It’s the Weekend! PAC-12 Football Action, Ready, Set, Huthut!
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — No. 5 Oregon hosts Washington State on Saturday with the race for the Pac-12 North Division title almost at its end. Oregon can clinch the North Division with a win over Washington State combined with a Stanford victory over Oregon State. The Cougars need one more win to become bowl eligible. The Ducks are coming off a 26-16 victory on the road over rival Washington. Oregon’s defense had a big game, holding the Huskies to just 166 total yards.
SEATTLE (AP) — Bob Gregory is stepping back into the role of interim head coach this week with Washington set to host Arizona State. The Huskies defensive coordinator is filling in after head coach Jimmy Lake was suspended one game without pay for making physical contact with one of his players during a loss to Oregon. Arizona State is looking for a second straight win after thumping USC last week. The Sun Devils need a victory to stay on the heels of Utah in the Pac-12 South.
(AP) — The Utah Utes are on the verge of winning the Pac-12 South after lopsided victories over UCLA and Stanford. Next up for Utah is a road game Saturday against Arizona. Utah has a one-game lead over Arizona State in the South division. The Utes can clinch the division title with a win over the Wildcats and a Washington win over Arizona State. Arizona is trying to build off the momentum of beating California last week but is down to just one scholarship quarterback. The Wildcats will likely rely on their running game, as they did against Cal.
(AP) — The college football coaching carousel is spinning faster than ever. It is being pushed by the early signing period for recruits, increased freedom for transfers and impatient fans. Making a coaching change well before the end of the season has gone from rarity to a fairly common occurrence. Nine head coaches have been fired already this season. That includes eight before Nov. 1, which is the most in any season going back 10 years.