There are key matchups in Week 10 of the college football season with two Pac-12 contests carrying title game implications on both sides of the standings. Here’s a look at the rundown of conference games with all teams in action.
UCLA BRUINS (4-4, 2-3 Pac-12) vs. UTAH UTES (4-4, 1-4 Pac-12)
Friday, Nov. 3 | 7:30 pm MT | TV: FOX Sports 1
UCLA-Utah is an early game with national television coverage, but it might not live up to the hype because it features two teams with fractured seasons. UCLA has one of the best quarterbacks in the nation in Josh Rosen, although it doesn’t show any difference in the win-loss column. The future NFL draft prospect continues to climb in the Bruins record book, needing 237 yards, 127 total yards and 24 completions to top each category. Utah’s slide hit four straight last week with a 41-20 loss to Oregon. The Utes can get back on track against the struggling Bruins team, seeking just their second conference win on the season.
No. 22 STANFORD CARDINAL (6-2, 5-1 Pac-12) vs. No. 25 WASHINGTON STATE COUGARS (7-2, 4-2 Pac-12)
Saturday, Nov. 4 | 1:30 pm MT | TV: FOX
It’s another week for Bryce Love to put on a show in the 2017 Heisman race. He leads FBS with an average of 198.1 yards per game and the stats are incredible. Love has rushed for 100 yards or more along with at least one touchdown in every game this season — even more impressively, his season low is 147 yards. According to coach David Shaw, Love’s status is a game-time decision following an ankle injury suffered against Oregon. Love being out could put Stanford’s five game winning streak in jeopardy this week against a strong Washington State defense. The Cougars were gashed by Khalil Tate in a loss to Arizona, but they could regather themselves back into the discussion for the Pac-12 North. A win here would put the Cougars past the Cardinal in the standings and they would be one step closer to a possible conference title appearance.
OREGON STATE BEAVERS (1-7, 0-5 Pac-12) vs. CALIFORNIA BEARS (4-5, 1-5 Pac-12)
Saturday, Nov. 4 | 3:00 pm MT | TV: Pac-12 Network
Oregon State took Stanford down to the wire, but failed to hold off a late surge from Cardinal QB Keller Chryst in the 15-14 loss. Beavers interim coach Cory Hall has guided the team in a better direction since Gary Andersen’s departure three weeks ago, though they are still being winless in conference play. Hall has presented a solid case to removing the interim title, but might have to wait until next year for better luck. California is trying to stay alive needed two wins for the postseason and is likely to pick up a win in this meeting.
COLORADO BUFFALOES (5-4, 2-4 Pac-12) vs. ARIZONA STATE SUN DEVILS (4-4, 3-2 Pac-12)
Saturday, Nov. 4 | 7:00 pm | TV: Pac-12 Networks
A successful week put Colorado at the 700-win mark in school history, becoming the 25th team to reach that milestone. Phillip Lindsay is currently third in the nation with 1,254 rushing yards as he continues to etch his name in CU’s record book. He’s not the only one contributing to the Buffs offense. Steven Montez responded in a huge way after being challenged by Sam Noyer for his starting position. Montez has not thrown an interception in 134 passing attempts and can top Sefo Liufau’s record mark of 152 this week. Manny Wilkins has thrown for 250+ yards in five games this season and ASU’s offense as a whole has been consistent in the red zone converting on all but one drive (24-of-25) with 19 touchdowns.
OREGON DUCKS (5-4, 2-4 Pac-12) vs. 12 WASHINGTON HUSKIES (7-1, 4-1 Pac-12)
Saturday, Nov. 4 | 8:00 pm MT | TV: FOX Sports 1
Washington must take care of business and avoid Oregon as a trap opponent at home. The Ducks are on the bubble for the postseason and need an upset to prove themselves as a more qualified option to potential bowl suitors. Royce Freeman rushed for 100+ yards for the 28th time of his career last week against Utah and he’s six touchdowns shy of setting the Pac-12 record with 60. The Huskies are ramping up for next Friday’s matchup at Stanford (8:30 pm MT/ TV: FS1) with the winner taking control of the North division. Washington defense has been incredible this season as they rank second in the nation in total defense by holding opponents to an average of 12.1 points per game.
No. 22 ARIZONA WILDCATS (6-2, 4-1 Pac-12) vs. No. 17 USC TROJANS (7-2, 5-1 Pac-12)
Saturday, Nov. 4 | 8:45 pm MT | TV: ESPN
This week’s ‘Pac-12 After Dark’ will be a good one. Arizona has won four straight since Khalil Tate took over at quarterback for the injured Brandon Dawkins against Colorado. He’s accounted for 1,583 yards of total offense and 14 total touchdowns and he’s averaging over 200 yards rushing since taking over the starting job. A victory over USC could mean more nation attention and it would give the Wildcats the opportunity to control their own destiny in the South division. USC has been exposed by Washington State and Notre Dame in recent weeks, but they may have gotten back on track in their domination of Utah last week. Sam Darnold puts his perfect 10-0 home record as a starter on the line and this game looks to be a superb quarterback battle.