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.
Southern crown at stake on Saturday
USC and UCLA fight for the Pac-12 South Division. The winner will face Stanford in the Pac-12 title game, but playoff hopes for either Los Angeles squad are all but extinguished. GameDay Kickoff: Rivalry Week
What we're thankful for in the Pac-12 this season, including an influx of young talent, surprises both good and bad, and the College Football Playoff.
Here are 10 things to keep an eye on in the Pac-12's final week of the regular season.
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Here are five past recruiting battles to remember as you watch USC and UCLA slug it out for the Pac-12 title South Saturday, and three future duels.
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. 21 - 25
In the latest playoff rankings, Mississippi State, UCLA, Utah, Toledo and Temple round out the top 25.
CFP rankings: 21-25
- 21. Mississippi State
- 22. UCLA
- 23. Utah
- 24. Toledo
- 25. Temple
Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer
Finalists for Lou Groza Collegiate Placekicker Award: Auburn's Daniel Carlson, Memphis' Jake Elliott and UCLA's Ka'imi Fairbairn.
With Rivalry Week upon us, it's a good time to take a look back at 10 memorable moments in USC-UCLA history.
Neither USC nor UCLA has had the season it wanted or expected in 2015. But there will still be plenty on the line when the rivals meet on Saturday.
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.
Bruins move up in power rankings
UCLA bounced back from a tough loss at home to Washington State with a win over Utah in Salt Lake City. Where are the Bruins slotted heading into Week 13? Power Rankings
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.
The Bruins knocked Utah out of Pac-12 South contention and find themselves a rivalry win away from playing in the conference championship game.
UCLA's Josh Rosen threw for 220 yards and a touchdown, and the Bruins beat Utah 17-9 on Saturday to move one game closer to the Pac-12 championship game.
David Lombardi ESPN Staff Writer
It appears that Utah just doesn't have enough offensive firepower to beat UCLA without Devontae Booker. Travis Wilson has passed for only 85 yards as the Bruins lead 17-9 late. This isn't entirely surprising, as the Utes relied on Booker more heavily than any team in country relied on their running back. The Utes are hoping their defense can give them a sorely needed spark. If that doesn't happen, UCLA will be in the Pac-12 South driver's seat with their showdown against USC looming.
UCLA @ USC Trojans
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum - Sat 11/28