Well, there’s no Arizona game this weekend, so I thought I could take a good look at the three Pac-10 games this weekend.
Washington (3-6, 2-4) vs. UCLA (4-5, 2-4) Thursday, 5pm PST
The Huskies, who get Jake Locker back, face a UCLA squad coming off a bye week in a battle that has the Bruins looking to get back to .500 on the season, and Washington trying to keep their bowl hopes alive.
Obviously Washington will get a big boost with Locker back at quarterback. But to be completely honest, we don’t know how healthy Locker really is. And to be even more honest, will Jake Locker even help the Huskies win? That defense is straight up awful. Even though it doesn’t seem like UCLA has much of an offense, anyone can move the ball against a bad Washington D.
UCLA, despite how bad they’ve been at times, can still make a bowl game, and this game is a must. Will they be able to get their offense going? Washington specifically is horrible at stopping the run, so look for a lot of Johnathon Franklin and Derrick Coleman.
I give Washington the slight edge here, just because it’s at home, and Locker is back. However, don’t be surprised if the Bruins pull off the win to get close to bowl eligibility.
California (5-5, 3-4) vs. Stanford (9-1, 6-1) Saturday, 3:30pm PST
Coming off a crushing loss to Oregon, California hosts a Stanford team that barely beat Arizona State last week on the road.
The Big Game has some big things at stake. For Stanford, a win will keep them in contention for either an at-large BCS bowl game if Oregon makes the National Championship, or the Rose Bowl if Oregon loses their last two games. California still needs one more win to become bowl eligible.
As the Ducks experienced last week, Cal is very tough to beat at home. Stanford is playing their second consecutive game on the road, and this one won’t be any easier than the game against the Sun Devils. I have a feeling, however, that the game against Oregon took a lot out of the Bears, and Stanford will take advantage.
Andrew Luck can take advantage of a beat up Cal secondary, and the physical up-front attack by the Cardinal will dominate the Bears all game long. I don’t think this one will be close.
Oregon State (4-5 3-3) vs. USC (7-3, 4-3) Saturday, 5pm PST
USC will be traveling to Corvallis, where they have lost their last two games, against Oregon State, who lost against Washington State (!!!!) last week. At home. Ouch.
USC has beaten Arizona State and Arizona the last two weeks, and have somewhat salvaged their probation season a little bit. The defense has tightened up and gotten better, and the offense continues to get better behind Marc Tyler and Matt Barkley.
Oregon State is a mess. They could potentially lose their last three games and finish 4-8. Ryan Katz is becoming more comfortable at quarterback, but the defense is awful, they can’t tackle, and Jacquizz Rodgers isn’t getting the ball enough. He is too good to only get 19 carries a game, and four catches!
In a must-win game for the Beavs, I think it will be very close. But the USC offense is too good for the OSU defense. It will be a nail-biter, but I think USC wins.
About the Author
Written by Henry Childs
I am currently a senior at the University of Oregon studying Broadcast Journalism. Although I have a love for my Ducks, I am simply an avid college football fan trying to get a head start in the sports journalism world. Born and raised in Portland, I am also a ginormous Portland Trailblazers fan. Some of my loves include golf, Dr. Pepper, pugs, and living in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.