Thursday, October 4, 2012
Poll: Which team is on upset alert?
By Kevin Gemmell
It's a fascinating week in the Pac-12. With unranked ASU and Colorado both on bye, there is one matchup of ranked teams and the rest of the games feature a ranked Pac-12 team versus an unranked team. This is the first time since 2002 that six Pac-12 teams have been ranked in the top 25, and all of them are in action this weekend. That should set off the upset alert sirens.
Tonight No. 13 USC faces Utah. Saturday, it's a full slate with No. 18 Stanford hosting Arizona, No. 14 Oregon State hosting Washington State, No. 25 UCLA traveling to Cal and No. 23 Washington at No. 2 Oregon.
So your Thursday poll question is, which team is on upset alert this week?
USC: After a shaky start to the season, which included a loss to Stanford and some inconsistent play, the Trojans face a Utah team that has also struggled with inconsistency and injuries. A win for the Trojans turns things around. A loss probably plummets them out of the top 25 and could change the landscape of Utah's season.
Stanford: Josh Nunes is not the most popular guy with the Stanford fan base right now. The Cardinal were kept without an offensive touchdown last week against Washington. Arizona -- once ranked -- is looking to end a two-game skid.
Oregon State: Can Washington State build off some momentum gained against Oregon? The Beavers have been impressive on both sides of the ball and they have three quality wins. But all of those wins have been by a touchdown or less.
UCLA: The Bruins are back in the Top 25 after shaking off their loss to Oregon State and effectively handling Colorado. Now they travel to face a Cal team that has had an extremely disappointing season to date. Ted's got this one nailed as an upset in the predictions. Is he right?
Oregon: It's been eight in a row for the Ducks over the Huskies. But the Washington defense is playing awfully good ball and the offense showed it can be explosive when it has to be against the Cardinal. Can the Huskies pull off upsets over top 10 teams in consecutive weeks?