Premier Pac-10 Games of Week 15

With one week left in Pac-10 play there is still a lot at stake for USC, Arizona, and Cal. The Trojans have an opportunity to go to the Rose Bowl and play Penn State if they can beat UCLA. As disappointing as Arizona State's season has been they can qualify for a bowl game with a win over rival Arizona. And the Bears do not want to be the first team this season to lose to Washington…

California would like to finish the year on a winning streak. Cal's bowl game is still up in the air. The Sun, Las Vegas, and Emerald bowls will pay close attention to the Cal and Arizona games.

California 7-4 (5-3) vs. Washington 0-11 (0-8)

The Bears find themselves in a position to win their eighth game of the season against the Huskies. Cal has a few disappointing losses this year, but to finish the year at 8-4 is not a bad year. If the Bears can win their bowl game it would be a nine-win season. This is a game that California will want to put away early.

If the Huskies are in this game going into the fourth quarter, it will be hard for the Bears to hold onto the victory. No team wants to finish the year without a win. UW lost a heartbreaker early in the year to BYU and also had a tough loss to their rival Washington State. The Huskies should have a won at least one game this season. It would not be a shock to see them play Cal very tough. The Bears should win this game, but they must get off to a good start and not allow the Huskies to feel like they have a chance to win their first game of the year.

Cal Sports Digest says…Bears roll but don't cover.

USC 10-1 (7-1) vs. UCLA 4-7 (3-5)

All the signs point to a blowout win by the Trojans, but UCLA cost USC a shot at the National Championship a two years ago in a similar situation. A lot of times when teams do not take their opponent seriously it ends up costing them.

Pete Carroll will have his team focused and USC will be honored to once again represent the Pac-10 in the Rose Bowl. The Trojans are all about winning National Championships, but if the Rose Bowl is the consolation prize there is not a bowl in existence that is a better place to be invited too.

Bruin coach Rick Neuheisel will get a close look at the type of talent that he will need to acquire if he hopes to compete with USC in the future. Once Neuheisel gets close to the talent of the Trojans, his coaches Norm Chow and DeWayne Walker might have the coaching expertise to put them over the top, but UCLA will not be in position to accomplish this for another two or three years. Expect the Trojans to put the Bruins away quickly.

Cal Sports Digest says…USC names its score.

Arizona State 5-6 (4-4) at Arizona 6-5 (4-4)

It is simple, the Sun Devils win and they are going bowling. Furthermore, a win could vault them into the Las Vegas or Emerald Bowl while knocking the Wildcats down to the Hawaii Bowl. But the ‘Cats would like nothing more than to improve their bowl resume with a win over their hated rivals.

Arizona is headed to a bowl game for the first time in 10 years. However, the Wildcats have lost their last two games. A possible eight or nine-win season seemed like a lock a few weeks ago. Now, it is conceivable that they might end the season with four straight losses if they can not rebound against ASU and in the bowl game.

Cal Sports Digest says…no bowl game for ASU.


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