Roundup: Pac-12 South to be decided in the Coliseum
For the second straight year, a rivalry game on the last week of the season will decide the Pac-12 South. This year the winner of USC and UCLA heads to Santa Clara, so you could certainly say that Clay Helton and USC have a lot on the line this week (Los Angeles Times’ Gary Klein).
John Reid of the Daily News writes that Christian McCaffrey’s Heisman-esque game pushed Stanford to a Big Game victory. McCaffrey had a school-record 389 all-purpose yards in the Cardinal’s 35-22 win over the Golden Bears - a win that clinched the Pac-12 North for the Cardinal.
Oh, what might have been with a healthy Vernon Adams all season, right? Oregon is surging, entering the Civil War on a five-game winning streak after smashing USC, but the Ducks can’t rewrite their season, notes Anne M. Peterson of the Associated Press. Also, check out Oregon’s uniforms for the Oregon State game. Tight, as always.
After Saturday’s loss, hopefully this news will cheer you up, Arizona fan – Bruce Feldman of FOX Sports reports that Arizona linebacker Scooby Wright has started running and expects to play in the bowl game.
Doug Haller reviews Arizona State’s 52-37 Territorial Cup win over Arizona. It has been far from the season the Sun Devils hoped for this year, but a win over the rival Wildcats makes things feel better.
Washington State won its third in a row by handling Colorado 27-3, but there are some concerns for the Cougars after Luke Falk left the game in the third quarter when his head slammed on the turf following a sack.
Pac-12 championship hopes shot, Utah now faces a “muddled” bowl picture, according to Matthew Piper of the Salt Lake Tribune.
Washington kept its bowl hopes alive by throttling Oregon State 52-7, notes Christian Caple.
Bowl hopes completely dashed following the loss to Washington State (there was some hope a 6-7 Buffs team could play a 14th game), Colorado now focuses on finishing strong at Utah, writes Brian Howell.
UCLA men’s water polo won the MPSF tournament Sunday night by edging Cal 12-11 in overtime in the championship game. The Bruins are 28-0 and have won 31 consecutive matches dating back to last season.
Cal women’s basketball set a school record by hitting 14 three-pointers in an 82-57 win over Cal Poly on Sunday at Haas.
Gary Payton II led Oregon State with 21 points to beat UC Santa Barbara 71-59 on the road Saturday. The Beavs are now 4-0 for just the second time since 2000.