Welcome to Week 9. Ted is in Tucson for what is expected to be an offensive bonanza between USC and Arizona. I’m in hot and sunny Seattle (note the sarcasm, it’s cold and rainy) for Oregon State at Washington. We’ll bring you the standard pregame reports from those games when we get closer to kickoff.
Here’s a look at the rest of what’s coming up today (all times are Pacific).
Colorado (1-6, 1-3) at No. 4 Oregon (7-0, 4-0), noon, Pac-12 Networks: Colorado ranks 119th in scoring defense and has allowed opponents to reach at least 42 points in four of the past five games. Dating back to last season, the Buffs have allowed 10 of their past 15 opponents to score at least 42 points. This is bad news, because Oregon has scored at least 30 points in 20 consecutive games.
UCLA (5-2, 2-2) at Arizona State (5-2, 3-1), noon, FX: UCLA leads the series 17-10-1, but the Sun Devils have won three of the past five. The Bruins, however, won memorably 29-28 in 2011. The Sun Devils missed a 46-yard field goal for the win as time expired. This is a huge game in helping determine the landscape of the Pac-12 South. Sun Devils' psyche will be tested after last week’s loss to Oregon. Also a bit of a homecoming for UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley, who played at nearby Chandler High School, and UCLA offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone, who was with ASU the past two seasons.
Washington State (2-5, 0-4) at No. 17 Stanford (5-2, 3-1), 3:15 p.m. , Pac-12 Networks: Washington State has lost 18 straight games versus AP-ranked opponents (Stanford is 19th in AP this week). The Cougars haven’t beaten a ranked opponent since 2006 (No. 16 Oregon) and they haven’t beaten a ranked opponent on the road since 2003 (No. 10 Oregon). Victories have been a little tougher to come by for Stanford with three of its five victories coming by seven points or fewer. Last season only one of the Cardinal’s 11 wins were by less than a touchdown. Stanford is 4-0 when Josh Nunes passes for at least 200 yards.
California (3-5, 2-3) at Utah (2-5, 0-4), 6:45 p.m., Pac-12 Networks: Cal leads the series 5-3, including a 34-10 win in Berkeley last year. But Utah has won three of the past five -- all of which were prior to the Utes joining the conference. Cal will try to rebound from its 3-yard rushing performance against Stanford last week in the Big Game. Utah needs a big run to keep its bowl streak of nine straight years in the postseason alive.