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The bad news is there are only three Pac-10 football games this week.

The good news is you can watch all three of them.

All three games are on national TV and the start times are staggered. Plop down on the couch at 12:30 and don’t peel yourself off it until it’s time for the nightly news.

(Official Pac-10 catheter not included.)

The TWIT-Pac TV guide:

Sat. Oct. 16 (all times Arizona/Pacific)

Road Team Home Team Time TV
Cal USC 12:30 p.m. FSN
ARIZONA WSU 4:30 p.m. Versus
OSU Washington 7:15 p.m. ESPN/

Cal (3-2 / 1-1) at USC (4-2 / 1-2)
The Bears put their bye week to good use and unloaded on UCLA. Will the third time be the charm for Cal’s first road win of the season?

Who do Wildcat fans want to win?
Cal. USC’s motivation has to be wearing thin after two straight last-second losses. Root for the Bears to stay hot and for the Trojans to unleash all their rage against Oregon on Oct. 30.

ARIZONA (4-1 / 1-1) at WSU (1-5 / 0-3)
In the last two weeks the Wildcats have scored a total of seven first-half points. If that trend continues this week the UA is in real bad shape.

OSU (3-2 / 2-0) at Washington (2-3 / 1-1)
The Huskies need four more wins to get bowl eligible but they only have two home games left after this one. On the flip side if the Beavers can survive here they’ll be undefeated in Pac-10 with only two road games remaining.

Who do Wildcat fans want to win?
OSU. In hindsight it would have better if Oregon State had lost to ASU instead of Ryan Katz getting a big confidence boost before coming to Tucson. With an up-and-down Jake Locker visiting Arizona Stadium next weekend I won’t make the same mistake twice.

Oregon (6-0 / 3-0) – bye
The Ducks played their way to a #2 ranking. Now they get to sit back and hope Wisconsin makes them the #1 team in the land.

Stanford (5-1 / 2-1) – bye
Stanford survived a let-down game against USC. Wasn’t it just three years ago that the Cardinal beating the Trojans was the result of one of the biggest let-down games in NCAA history?

ASU (3-3 / 1-2) – bye
The Sun Devils scored a huge road victory last week to get back into the bowl discussion. Now they have two weeks to prepare for their third straight game away from home.

UCLA (3-3 / 1-2) – bye
The Bruins lost to Stanford and Cal by a combined score of 70-7. UCLA may want to reconsider its demand to keep playing the NoCal schools in the Pac-12.

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The annual Washington State game almost feels like a non-conference contest. The Cougars rarely play on TV so fans don’t know much about their players. When the Cats travel to Pullman it’s usually a radio-only game in Tucson. The only thing that hasn’t been a mystery in recent years is the outcome.

But, regardless of what the standings say, things are improving for Wazzu. Last year the Cougars didn’t top 17 points once in Pac-10 play. They scored a single touchdown or less in seven of the nine games. So the 28 points against UCLA and 23 against Oregon are a big deal. Arizona isn’t going to be able to return the opening kickoff for a touchdown and know it already has enough points to win.

The Wildcats’ goal during the week was to forget about the Oregon State game. The goal on Saturday is to get the taste of losing out of their mouths. Stay focused on offense and finish drives. Stay disciplined on defense and defend the pass (without letting the quarterback run free).

Mike Stoops has never before started 5-1. Getting off to a good start against WSU would be a great start toward securing his best start.

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