Oct 19, 2013; Stanford, CA, USA; Stanford Cardinal head coach David Shaw congratulates wide receiver Kodi Whitfield (9) after a touchdown against the UCLA Bruins in the 3rd quarter at Stanford Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Stanton-USA TODAY Sports
Oregon Ducks: Coming off a bye week, the Ducks now turn their attention to one of the biggest games of the season as they get set to avenge their only loss of last year against Stanford. A win here all but guarantees them another trip to the conference title game and puts them in great position to stay at number two in the BCS.
Stanford Cardinal: Already in a great position at number five in the BCS standings, the Cardinal have a chance to completely explode the national title picture if they can knock of the Ducks for a second straight season.
Arizona State: Next to Oregon, the Sun Devils may very well be the hottest team in Pac-12 at the moment, and may also be the new front runner in the South.
UCLA Bruins: They got off to a slower start than expected against Colorado, but were able to come away with a win in the end to snap their two-game skid.
USC Trojans: Simply put, this is just a different team under Ed Orgeron. This was proven again in their convincing win over Oregon State.
Oregon State Beavers: The Beavers are on a bye week this week, and they need it after one of their worst performances of the season against USC.
Washington Huskies: Also coming off a bye week, the Huskies will look to become bowl eligible this week against Colorado before taking on UCLA next week.
Arizona Wildcats: Rich Rodriguez’s team survived a scare from Cal on the road, but will now begin a tough four-game stretch with UCLA up first.
Utah Utes: Arizona State may not be the team that the Utes were looking for coming off a bye week, but that’s what they’re getting.
Washington State Cougars: The Cougars are on a bye week this week, and that is probably a good thing after getting taken to the woodshed by Arizona State.
Colorado Buffaloes: The Buffs hung with UCLA for about as long as they could, but this defense is in shambles. It might only get worse this week against Washington.
Cal Golden Bears: They didn’t quit against a very good Arizona team which is a very good sign for head coach Sonny Dykes and the development of this program.
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