It’s the second to last week of the regular season and the only ‘Power 5’ conference currently left out of the College Football Playoff discussion is the Pac-12. USC clinched the South Division with a win over Colorado last week. The Trojans will be joined by either Stanford, Washington or Washington State in Santa Clara for a championship meeting on Dec. 1.
Here’s a look at the action in the Pac-12 for week 11 with Colorado and No. 14 Washington State enjoying a bye week.
ARIZONA STATE SUN DEVILS (5-5, 4-3 Pac-12) vs. OREGON STATE BEAVERS (1-9, 0-7 Pac-12)
Saturday, Nov. 18 | 1 pm MT | TV: Pac12N
Arizona State is looking to become bowl eligible for the first time in three years and will have their best chance against the conference’s worst team. The red zone streak continues for the Sun Devils, who went 6-of-6 inside the 20 last week at UCLA. It moves ASU to 36-of-37 on the season, 2nd in FBS with the only possession that wasn’t converted coming at the end of the game vs. Washington. Oregon State is in danger of going winless in Pac-12 play for the second time in the past ten years. At this point, the Beavers should start focusing on next season and preparing for a new head coach to take over in Corvallis.
ARIZONA WILDCATS (7-3, 5-2 Pac-12) vs. OREGON DUCKS (5-5, 2-5 Pac-12)
Saturday, Nov. 18 | 5:00 pm MT | TV: PAC12N
Arizona’s powerful offensive attack rolls into Eugene, trying to deny the Ducks bowl eligibility in Willie Taggart’s first season at Oregon. Wildcats quarterback Khaili Tate has set fire to the record books since taking over for Brandon Dawkins and revived what was a dead season in the desert. Tate and Co. have rushed for 200+ yards in the past eight games along with a 534 yard performance last week vs. Oregon State. Doak Walker semifinalist Royce Freeman is approaching the end of his stellar career at Oregon. He’s rushed for 5,364 yards, second-best all-time in the Pac-12 and needs five touchdowns in the next two games to tie the conference record for rushing scores (Oregon State’s Ken Simonton- 59).
UCLA BRUINS (5-5, 3-4 Pac-12) vs. No. 11 USC TROJANS (9-2, 7-1 Pac-12)
Saturday, Nov. 18 | 6:00 pm MT | TV: ABC
UCLA hopes to earn a bowl bid in a battle of Southern California bragging rights. A number of NFL scouts will be on hand at the Coliseum to observe Josh Rosen’s performance against the Trojans defense. He’s thrown for 3,094 yards and 21 touchdowns this season as a key part of the Bruins offense. USC will represent the South Division in the Pac-12 Championship, but will need a lot of luck from others to have any chance at re-entering the playoff conversation. Sam Darnold returns home where he’s a perfect 11-0 as a starter (18-3 overall).
CALIFORNIA BEARS (5-5, 2-5 Pac-12) vs. No. 22 STANFORD CARDINAL (7-3, 6-2 Pac-12)
Saturday, Nov. 18 | 6:00 pm MT | TV: FOX
‘The Big Game’ celebrates it’s 120th anniversary this week with Stanford needing a win to keep their conference championship hopes alive. Bryce Love’s march toward being named a Heisman finalist continues to get stronger week after week. He leads the nation with 1,622 rushing yard and is third in touchdowns with a total of 15. Love has rushed for 150+ yards seven times this season. California is in need of one win to secure a bowl bid for the third time since 2011.
UTAH UTES (5-5, 2-5 Pac-12) vs. No. 18 WASHINGTON HUSKIES (8-2, 5-2 Pac-12)
Saturday, Nov. 18 | 8:30 pm MT | TV: ESPN
Utah heads to Seattle in search of their sixth win of the season, but might have to wait another week for the possibility of becoming bowl eligible. Washington needs to win out and have California beat Stanford in order for a return trip to Santa Clara. Jake Browning needs a touchdown pass in the next two games to break the Huskies all-time mark of 75 set by Keith Price (2010-13).