There weren’t any shocking results in the Pac-12 last weekend but a 50/50 game was surprisingly lopsided establishing a clear favorite in the Pac-12 South.
And it’s not good news for fans of the Arizona Wildcats.
Better late than never applies to the Cheap Seats this week. It also may be the reaction of Sun Devil fans who have been waiting four years for Dennis Erickson’s second big year at Arizona State.
ASU ran away from USC last week and the question now is if the Devils can run away with the Pac-12 South race. Here is their remaining schedule:
My fingers ache in typing this, but Arizona State is going to be favored in at least six of its remaining eight games and it could be seven depending on what the odds makers think about Utah at home in two weeks.
If the bar has indeed been set at 7-2, can anyone keep up? Here is Utah’s remaining schedule:
The Pitt game doesn’t matter so if the Utes can take care of business against ASU at home and split the Cal/Arizona road games they can give the Devils a run for their money (and continue to send Larry Scott daily thank-you notes for this Stanford-and-Oregon-less schedule).
As far as Arizona’s chances of staying in the race, becoming the first 0-2 team in Pac-12 history certainly doesn’t help, but the main problem is the South may not be as wide open as expected. After ASU and Utah both lost on the road it looked like a 6-3 or even 5-4 record might get you to the Pac-12 Championship Game. A higher profile division winner will be better for the league but it’s bad news for the Wildcats’, Bruins’ and Buffaloes’ hopes of backing in.
Here is the updated bowl picture:
Washington beat Cal so the only change is the Huskies moving left ahead of the Bears. Both teams still look good for making the postseason.
The Bruins got a much-needed win but I kept a resting Washington State ahead of them because UCLA already has two losses.
UA fans! Repeat after me: “I will not give up on this team before the Oregon State game.”
UA fans! This is your warning that I’m going to talk about the Oregon game again.
The Ducks and Wildcats now have the exact same single game rushing record after LaMichael James ran for the same 288 yards that Trung Canidate totaled in 1998. Canidate’s record-setting performance was flashier with the three long touchdown runs of 80, 66 and 48 yards. James’ three longest runs were 47, 42 and 31 yards and his two touchdown runs were shorter than that. The biggest similarity is both backs played for 12-1 type teams.
In a break from consistency, the Blue-Red-Blue (helmets-jerseys-pants) Arizona uniform combination lost for the first time since the Stanford game in 2007. The end of the three-game winning streak dropped the combo’s overall record to 3-4. Here are the only ensembles left with a winning record:
There are three combos that still haven’t been worn during the Mike Stoops era:
None will work on the road unless the Wildcats want to try and make a dark-jersey agreement like Utah and BYU.
Grasping at fashion straws? Perhaps. But straws would look pretty good right now.
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