Well here go hell come. It is actually possible that USC could fall all the way to the 6th bowl in the PAC-12. I believe that, given their cache, it probably won’t happen. Can you really see someone like the Las Vegas bowl passing up having a good portion of LA roll up I-15 for a football game the weekend before Christmas?
But right now there are 5 teams with better conference records than USC (by BCS ranking: #5 Oregon, #8 Stanford, #15 Oregon State, #17 UCLA, #25 Washington) and a 6th with a higher ranking (#24 Arizona). So even if the PAC-12 lands a second BCS bowl game, Navy is going to either face a team that was ranked at the end of Week 12 or USC. There really is no bad matchup for exposure’s sake.
The other big news for the watch list is that Arizona eliminated Utah from bowl contention thanks to a 34-24 win last weekend. The Utes were up 24-17 going into the 4th quarter, but gave up 17 unanswered points. So bon voyage to that opponent. Frankly, it was the least attractive matchup. We’ve played them before, they’re not a traditional PAC team, and I don’t need another stinking referee blowing a touchback call again.
Click on through for our update of Washington, Arizona, and Arizona State.
Washington (7-4, 5-3)
Sagarin #24 (up from #34)
Last Week: Won 38-3 at Colorado
Nov 23: @ Washington State
Washington held Colorado to 141 total yards. Huskies QB Keith Price completed 22 of 29 passes for 248 yards and 5 touchdowns. And they did all of that despite converting just 3 of 12 third downs. They play Washington State for the Apple Cup today at 3:30pm on Fox. Tune in to see if they can get to 8 wins.
Arizona (7-4, 4-4)
Sagarin #21 (up from #28)
Last Week: Won 34-24 at Utah
Nov 23: vs. Arizona State
Like I said above, Arizona exploded for 17 4th-quarter points to get the win. They made the rally happen by tightening up on defense, forcing a punt, and two turnovers on downs. The season-ending rivalry game against Arizona State is also today – the nightcap at 10pm on ESPN.
Arizona State (6-5, 4-4)
Sagarin #28 (down from #21)
Last Week: Won 46-7 vs. Washington State
Nov 23: @ Arizona
ASU became bowl eligible and put Washington State one game away from going winless in the PAC-12 this season when they trounced the Cougars last weekend. The Sun Devils are a three-point home dog tonight against the Wildcats.
In case you missed the comments section last week, I flip-flopped my way into Washington being the pick for our bowl game. I’m going to stick with them this week, setting up a rematch of the 1924 Rose Bowl that ended in a 14-14 tie.