Pac-12 logo on field

One last regular-season party for Pac-12 football. Photo by Wildcat Universe

Rivalries, rivalries everywhere.

Both Pac-12 division championships have been settled but there are plenty of bragging rights – and bowl positioning – at stake on the last weekend of the regular season.

Scroll down or click here for the TV schedule but TWit-Pac has an updated look at the bowl picture. Everybody in the Pac-12 is either bowl eligible or bowl eliminated so this is the final roster with each team’s current record:

Pac-12 RankBowl Eligibile TeamRecord
1tStanford9-2
1tArizona St.9-2
1tOregon9-2
4USC9-3
5UCLA8-3
6tWashington7-4
6tARIZONA7-4
8tWashington St.6-5
8tOregon St.6-5

The Wildcats and Huskies gained ground on the top five with upset wins last week. Both teams now have a chance to finish with the same record as UCLA which could open up additional bowl possibilities.

However, I still think UCLA gets selected before the UA (and Washington) no matter what, and it makes sense to put the Huskies in the conference’s northernmost bowl (the Hunger game in San Francisco). If Washington State and Oregon State lose this week (both are double-digit underdogs) it looks like Arizona is destined for a return trip to the New Mexico Bowl regardless of what transpires in Tempe on Saturday.

What will be interesting to watch if the above scenario plays out is if Arizona tries to run an end-around outside the Pac-12’s bowl tie-ins. If I’m the UA I try and broker a deal to get into the Jan. 1 Heart of Dallas Bowl in the old Cotton Bowl stadium. The New Mexico folks should be happy with fresh blood, especially if it’s Washington State coming off a decade-long bowl drought, and the Wildcats would get a new destination and later game date. Sounds like a win all the way around.

Who’s going to do the winning this week? Here are the final regular season games (all times Arizona/Mountain):

DateAwayHomeTimeTV
Fri Nov 29Wash. St.Wash.1:30 p.m.Fox
Fri Nov 29Oregon St.Oregon5 p.m.Fox Sports 1
Sat Nov 30ColoradoUtah12 p.m.Pac-12 Network
Sat Nov 30Notre DameStanford5 p.m.Fox
Sat Nov 30UCLAUSC6 p.m.ABC
Sat Nov 30ARIZONAArizona St.7:30 p.m.Pac-12 Network

Washington State (6-5 / 4-4) at Washington (7-4 / 4-4)
Wazzu beat Utah last week to become eligible for the Cougars’ first bowl appearance since 2003. WSU has lost three out of four in this series but Mike Leach and the Cougs pulled off the big upset last year even though they came into the Apple Cup with a 2-9 record.

Who does Wildcat Universe want to win?
Washington. You can root for the Huskies to lose so the Cats have a chance to pass them but it’s safer to root for WSU to end up 6-6 and behind Arizona for sure.

Oregon State (6-5 / 4-4) at Oregon (9-2 / 6-2)
It has not been a good month for the Ducks. November began with Oregon sprinting toward a showdown with Alabama but two road losses later and UO needs a win to keep its Alamo Bowl hopes alive. The Ducks have won five straight Civil War games.

Who does Wildcat Universe want to win?
Oregon. It makes the UA’s win last week look better and it finishes off the Beavers’ five-game losing streak.

Colorado (4-7 / 1-7) at Utah (4-7 / 1-7)
When the winner is going to double its conference win total you know your “rivalry game” is hurting. The teams have split their two games in the renewed series with the road team winning each time.

Who does Wildcat Universe want to win?
It matters not a bit.

Notre Dame (8-3) at Stanford (9-2 / 7-2)
Stanford fans were Wildcats for a day as Arizona’s win gave the Cardinal the Pac-12 North title. Notre Dame is trying to win an unofficial Pac-12 title by beating both division winners.

Who does Wildcat Universe want to win?
Stanford. Conference pride, yes, but the Cardinal is also in the Whoever’s Playing ASU on-deck circle. Keep the positivity flowing.

UCLA (8-3 / 5-3) at USC (9-3 / 6-2)
How annoyed are the Trojans going to be if they win this game and end up missing the South championship because they kept Lane Kiffin one week too long?

Who does Wildcat Universe want to win?
USC. Just in case a two-game losing streak would outweigh UCLA’s eight wins and name brand in the eyes of bowl selection committees.

ARIZONA (7-4 / 4-4) at Arizona State (9-2 / 7-1)
You can say the Pac-12 is saving the best game for last, but it sure would be nice if the game was in one of the earlier over-the-air network slots. This year is a step in that direction with 16 wins between the two teams, the most entering the Territorial Cup game since 1986.

Who does Wildcat Universe want to win?
Your Illogical Wildcats.

California (1-11 / 0-9) – (Good) Bye
Stanford is playing Notre Dame, the Bears don’t have anyone to play, so Cal fans got a head start on speculating about Sonny Dykes’ future.

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The Territorial Cup game has been a back-and-forth affair the last few years. ASU won three straight against Mike Stoops but then the Wildcats came within an extra point of winning four in a row. The Devils have won two of three but the Cats have won three of five. And everyone has heard how the road team has won each of the last four games in the series.

What’s interesting about this week is both teams appear ready for a letdown. Arizona State has the division locked up and will be playing for a conference championship next week with or without a win over the UA.

The Wildcats, on the other hand, played out of their collective minds in beating Oregon last week. Human nature makes it very difficult to move on from such an emotion high; you don’t want to move on.

Is the lure of home-field advantage in the P12CG enough for ASU to avoid looking ahead to Stanford? Can Arizona, a team that is a mediocre 4-4 in the Pac-12, play two consecutive near-perfect games?

The team that plays the most like last week will be holding up the Cup this week.

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