Race to the Pac-12 football title game gearing up in week 12
AROUND THE PAC-12
GAME THEMES: Friday night lights in Pasadena as UCLA hosts WASHINGTON in a rare Friday night Pac-12 contest at the Rose Bowl. Both teams are riding modest two-game winning streaks. The bowl-eligible Huskies have averaged 50 points and have piled up 1,270 yards of total offense the last two games. Meanwhile, the Bruins are looking to keep their South Division title chances alive behind two-way freshman standout LB/RB Myles Jack (120 yards rushing/8 tackles vs. Arizona). . . ARIZONA will rely on junior RB Ka’Deem Carey (152.6 rushing yards per game) and its ground attack (271.3 yards per game) as it hosts WASHINGTON STATE and the pass-happy Cougars (365.0 passing yards per game). . . Either CALIFORNIA or COLORADO will pick up their first Pac-12 win of the season in Boulder. Both teams go to air often for their offense as Cal freshman QB Jared Goff can sling it (344.2 passing yards per game), while Buff junior WR Paul Richardson can haul it in (117.9 receiving yards per game). . . After pulling out a one-point win at Utah, ARIZONA STATE returns home to face OREGON STATE. The Sun Devils have the league’s top pass defense (206.4 yards per game), but will get tested by the league’s top producing quarterback in Beaver junior Sean Mannion (393.3 passing yards per game/31 TDs). . . USC, winners of four straight Pac-12 games, are still in contention for a South Division title and will host No. 5 STANFORD. A defensive battle is expected as the Trojans (339.0 yards in total defense) and Cardinal (349.3 yards total defense), rank second and third in the league in total defense, respectively. . . After dropping their first game of the season, OREGON looks to bounce back with a home contest against UTAH in the friendly confines of Autzen Stadium. In the first-ever league game between the Ducks and Utes, Utah’s stout defense (142.3 rushing yards allowed per game) will go head-to-head against Oregon’s explosive offense (301.6 yards rushing per game).
PAC-12 FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME SCENARIO:
North Division, STANFORD controls its own destiny. Should Stanford win its final two conference games, it would be the North Division representative and host the Pac-12 Football Championship Game.
South Division, ARIZONA STATE and UCLA each control their own destiny. Whichever team wins out, which includes a match up between the two teams in Pasadena on Nov. 23, will represent the South in the Pac-12 Championship Game.
OREGON and OREGON STATE are holding out for a chance to represent the North, while USC and ARIZONA also have hopes of a South Division title, but those four teams need help from others for that chance.