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12 Pac Review: UCLA Controls Its Own Destiny

Your weekly Pac-12 power rankings refuse to concede that UCLA is good.

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We finally have clarity in the South. If UCLA wins, they're in, and will play for the Pac-12 Championship. Lose, and it's the winner of the Territorial Cup between the Arizona schools. Both games will be at the same time, 12:30, making for some potentially interesting television. Meanwhile, the Civil War will be the prime time national game, because we all know who the nation really wants to see.


1. Oregon  (10-1, 7-1) 44-10 vs. Colorado

Marcus Mariota's probable home finale had fans a little teary eyed, and it was another vintage Mariota performance (24-32 passing, 3 TD, 73 yards rushing, 1 TD). Two games--the Civil War and a Pac-12 Championship Game, probably vs. UCLA, are all that stand between Mariota, a playoff berth, and a Heisman trophy.

2. Retired

3. Stanford (6-5, 4-4) 38-17 at Cal

It seemed like everything was all set up for Cal to finally regain the axe, but the Bears' defense is so bad that even Stanford's anemic offense sliced and diced its way through it. Stanford's defense stepped up when it needed to, picking off Cal quarterbacks four times. Stanford is now bowl eligible and hopes to be a spoiler for UCLA next week.

4. Washington (7-5, 3-5) 37-13 vs. Oregon State

Well on their way to the least impressive eight win season in Pac-10/12 history.

5. California (5-6, 3-6) 17-38 vs. Stanford

Cal finishes with a home game next week vs. BYU. They'll need that win to become bowl eligible

6. Oregon State (5-6, 2-6) 13-37 at Washington

The Beavers were unable to capitalize on any momentum from the Arizona State upset, falling down 17-0 to the Huskies early. The season will mercifully end for Oregon State next Saturday night.

7. Washington State (3-8, 2-6) 31-52 vs. Arizona State

You could go out and win an Apple Cup and totally redeem yourselves.


1. UCLA (9-2, 6-2) 38-20 vs. USC

Credit to UCLA, who keeps finding ways to win despite failing to wow me over. It was the Bruin defense that stole the show in this one, who sacked Cody Kessler six times and held the Trojans to 1.9 yards per carry. They should be licking their chops for the anemic Stanford offense next week.

2. Arizona (9-2, 6-2) 42-10 at Utah

RichRod found his offense again. Nick Wilson ran for 218 yards and the Wildcats had 298 rushing yards as a team. The questions for Arizona moving forward surround the loss of Anu Solomon, who left the game in a walking boot with a foot injury.

3. Arizona State (9-2, 6-2) 52-31 vs. Washington State

Wazzu played tough for three quarters, and ASU crushed them in the fourth. We're looking at the most meaningful Territorial Cup in a long time.

4. Utah (7-4, 4-4) 10-42 vs. Arizona

Utah's season appears headed off a cliff. That Colorado game looks a lot more ominous than it once did.

5. USC (7-4, 6-3) 20-38 at UCLA

The Trojans went into full Boston College mode vs. UCLA. The rule of Seven Win Sark says they'll lose next week vs. Notre Dame, too.

6. Colorado (2-9, 0-8) 10-44 at Oregon

"I was expecting the Rocky Mountains to be a little rockier than this." "I was thinking the same thing. That John Denver's full of shit, man."

Next Week

Arizona State at Arizona

Oregon at Oregon State

BYU at California

Stanford at UCLA

Utah at Colorado

Notre Dame at USC

Washington at Washington State