for the South Division title but realistically, the winner would have the upper hand, while the loser for all intents and purposes would be jockeying for a bowl game. Over 1,000 yards in offense later, the Bruins have the upper hand. The Sun Devils still haven't beaten a team with a winning record, although a wild fourth quarter was punctuated by a march down the field and a last second field goal for UCLA to stop Arizona State's chances.
#4 Oregon Ducks 70 - Colorado Buffaloes 14:
There's not much to say other than this was a mismatch. The Ducks led at halftime 56-0. These two clubs shouldn't be playing each other right now, it's not fair. Now, Oregon's focus shifts to playing at USC next week against a Trojan team that very well might be in a foul mood.
Arizona Wildcats 39 - #9 USC Trojans 36:
The Trojans dream season went up in flames on the road in the bright desert sky against the Wildcats. 1,200 yards in total offense went up and down the field including a staggering performance by USC wideout Marqise Lee in what may have been a Heisman Trophy type game. The sophomore had 345 yards in receptions and totaled 469 yards in offense. But mistakes by the Trojans including five turnovers proved costly in the loss - which in turn was a signature win for Rich Rodriguez's new program at Arizona.
#17 Stanford Cardinal 24 - Washington State Cougars 17:
The Cardinal won another ugly game where the defense was left to try and stop the Cougars head coach Mike Leach's Air Raid offense all day. And on top of that, Washington State held Stanford's vanilla offense to 256 total yards. Yet somehow, the Cardinal hung on and came out on top of a game that was not well played by either team.
Utah Utes 49 - California Golden Bears 27:
Thanks to kickoff return man Reggie Dunn plus three turnovers by the Bears, the Utes were able to blow this game open and cruised by the fourth quarter. It was Utah's first Pac-12 win of the year and keeps their slim bowl hopes alive. Once-again underachieving California scored their touchdowns when the game was already out of reach. Sitting squarely on a very hot seat - this loss may have signaled the end of the Jeff Tedford era.
Washington Huskies 20 - #7 Oregon State Beavers 17:
The Cinderella season for the Beavers came to an end on the road when the Huskies Jekyll and Hyde team played tough. Oregon State had a shot at the school's first 7-0 start but it wasn't to be. Also, it looks as if the Beavers may have a quarterback controversy with Sean Mannion and Cody Vaz. Mannion came back from an injury only to throw four interceptions and was replaced by his backup Vaz who came into to drive the team late in the fourth quarter for a touchdown.
The North has Oregon on top with Oregon State and Stanford still vying for a shot at the divisional crown. The UCLA Bruins may have the edge but the South Division will likely come down to the USC and UCLA matchup near the end of the season. Arizona State is still in the running but will need to go on the road to defeat USC in two weeks. There were four games and eight teams on the Pac-12 Network and yet again, many fans weren't able to watch the telecasts. The Pac-12 is seriously hurting themselves ... and their fans.
All 12 schools once more play each other this coming week starting with a Friday night game. Even though it's lost some of its luster, the big game of the week is the Oregon and USC contest.
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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