NCAA Football

Pac-12 power rankings after week 12

Oregon State (5-5, 2-4) put an end to the playoff Arizona State’s (8-2, 5-2) playoff hopes with a 35-27 victory in Reeser Stadium — aka “the stadium of broken dreams”. The Beavers’ victory was clinched when Michael Doctor intercepted a Taylor Kelly pass and returned it 35-yards to the endzone.

Storm Woods celebrates

Storm Woods celebrates after scoring a touchdown. Woods has been key to the revival of OSU’s rushing attack. (Courtesy of Bleacher Report)

The game winning pick-six came on ASU’s first play after forcing an Oregon State punt. There was a lot of outrage that the Beavers were punting the ball on 4th and 1 with less than three minutes left in the game, and OSU up by one. But it didn’t matter in the end, as Kelly pass  — on the play immediately after the punt — was picked off by Doctor and returned to the house.

Arizona State’s playoff hopes were officially came to an end when Doctor crossed the goal line. The Sun Devils also in need of help if they are to repeat as Pac-12 South champions, and face the Oregon Ducks in the Pac-12 Championship game. ASU has gone from playoff contender, to needing a miracle to defend its division title…ouch.

For the Beavers, this game brings back to life their hopes for a bowl game. Oregon State needs to beat Washington or Oregon to earn its sixth win and clinch bowl eligibility. The game against Washington is in Seattle, and has already been announced (by the Huskies) as a blackout game.

1) Oregon Ducks: Bye week

2) UCLA Bruins: Bye week

3) Arizona State Sun Devils: It was a crushing defeat suffered by Arizona State on Saturday. The Sun Devils had an opportunity to show off their promise, with Oregon and UCLA having the bye week, instead ASU lost to the last place team in the Pac-12 North.

4) Arizona Wildcats: Arizona needed a 47-yard field goal by kicker Casey Skowron to beat the Washington Huskies on Saturday. The Wildcats recovered a fumble by Washington running back Deontae Cooper with 1:23 left in the ball game. Arizona took advantage of Cooper’s mistake, and won the ball game.

5) Utah Utes: Utah scored a touchdown in the second overtime, while Stanford kicked a field goal, to pick up a three-point road win. The Utes have a pretty good chance at nine wins as their next two foes are Arizona (evenly matched) and Colorado (lol).

6) USC Trojans: USC built a big lead in the first half, but watched as Cal chipped away at it throughout the third and fourth quarters. Fortunately for the Trojans, quarterback Kody Kessler found Randall Tefler for a 15-yard touchdown pass with 11:59 left in the final quarter to give USC a lead the Golden Bears just couldn’t overcome.

7) Stanford Cardinal: Stanford’s season continues to spiral downward, as the Cardinal are now 5-5 (3-4 Pac-12) after their loss overtime loss to Utah. The offensive struggles are now looking more and more like a trend instead of just a slump

8) Washington Huskies: Washington head coach Chris Petersen made the dumb decision to ice Skowron. Petersen’s decision backfired as Skowron missed the free kick, but he nailed the second kick to give Arizona the victory. The Huskies now need a win against Oregon State or Washington State to become bowl eligible — teams that play 13 regular season games need seven win to become bowl eligible.

9) California Golden Bears: Cal made a frantic attempt in the fourth quarter to overcome USC’s 15-point lead in the fourth quarter, but it wasn’t enough as the Trojans earned a 38-30 win in Los Angeles, Calif. Sophomore quarterback Jared Goff threw three touchdowns, but averaged a pedestrian 5.9 yards per completion in the loss.

10) Washington State Cougars: Bye week

11) Oregon State Beavers: The Beavers notched an impressive win on Saturday, and improved their mark against top 10 teams at home to 5-5 since 2000; the impressive part about the win was the fact that Oregon State’s top two running backs rushed for a combined 273 rushing yards on 30 carries, good for 9.1 yards per carry.

12) Colorado Buffaloes: Bye week

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