While there were several interesting games over the past week, the game that altered the Pac-12 South was Stanford’s (7-5) clown stomping of No. 8 UCLA (9-3), 31-10. This loss handed the Pac-12 South — and a trip to the conference championship game — to No. 11 Arizona (10-2).
UCLA is now hoping that the playoff selection committee will seed them in one of the January bowl games. The loss was devastating for the program, as it is cost the team a chance to establish itself as South champions while USC is still mired in the aftermath of sanctions.
This loss also handed the Pac-12 South to the Arizona Wildcats, who beat instate rival No. 13 Arizona State in the Territorial Cup.
While the Stanford Cardinal head into bowl season having picked up a big road win, at the end of an extremely disappointing regular season. It’s likely that the Cardinal will end up in a better bowl after this win, as the committee will be unable to overlook beating a top ten team on the road.
The Pac-12 regular season has come to a close, and these are our final power rankings of the season.
1) Oregon Ducks: The Civil War was never really in doubt as the No. 2 Ducks built a 30-3 lead by halftime. Oregon will face No. 11 Arizona in the Pac-12 Championship Game on Friday, December 5th.
2) Arizona Wildcats: No. 11 Arizona beat No. 13 Arizona State, 45-32 in the Territorial Cup. It was an impressive performance that saw the Wildcats’ offensive attack use a 14-point third quarter to pull away from the Sun Devils.
3) UCLA Bruins: UCLA lost a chance to make a statement with its blowout loss to a struggling Stanford squad. The Bruins offense was ineffective, as the Cardinal defensive line harassed quarterback Brett Hundley throughout the game.
4) Arizona State Sun Devils: ASU’s offense sputtered in the third quarter, as the Sun Devils lost the game and the Pac-12 South title to their in-state rival.
5) Stanford Cardinal: Stanford finally played up to its talent level in its 31-10 demolition of No. 8 UCLA.
6) Utah Utes: Utah struggled to beat Colorado in the Rumble in the Rockies, but the Utes walked out of Boulder, Colo. with a 38-34 win. The Utes defense came up huge towards the end of the game — including the game winning pick-6 by Dominique Hatfield — to help the team win its eighth game of the season.
7) Washington Huskies: Washington absolutely demolished WSU in the 107th Apple Cup. The Husky offense used a couple of big plays to take take an early lead, and then wore down the Cougar defense to expand it.
8) USC Trojans: The Trojans demolished Notre Dame 49-14 in its regular season finale. USC should be playing in a high profile bowl game in late December.
9) California Golden Blogs: Cal lost to BYU in a track meet, 42-35. Quarterback Jared Goff led the Golden Bears on a drive with less than a minute left in the game, but threw an interception with 10 seconds on the clock to put an end to Cal’s comeback…and bowl hopes.
10) Washington State Cougars: A disappointing season came to a close with a frustrating loss to the Huskies on Saturday.
11) Oregon State Beavers: The Beavers will be missing out on a bowl game for the second time in the last three seasons, and questions about head coach Mike Reilly’s job security will only get louder.
12) Colorado Buffaloes: The Buffaloes lost their eighth consecutive game on Saturday. This time, it was a pick-6 late in the game that cost Colorado the game.
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