Pac-12 Football Action Rundown for the Weekend
(AP) — The seventh-ranked Oregon Ducks return home to Autzen Stadium to play Colorado on Saturday. The last time the Ducks were home, the fans booed quarterback Anthony Brown when the offense stalled. But Brown has performed well overall in the past two games, with a pair of key rushing touchdowns. Oregon coach Mario Cristobal asked fans to stop booing. Colorado has its own issues. The Buffaloes have won just two of their seven games this season and sit near the bottom of the Pac-12 South standings.
(AP) — Oregon State could reach bowl-eligibility for the first time since 2013 with a win over California this weekend. A win could push the Beavers into the Top 25 as well. It would be the first time appearing in the polls since that ’13 season. Even more, a victory would keep things moving toward a high-stakes game with Oregon on Nov. 27 in Eugene, with the Pac-12 North possibly at stake. This will mark the 74th all-time meeting between Cal and Oregon State. The Bears lead the series 38-35.
SALT LAKE CITY. (AP) — Utah has struggled with its run defense this season after leading the Pac-12 in that category for the past three seasons. The Utes get another big test on Saturday against UCLA, a team that ranks second in the league in rushing yards per game. UCLA may need to lean heavily on the run game if quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson is not able to play. Thompson-Robinson injured his arm during the Bruins’ 34-31 loss to Oregon.
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — California coach Justin Wilcox’s defense is rounding into form in recent weeks after an uncharacteristic poor start to the season. Cal is coming off its best defensive performance in years when the Golden Bears beat Colorado last week for their first conference win of the season. But the task gets much tougher this week for the Golden Bears when they host Oregon State. The Beavers are one of the biggest surprises in the Pac-12 this season and come into the game leading the conference in scoring and ranking seventh nationally on the ground.
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona State coach Herm Edwards went on a letter-writing campaign during his team's bye week. Edwards sent letters to the Sun Devils' leaders in hopes his message would really sink in heading into their game against Washington State. Arizona State had a week off to rest and recover after being blown out in the second half of their last game against Utah. The Cougars are under new leadership after coach Nick Rolovich and four assistants were fired for refusing the state's vaccination mandate. Washington State lost 21-19 to BYU under acting head coach Jake Dickert in its first game after Rolovich was fired.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — USC freshman quarterback Jaxson Dart could play for the first time since suffering a knee injury in his college debut when the Trojans host Arizona on Saturday. Dart threw for 391 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions and rushed for 32 yards against Washington State but he sustained the injury that required surgery. The Wildcats will continue to feature wide receiver Jamarye Joiner as a change of pace quarterback as they try to end a 19-game losing streak.
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Stanford and Washington head into Saturday’s matchup with sub-.500 records. Each needs a win to avoid falling further down in the Pac-12 North division and to strengthen any hopes of playing in the postseason. The game against Washington will be Stanford’s first at home in nearly a month. The Cardinal played four of their previous six games on the road. They will be at Stanford Stadium for four of their final five.