Monday, October 3, 2011
Quick look at week six games
By ESPN.com staff
Here's a quick look at Week 6 in the Pac-12.
USC and Washington are off. All times are ET.
California (3-1, 0-1) at No. 9 Oregon (3-1, 1-0) 9 p.m. ESPN: Last year, Cal held Oregon to just 377 yards in a 15-13 loss, the best defensive performance against the Ducks all season. What did each team learn from that game? And how much of a difference will playing in Autzen Stadium make? Ducks have won 13 consecutive Pac-12 games and 18 in a row at home.
Arizona (1-4, 0-3) at Oregon State (0-4, 0-2) 3:30 p.m. FCS: Oregon State won a barn burner last year in Tucson, 29-27, a game that seemed like the "hello world" moment for then-starting quarterback Ryan Katz. That game is also when wide receiver James Rodgers blew out his knee. Rodgers is back but the Beavers starting quarterback is Sean Mannion. Both teams have been terrible against the pass, which should help Mannion. But in the other corner is Nick Foles. The Wildcats have lost nine in a row to FBS teams and seven in a row to Pac-12 teams.
No. 22 Arizona State (4-1, 2-0) at Utah (2-2, 0-2) 3:30 p.m. FSN: This looked like a potential Pac-12 South Division game of the year in the preseason, but the Sun Devils could practically end the division race with a victory. Further, the Utes will be without quarterback Jordan Wynn. Of course, if the Sun Devils play like they did against Oregon State, they might have a bad trip.
Colorado (1-4, 0-1) at No. 7 Stanford (4-0, 2-0) 7:30 p.m. Versus: The Buffaloes are coming off a crushing home loss to Washington State, but Stanford is not where a team wants to go to feel better about itself. The Buffs secondary, a worry to begin with, has injury issues. Got a feeling Andrew Luck is looking forward to this game. These teams haven't played since 1993, a 41-37 Stanford win.
Washington State (3-1, 1-0) at UCLA (2-3, 1-1) 10:30 FSN: Last week was a must-win for Washington State at Colorado. This feels like a must-win for UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel, who not unlike Cougars coach Paul Wulff, is in the midst of a win-or-else season. Last year's game was tied entering the fourth quarter, but the Bruins overpowered the Cougars with their running game, piling up 437 yards in a 42-28 win. Cougs haven't started 4-1 since 2003.