#17 Washington 9-2 (6-2) vs. #13 Washington State 9-2 (6-2)
Date: Saturday, November 25th
Time: 5:00pm PST
Location: Alaska Airlines Field at Husky Stadium, Seattle, Washington
Radio: KOMO AM 1000
Excitement Rating: 10/10 (I will always give UW a 10/10 in the excitement rating. Actual score 9/10...). If Washington had beaten Stanford then this game would be an 11. Another Apple Cup that decides the Pac-12 North. But instead UW merely gets to play the role of spoiler which they are favored to do. Here are Washington State’s road results this year: 23 point win over Oregon w/o Herbert, 34 point loss to Cal, 21 point loss to Arizona, 8 point win over Utah. Color me not impressed. I’ll believe a Mike Leach team can beat a Petersen defense when I see it.
Washington is a 10 point favorite with an over/under of 48. That means the betting public expects a final score of Washington-29, Washington State-19.
Other Pac-12 Games
California 5-6 (2-6) @ UCLA 5-6 (3-5)
Time: Friday 11/24, 7:30 pm PST
Excitement Rating: 6/10. This is the first of a pair of bowl eligibility show downs in the final week of the season. It will be interesting to see how UCLA reacts now that Jim Mora has been fired. It’s doubtful that a coach chooses the Bruins based on whether they get a bowl game or not but it would certainly hurt their perception if they missed. It’s crazy that the Josh Rosen era may end with a record of 16-13 despite him being a probable top-5 pick and all that talent. I’ll be sad to see Mora go.
UCLA is a 7 point favorite and the Over/Under is 64 which means the betting public expects a score of UCLA-36, Cal-29.
Arizona 7-4 (5-3) @ Arizona State 6-5 (5-3)
Time: 1:30 pm PST
TV: Pac-12 Networks
Excitement Rating: 8/10. A win by Arizona gives them a chance to be thought as a possible Pac-12 South favorite going into next year if Sam Darnold leaves and they have a full year of Khalil Tate. Meanwhile, Todd Graham hasn’t been able to capitalize on their mid-season surge and may still be on the hot seat with another 6-6 season. But this should be a high scoring affair that’s fun to watch.
Arizona is a 2 point favorite and the Over/Under 73.5 is which means the betting public expects a score of Arizona State-38, Arizona-36.
Oregon State 1-10 (0-8) @ Oregon 6-5 (3-5)
Time: 4:00 pm PST
Excitement Rating: 2/10. Oregon State will be playing for pride against their rival while trying to avoid a winless conference season. Oregon has their QB back but doesn’t have any season goals left to achieve. Expect the Ducks to petition to have their official record changed to 6-1 if they win this game because no other school in the country has to deal with injuries too.
Oregon is a 25 point favorite with an over/under of 62.5. That means the betting public expects a final score of Oregon-44, Oregon State-19.
Colorado 5-6 (2-6) @ Utah 5-6 (2-6)
Time: 7:00 pm PST
Excitement Rating: 6/10. We come to the 2nd great bowl game showdown. Both of these teams were thought of as potential Pac-12 South contenders and both had miserable seasons. Can Utah get back off the mat after a gut wrenching defeat at the hands of the Huskies? I don’t know and to be honest I don’t really care.
USC is a 10.5 point favorite and the Over/Under 56 is which means Vegas expects a score of Utah-33, Colorado-23.
Notre Dame 9-2 @ #21 Stanford 8-3 (7-2)
Time: 5:00 pm PST
Excitement Rating: 8/10. Now that Notre Dame is completely out of the playoff hunt and the Pac-12 North is out of Stanford’s hands, this game has lost some of its luster. I’m intrigued by the idea that Stanford could still theoretically end this season 8-6. In 10 years when we look back on this season UW could be 11-2 and Stanford 8-6 and yet Stanford was the Pac-12 North champion. I don’t know if that would make me feel worse or better.
Notre Dame is a 2.5 point favorite and the Over/Under 57 is which means Vegas expects a score of Notre Dame-30, Stanford-27.