This weekend's set of Pac-12 games doesn't include any games between ranked teams, but some of the conference's top teams may be challenged nevertheless.
We have a nice full slate this week with all 12 teams playing. There isn't a marquee game here, as none of the games includes more than one ranked team, but that just means that we're going to have a whole bunch of chances to see an upset. Here's the schedule for the weekend:
USC Trojans (6-2, 3-2 Pac-12) vs. Colorado Buffaloes (1-8, 0-5 Pac-12), 7:00 p.m. MT Friday, ESPN - The Trojans are coming off a disappointing loss to Stanford from last week, but they should be able to stop the bleeding against a hapless Buffaloes team on Friday. The Buffaloes have lost six games in a row, including their last four losses by an average of over 36 points per game.
Stanford Cardinal (8-0, 6-0 Pac-12) vs. Oregon State Beavers (2-6, 2-3 Pac-12), 1:30 p.m. MT, ABC - No. 4 Stanford hopes to continue its run towards a possible national title by beating Oregon State on Saturday. Last Saturday's win against USC was the first time all year that Stanford has won a game by less than 30 points.
Washington State Cougars (3-5, 1-4 Pac-12) vs. California Golden Bears (4-4, 1-4 Pac-12), 4:30 p.m. MT - Washington State has lost four consecutive games after a solid start to the season, but they also faced two top-10 teams (Stanford, Oregon) during that span. California has had similar issues of late, losing four of their past five. Both teams are among the top-30 passing offenses in the nation, though, so expect a good deal of passing yards on Saturday.
Utah Utes (4-4, 1-4 Pac-12) vs. Arizona Wildcats (2-6, 1-5 Pac-12), 5:00 p.m. MT - It seemed like Arizona may have been turning a corner when they crushed UCLA at home on Oct. 20, but last Saturday's tough loss to Washington signals otherwise. The Wildcats still have one of the nation's top quarterbacks in Nick Foles, but they're actually facing one of the nation's better defenses from Utah.
Arizona State Sun Devils (6-2, 4-1 Pac-12) vs. UCLA Bruins (4-4, 3-2 Pac-12), 5:30 p.m. MT, Versus - As bad as UCLA looked against Arizona in that loss a couple weeks ago, they're still a reasonably good team that should challenge Arizona State on Saturday. The No. 19 Sun Devils have only lost games to Illinois and Oregon this season, though, so the Bruins are going to have to play at a high level.
Oregon Ducks (7-1, 5-0 Pac-12) vs. Washington Huskies (6-2, 4-1 Pac-12), 8:30 p.m. MT - This is essentially the biggest game of the weekend for the conference, so it's conveniently the finale as the day's final Pac-12 game. Oregon has some serious momentum these days, having won seven games in a row since losing their season opener to LSU. The Huskies should provide a challenge, though. Their only two losses this year have been to then-No. 11 Nebraska and then-No. 8 Stanford, and quarterback Keith Price is one of the more underrated players in the country.
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