Welcome to the Thanksgiving edition of the Pac-12 mailbag, which includes playoff talk and analysis of Rich Rodriguez's future.
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The winner of the Bruins and Trojans will go on to face Stanford. The Cardinal, meanwhile, can keep their playoff hopes alive by beating Notre Dame.
Here are 10 things to keep an eye on in the Pac-12's final week of the regular season.
A win over Washington State would be the sixth of the season for Washington, giving the Pac-12 a 10th bowl-eligible team.
CFP Rankings: Nos. 16 - 20
In the latest playoff rankings, Northwestern, Oregon, and Ole Miss all move up, while TCU bumps down one spot to No. 19. Washington State rounds out the top 20.
CFP rankings: 16-20
- 16. Northwestern
- 17. Oregon
- 18. Ole Miss
- 19. TCU
- 20. Washington State
Darren Carrington, one of Oregon's top weapons, credits his time spent on the scout team for preparing him to face other teams' top defensive backs.
After a necessary acclimatization period, Oregon QB Vernon Adams Jr. vaulted to the the top of the rankings with a 407-yard, six-TD performance.
The Ducks quarterback's performances during a five-game winning streak begs the question of where Oregon would be had Adams not gotten injured.
Oregon usually waits until closer to a game to release new uniform combinations, but apparently it couldn't wait to unveil its 'Civil War' look.
McShay wouldn't want to play Ducks
Despite Oregon's three losses, Todd McShay would not want to play the Ducks right now. They're a different team with a healthy Vernon Adams Jr. under center. Mel & Todd (Insider)
Pac-12 must adapt schedule in playoff era
The "We'll play nine conference games, that'll show 'em" plan may not work out for the Pac-12, but they aren't alone. Many schools and conferences are still trying to figure out their scheduling approach in the playoff era. McGee: Flipping the Field
After Oregon stayed hot and Stanford handled Cal, the Pac-12 schedule features a storied rivalry that will determine a division champ.
Ducks fly up power rankings
Stellar play by Oregon QB Vernon Adams Jr. has the Ducks looking like the team that made it to the playoff last season. How high did their win over USC move them in the ESPN poll this week? Power Rankings
Ducks building a case ... for Spartans
Oregon won its fifth straight since QB Vernon Adams Jr. returned from a broken finger. The Ducks will move up, and that should help Michigan State's playoff résumé. Dinich: Who impressed in Week 12?
It appears that the balance of power in the Pac-12 may have shifted.
Stanford punched its ticket to the conference title game, and Oregon heads into its regular-season finale as one of college football's hottest teams.
Stanford, Oregon, Arizona State and Utah were among the Pac-12 programs that had key visitors in this weekend.
Oregon's Vernon Adams, Stanford's Christian McCaffrey and Arizona State's Devin Lucien get helmet stickers this week.
Chantel Jennings ESPN Staff Writer
Several Oregon players are gathering together tonight to watch the Stanford-Cal game. If Cal wins, the Ducks have a shot at the Pac-12 North title. "We're all Cal fans right now," defensive end DeForest Buckner said during the post game press conference. "Go Bears!"
Vernon Adams throws for six touchdowns as Oregon puts together its best offensive performance of the season in rout of USC.
Chantel Jennings ESPN Staff Writer
What's better - forcing a fumble or scoring a TD? Oregon's Charles Nelson says it's the touchdown. Said he was like the Red Bull mascot. "A little guy going up and growing wings!"
Adams leads Oregon's rout of USC
Vernon Adams Jr. threw for 407 yards and six touchdowns in Oregon's 48-28 win over USC.
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