The college football regular season has come to a close. Now it’s time to go bowling. (...but first watch Army vs. Navy)
The Pac-12 championship game will be a showdown between two California Schools
No. 21 Stanford (8-3, 7-2 Pac-12) and No. 11 USC (10-2, 8-1) will meet on Dec. 1 at Levi’s Stadium to play for the Pac-12 title. Washington’s win over Washington State solidified Stanford winning the Pac-12 North. Washington and Stanford are actually tied for first place in the North, but the Cardinal defeated the Huskies earlier in the season, which gives them the tiebreaker. Stanford’s 38-20 victory over Notre Dame had no bearing on the Pac-12 title game, but it was a solid way for the Cardinal to end their season heading into the title game. USC ended their season on a bye week after not having one all season.
No. 17 Washington blows out No. 13 Washington State
Amidst a blowout win for Washington (10-2, 7-2), running back Myles Gaskin had a career day Saturday night, as he ran all over the Washington State’s (9-3, 6-3) defense in the Huskies 41-14 victory Saturday night. Gaskin racked up 192 yards and four touchdowns, which tied his career-high for a single game. Luke Falk showed his inconsistency once again, as he threw three interceptions and only one touchdown, but he did rack up 369 yards in the loss.
No. 21 Stanford’s big win over No. 8 Notre Dame
Heisman candidate Bryce Love ran the ball with ease against Notre Dame, but it was K.J. Costello who shined the brightest Saturday night. Costello threw for 176 yards and a career-high four passing touchdowns. The game was close until the 10:10 left in the fourth quarter when the Cardinal took an 18-point lead on the Fighting Irish on a three-yard touchdown run from Cameron Scarlett to seal the deal. Stanford’s defense also shut down running back Josh Adams who had just 49 rushing yards. His season average was 115.5 yards per game. Stanford won the turnover battle, shut down Notre Dame’s running game and proved why they are one of the best teams in the Pac-12.
The Sun Devils won the Territorial Cup, but lost their head coach
Arizona State (7-5, 6-3) defeated Arizona (7-5, 6-3) by a score of 42-30 in the 91st Territorial Cup, but ASU fired head coach Todd Graham, who coached the Sun Devils since Dec., 2011. Graham will coach Arizona State in its bowl game, but that will be his final game coaching for the Sun Devils and the end of his era in Tempe.
Bowl Projections (according to ESPN):
USC - PlayStation Fiesta Bowl
Stanford - San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl
Washington - Valero Alamo Bowl
Washington State - Foster Farms Bowl
Arizona State - Hyundai Sun Bowl
Arizona - Las Vegas Bowl, Cactus Bowl
UCLA - NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl/Walk-On’s Independence Bowl
Oregon - Las Vegas Bowl/Cactus Bowl
UCLA - Walk On’s Independence Bowl/NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl