Monday, October 25, 2010
Conference race update
By ESPN.com staff
What's new in the Pac-10 race? Not much.
Time for our quick Monday review of the conference race. You can view the Pac-10 standings here.
Oregon, ranked No. 1 in both national polls, controls its own destiny: It's either the national title game or the Rose Bowl if the Ducks win out.
If Arizona and Stanford survive this coming weekend -- the Wildcats are at UCLA, while Stanford visits Washington -- they will play a critical matchup in Palo Alto on Nov. 6. That battle for second place could mean a possible Rose Bowl berth in certain scenarios (a non-AQ team in the national title game instead of taking one of the Rose Bowl slots).
And unpredictable California made a move to sneak out of the muddled middle by pounding Arizona State. Now can the Bears, 0-3 on the road, win one away from the friendly confines of Berkeley? They visit Oregon State on Saturday in what figures to be a critical game for the bowl hopes of both teams.
Arizona State, UCLA and Washington each got whipped, fell to 3-4 and saw their bowl hopes take a serious blow. The Bruins have lost starting quarterback Kevin Prince for the season due to a knee injury, and backup Richard Brehaut isn't much of a running threat in the pistol offense. That's a problem with Arizona coming to town. Sun Devils quarterback Steven Threet was knocked out of the Cal game with a concussion. He's questionable for the Sun Devils' home game with Washington State on Saturday.
As for the Huskies, the guy who captains the ship -- quarterback Jake Locker -- is beat up (ribs, thigh, etc.) as they head into rugged back-to-back games with Stanford and at Oregon.
There's lots of football left, so the major issues remain open: 1) National title contender?; 2) Rose Bowl race?; 3) Second BCS bowl team; 4) How many teams earn bowl eligibility with at least six wins?