A Look Ahead
"Showdown Saturday" highlights the week of live events on the Pac-12 Networks. Meanwhile, Southern California will be the place for some major conference implications in multiple sports.
The networks will air four football games on Saturday, three of which will feature nationally ranked teams. Starting at Noon, No. 2 Oregon hopes to continue on its path to a national championship when it hosts Colorado. Then at 3:15, No. 19 Stanford, coming off its win in The Big Game against Cal, will welcome Washington State to The Farm for a Pac-12 North battle. At 6:45 p.m., Utah will look for its first win in conference play against visiting Cal, which needs a win to stay in the race for a bowl appearance. The action caps off with arguably the marquee game of the day when No. 7 Oregon State makes the trip North to play Washington. The Beavers are tied with Oregon atop the Pac-12 North standings and are still in the national title hunt. The Huskies, meanwhile, will be licking their wounds after losing in lopsided fashion at Arizona last week.
The Los Angeles area is the place to be this weekend to see some showdowns with major implications in the conference standings in both women's soccer and women's volleyball. In women's soccer, it will be the top two teams in the land facing off Sunday in Westwood when No. 1 Stanford visits No. 2 UCLA at 6 p.m. The Cardinal is a 8-0-0 in Pac-12 play (14-1-1 overall) while the Bruins are in second place in the conference standings at 7-0-1 (14-0-2). But Stanford won't be the only challenge posed to the Bruins this weekend. Before the Cardinal come to town, UCLA hosts No. 21 Cal on Friday at 3 p.m. At 7-1-0 (14-3-0), the Golden Bears still have some conference championship hopes of their own.
Meanwhile in women's volleyball, No. 5 Washington makes its way to No. 7 USC on Friday at 6 p.m. and No. 6 UCLA at Noon. The Huskies (17-2, 8-2) are in third place, two games behind Stanford in the conference race while the Trojans (19-3, 7-3) and Bruins (15-4, 7-3) are tied for fourth and three games back. Washington beat both teams at home earlier this season, with its five-set thriller over the Bruins arguably being the match of the year in the conference so far.