- Kevin Gemmell, ESPN Staff Writer
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For yesterday's looking forward/looking back segment in the blog, we previewed a few storylines to keep an eye on this month.
One of those storylines was separation games. We have a few of those coming up this week and in the weeks ahead there are some great divisional matchups.
So your Tuesday poll question for this week, which game in the month of October are you most looking forward to? (I've got a sneaking suspicion which one is going to win).
USC at Utah, Oct. 4: Once thought to be the pivotal game for the Pac-12 South Division -- and it still might be. Both teams are coming off a bye. The subplot to this game is one of the best defensive tackles in the country squaring off against one of the best centers in the country.
Washington at Oregon, Oct. 6: We've rehashed Oregon's recent domination in this series so much leading up to this game that it doesn't need to be rehashed again. The Huskies have already knocked off one top 10 team. Can they do it again and re-alter the landscape of the Pac-12 North?
Stanford at Cal, Oct. 20: The Big Game is being played in October. And this could be a pivotal contest for both teams. The Cardinal will be coming off a road trip to Notre Dame and Cal's head coaching situation might be in flux -- adding a whole new element to an already bitter rivalry.
UCLA at Arizona State, Oct. 27: The South's two biggest risers square off in one of the most intriguing matchups this season. Both are getting great quarterback play from first-year starters and both have shown they could legitimately challenge USC for the South crown. But before each team faces the Trojans in November, they'll have to get through one another.
Oregon State at Washington, Oct. 27: Both teams are ranked right now. Will they both be at the end of the month? Chalk this one up as another potential separation game in the cloudy Pac-12 North.