Premier Pac-10 Games of Week 13

The Big Game is not the biggest game of the week in the Pac-10. For the first time in a long time, USC is not the talk of the conference. Oregon State has the opportunity to be the first team in the Pac-10 other than the Trojans to earn a Rose Bowl berth since Washington State in 2003. Cal must bounce back from their only back-to-back losses of the season this week in the Big Game…

With a game at Arizona and a home game against rival Oregon, the Oregon State Beavers are two games away from their first BCS game since the Fiesta Bowl in 2000. With the Pac-10 taking so much criticism for their out of conference performances, getting two teams in the BCS would be a great accomplishment for the conference. The Big Game has major bowl ramifications. Stanford must win to earn their first bowl berth in seven years.

Stanford 5-6 (4-4) at California 6-4 (4-3)

These two teams have a strong dislike for each other. The Axe is at stake. Putting the bragging rights aside for a moment a bowl berth is on the line when Stanford visits Cal on Saturday. Stanford has not been to a bowl game since 2001 when they lost to Georgia Tech 24-14 in the Seattle Bowl. Stanford leads the series over Cal 50-4-10 in the Big Game.

Before last season, the Bears had possession of the Axe for five straight years. The Cardinal would like nothing more than to beat California and not only keep the Axe, but become bowl eligible in Berkeley. Thinking ahead, if Stanford is able to retain Jim Harbaugh this series could become very competitive over the years with annual bowl appearances by both teams.

The Cardinal will rely on Toby Gerhart who has rushed for 1,033 yards and 14 touchdowns. The Bear linebackers will have their hands full, but if they are able to stop Gerhart and force Tavita Pritchard to pass the Bears should win back the Axe.

Cal Sports Digest says…the Bears remain unbeaten at home.

No. 21 Oregon State 7-3 (6-1) at Arizona 6-4 (4-3)

OSU is two games away from a Rose Bowl berth. The Beavers have to beat Arizona in Tucson and beat Oregon at Auzten Stadium. OSU has beaten the Wildcats eight out of the last nine games and the Beavers are trying to win their fourth game in a row in Tucson. OSU will give Arizona a steady diet of Quizz Rodgers who has 1,233 yards and 11 touchdowns. Arizona will have a hard time finding the 5-foot-7 Rodgers behind the massive offensive line of the Beavers. The Rose Bowl is on the line for this game and the Wildcats are trying to secure the best available bowl.

Cal Sports Digest says…Beavers continue road struggles against good teams.

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