Stanford stomped any hopes of a Pac-12 team in the CFP
Bryce Love and the Stanford Cardinal (7-3, 6-2 Pac-12) upset then-No. 9 Washington (8-2, 5-2 Pac-12) 30-22 Friday night and eradicated any chance of a Pac-12 team making it to the College Football Playoff. Love had his best game in four weeks as he ran through the Huskies defense for 166 yards and three touchdowns.
Rosen and the Bruins outlast the Sun Devils
Arizona State (5-5, 4-3 Pac-12) got off to a hot start against UCLA (5-5, 3-4 Pac-12) Saturday night, but it was Josh Rosen and the Bruins who came out victorious, 44-37. The highlight of the night was Manny Wilkins’ touchdown run as he hurdled a defender on his way to the end zone that put the Sun Devils up 21-14. But the ASU defense couldn’t contain Rosen, Bolu Olorunfunmi and company as the Bruins outscored the Sun Devils 24-17 in the second half on their way to the victory.
Sam Darnold and the Trojans are the top dog in the Pac-12
USC (9-2, 7-1 Pac-12) is now the highest ranked Pac-12 team after its 38-24 win over Colorado (5-6, 2-6 Pac-12) and Stanford’s upset win against Washington. Sam Darnold has been making better decisions in the latter part of this season as he’s only thrown two interceptions in the last five games compared to the nine interceptions he threw in the first six games of the season. Darnold has made a positive turnaround to his season and if he continues to play like he has and minimize his turnovers, then we could see USC holding up the Pac-12 Championship trophy on Dec. 1.
Tate breaks the 200-yard barrier for the third time this season
Khalil Tate is an unstoppable force and there is no immovable object to contain him. For the third time this season Tate eclipsed the 200-yard mark on the ground in Arizona’s (7-3, 5-2 Pac-12) 49-28 victory over Oregon State (1-9, 0-7 Pac-12). Tate threw for 68 yards and one interception, but what he lacked in the passing game he made up for in the run game as he rushed for 206 yards and two touchdowns and improves on what is already a spectacular Heisman campaign.
No. 12 USC - The Trojans move up three spots after their win against Colorado.
No. 15 Washington State - The Cougars move up four spots after their 33-25 win against the Utes.
No. 16 Washington - The Cougars moved down seven spots after they were upset by Stanford.
No. 20 Stanford - The Cardinal are back in the rankings this week after they upset the the Huskies.