Pac-10 Preview: Week 7

Another week, another challenge to USC's reign. The Trojans have appeared mortal of late and ASU would love to right there ship against the conference's big dog. The Trojans better be careful, Cal is nipping at their heels.

1. USC
The Trojans have been less than impressive but no one has beaten them yet. They still get the benefit of the doubt but tougher games lie ahead.

2. Cal
Think the Bears would love to get the Tennessee game back?

3. Oregon
Some thought Oregon was in the middle of one of those dream seasons where everything goes right. The Cal Bears were not among them.

4. Washington 4-2
The Huskies have more losses than UCLA, but they have the edge with the head to head win. They also get a lot of credit in the loss to USC. They were in it until the end and the clock keeper did them no favors on the final play.

5. UCLA 4-1
Still waiting to see if the Bruins are for real. They could easily be 5-0 if they could have held the lead against Washington. Aside from the Utah game they have not been overly impressive but the improved defense could keep them in the hunt.

6. Washington State 4-2
The Cougs hung with USC, but lack the big wins. They have beaten who they should have beaten and lost to teams that were better. They can prove themselves with a win over Cal, but even a close loss would bode well.

7. Arizona State 3-2
The Devils get their third difficult opponent in a row when they face USC. The Devils are reeling after two straight blowout losses and need to make this one a game or else the wheels could come off.

8. Arizona
The Wildcats get the edge over the Beavers because of a tougher schedule and less blowout losses, but they need to get a few wins in the next few weeks to avoid a freefall.

9. Oregon State
The Beavers have yet to beat a quality opponent. They'll get their chance this weekend against Washington.

10. Stanford
As of now the Cardinal are dead last. They have a chance to move out of the cellar with a win over Arizona.


UCLA at #18 Oregon
UCLA wants to prove that they are for real, while Oregon hopes to rebound from the terrible loss at Cal. This one is in Eugene and the Ducks are tough to beat there, even when they don't get help from the replay official.

#10 California at Washington State
Cal is very good, but WSU has been a tough out at home this year, just ask USC. The Bears are the better team, but could they have a letdown after two highly anticipated games in a row?

Oregon State at Washington
Six weeks ago this one was seen as a toss up, now the Huskies are a prohibitive favorite. They want to prove that they are really as good as their record reflects, while Oregon State needs to beat someone with a D-I win.

Arizona State at #3 USC
The trends are not in ASU's favor. Dirk Koetter has never led ASU to a Pac-10 win in California and has just two wins against ranked teams. Will a bye week help the Devils against a USC team that appears mortal?

Arizona at Stanford
Arizona needs a win to right the ship, while Stanford just needs a win. A loss on Saturday and the Cardinal may go 0-12. A loss on Saturday and Arizona may lose the confidence to win again this season.

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