What happened this weekend? Here’s everything you need to know about Week 9 of the Pac-12 season.
Pac-12 Week 9 Roundup, Rankings, Bowl Projections & What You Need To Know
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Pac-12 Week 9 Rankings
1. Washington (8-0)
2. Washington State (6-2)
3. Utah (7-2)
4. USC (5-3)
5. Colorado (6-2)
6. Stanford (5-3)
7. California (4-4)
8. Oregon (3-5)
9. Arizona State (5-4)
10. UCLA (3-5)
11. Arizona (2-6)
12. Oregon State (2-6)
Pac-12 Week 9 Roundup
USC 45, California 24
Prediction: USC 41, California 27, USC -16
Quick Take: That’s what USC is supposed to be playing like. This was a game for the Trojan lines, with the offensive front leading the way to 223 Ronald Jones rushing yards and 398 yards as a team on the ground. The run defense clamped down hard on the Cal running game, and while Davis Webb threw for 333 yards and two scores, the game was basically over in the third quarter. San Darnold still has a fumbling issue, but he was sharp overall, completing 18-of-25 passes for 231 yards and five scores with a pick.
Washington 31, Utah 24
Prediction: Utah 27, Washington 24, UW -9.5
Quick Take: Washington showed its flaws. The Dawgs were beaten on, but Myles Gaskin ran for 151 yards and a score and Jake Browning was just okay – all that matters is that the record is still perfect after surviving a major test on the road. Joe Williams ran for 172 yards and a score, and Troy Williams was better than his 14-of-31 day, but Utah couldn’t come up with the one special teams stop it needed. The punting game is always a Ute advantage, but Dante Pettis changed that with his UW season-defining return for a score to get the team out with the win.
Oregon 54, Arizona State 35
Prediction: Oregon 45, Arizona State 42, Oregon -8
Quick Take: Oregon has its quarterback. Arizona State’s secondary is miserable, and Justin Herbert took advantage of it throwing for 489 yards and four scores. Oregon’s defense is awful, but it’s just not at the same level, allowing Dillon Sterling to throw for 302 yards, but picking him off three times. The Ducks managed to crank up 734 yards of total offense, doing everything right but convert third downs. As explosive as Herbert was, and with a blowout win to break an ugly run, the Ducks won’t nitpick.
Washington State 35, Oregon State 31
Prediction: Washington State 37, Oregon State 20, WSU -13
Quick Take: Luke Falk was beaten, battered and bruised, and Mike Leach once again made a crazy fourth-down decision when he didn’t need to, but his defense bailed him out. Oregon State got up early with a 24-6 halftime lead, but Falk brought the Cougars back with 415 yards and five scores on the day – with two touchdown passes to Gabe Marks. Ryan Nall ran for 131 yards and two scores for OSU, but he was stuffed on a key fourth down play, and the Cougars managed to grind the game down to the final seconds to become bowl eligible.
Stanford 34, Arizona 10
Prediction: Stanford 31, Arizona 23, Stanford -5.5
Quick Take: Both teams are a mess, but Stanford has Christian McCaffrey. He tore off 169 yards and two scores against the porous Arizona defense, while Bryce Love added 78 yards on 12 carries. And Keller Chryst as the starting QB? No big whoop – he completed 14-of-30 throws for 104 yards and two scores with a pick. Arizona got a nice rushing day out of QB Brandon Dawkins – leading the team with 65 yards – but three Cat QBs combined to complete just 5-of-20 passes for 116 yards and a score with an interception.
Pac-12 Week 9 Bowl Projections
Valero Alamo Bowl
National Funding Holiday Bowl
Foster Farms Bowl
Hyundai Sun Bowl
Las Vegas Bowl
Motel 6 Cactus Bowl