Jacquizz Rodgers was happy to see the Sun Devil defense.
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Five Pac-10 games featuring all ten teams.

Saturday is one of only three instances this season when each Pac-10 school is playing a conference game on the same day.

The best team plays the worst team but other than that you have four games that could go either way. Two games feature four teams that already have to be concerned about their bowl chances. The other two games feature three teams trying to dig in and see if they can keep up with the machine from Eugene.

TWIT-Pac says: It’s time for the rivalries to get bitter again.

Your Pac-10 football TV schedule:

Sat. Oct. 9 (all times Arizona/Pacific)

Road Team Home Team Time TV
UCLA Cal 12:30 p.m. FSN
Oregon WSU 2 p.m.
OSU ARIZONA 4 p.m. Versus
USC Stanford 5 p.m. ABC/ESPN3.com
ASU Washington 7 p.m. FSAZ/FSNW

UCLA (3-2 / 1-1) at Cal (2-2 / 0-1)
The Bears lost a game in which they scored 31 points, and then lost their next one after only allowing 10. Not a good time to be a playing a team on a three-game winning streak.

Who do Wildcat fans want to win?
Cal. No so much because UCLA needs to lose but because Arizona wants the team it beat to get hot starting now.

Oregon (5-0 / 2-0) at WSU (1-4 / 0-2)
Oregon became the team of the week in the college football world after leapfrogging Boise State into the #3 spot in the polls. The national championship debate has already begun.

Who do Wildcat fans want to win?
UO or not UO? It’s the sports philosophy question of the week. What are you going to do with the Ducks? Either you root for them to lose to give the Cats some margin for error before the Nov. 26 showdown, or you root for Oregon to win their next five games so if they beat Arizona they can run the table and play for the BCS championship.

The rationale for plan B would be 1) Pac-10 pride, and 2) free up the Nose Hole for the 2nd place team. The problem there is the nightmare scenario is still in play. So in order for the Pac-10 to get two teams into the BCS you would either need Boise State to play Oregon in the national championship game (which would mean both Alabama and Ohio State losing) or you would need Boise State, TCU and Utah to all lose. That’s a lot of required losses.

I’m going to go the short route and say the best way to get the 2010 Wildcats to the Promised Land is to root against Oregon every step of the way. (Not that it’s going to matter this week.)

OSU (2-2 / 1-0) at ARIZONA (4-0 / 1-0)
1-2 out of conference, 1-0 in Pac-10 play. Looks like the Beavers are right on track.

Jacquizz Rodgers busted out with 145 rushing yards against ASU including a 74-yard touchdown. The UA D has been successful thus far in preventing long runs and that’s the goal again this week. QB Ryan Katz looked better against the Devils but he’s no Quizz.

USC (4-1 / 1-1) at Stanford (4-1 / 1-1)
USC’s revenge tour wasn’t supposed to include a home loss to Washington. That just means they have Jim Harbaugh’s boys right where they want them, right?

Who do Wildcat fans want to win?
USC. The Cardinal gets the Washington schools the next two weeks so it would be nice to pin another loss on them before the matchup with Arizona on Nov. 6.

ASU (2-3 / 0-2) at Washington (2-2 / 1-0)
Jack Locker went from 71 passing yards on Sep. 18 to 422 total yards vs. USC. The moral of the story? Don’t play Nebraska.

Who do Wildcat fans want to win?
Washington. ASU has a bye next week so if the Devils don’t pull this one off they will have gone one full trip around the sun without beating an FBS (division 1-A) team. Yeah, the Huskies are 1-0 in the conference, but they can lose some other time. You can’t pass up a chance to make history.

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Oregon’s dismantling of Stanford over the final three quarters last Saturday really raised the bar in what we had thought (hoped?) was a wide-open Pac-10 race. If the league wants to have a huge showdown at the end of the year it needs the winner of the Arizona/Oregon State game to keep on winning. It wouldn’t be much fun if the Ducks ran away and hid and the wide-open battle ended up being for 2nd place.

Oregon State has played two great teams and two mediocre teams but the Beavers have allowed at least 28 points in each game. It’s time for the Arizona offense to break out and for the Cats to show Katz what interceptions feel like.

But that would be too easy. Expect another Saturday of sweating it out in Arizona Stadium. They don’t call them bitter conference rivalries for nothing.