Oregon, the nation's No. 1 team, controls its own destiny. That's the one certainty in the Pac-10 race.
As we turn into the season's second half, we'll be giving quick updates on how things stand every Monday. You can view the Pac-10 standings here.
Oregon is the conference's only unbeaten -- overall and in conference -- team. Oregon State, Stanford, Arizona and Washington have only one conference loss. USC doesn't count, other than when it loses or beats other teams. At 0-4 in the conference and 1-6 overall, it's fair to say that Washington State is not going bowling this winter.
Of the one-loss teams, only Stanford has lost to Oregon. That means if Oregon and Stanford end up as the only two one-loss teams, the Ducks win that tiebreaker.
Oregon has yet to play Arizona, Washington and Oregon State. Stanford has yet to play Oregon State, Arizona and Washington. Washington hasn't played Stanford or Arizona, either. In fact, the only head-to-head games between the one-loss (or Oregon) teams are: Oregon over Stanford, Oregon State over Arizona and Washington over Oregon State.
So there's A LOT of football left. And it's not like the two-loss teams are gimmes. And Stanford and Washington are probably happy that their games with USC have already been played, at least based on the whipping the Trojans gave California.
Also, remember that USC isn't in the bowl picture. So if your team finishes, say, fourth behind third-place USC, your team would fall into the bowl slot of the third-place team.