The Oregon Ducks beat the USC Trojans 47-20 and took control of the Pac Ten race. The Trojans dropped from #5 in the BCS to #12 and the Ducks moved form #10 to #8. If Oregon can win out they will qualify for the Rose Bowl. The Trojans still have an outside shot at qualifying for a BCS game if teams ranked in front of them lose a game or two. USC needs Penn State and LSU to lose and the Trojans need to hope that none of the BCS Bowls select TCU and Boise State. TCU will be ranked higher, but Boise State will be eligible to be selected. If things break correctly for USC, a BCS Bowl might have to choose between Boise State and USC. Arizona moved from #20 to #18 and California moved from #24 to #20. There are a number of interesting match-ups left in the Pac Ten that will have BCS implications.
Oregon got a huge win over USC and all the Ducks have heard all week is how the Trojans run has come to an end and how they are one of the most dangerous teams in the country. Now Oregon must put all the accolades behind them and get ready for a very solid football team when they travel to Stanford (5-3). If the Ducks can't get past the Cardinal the victory over USC will be meaningless. A win against Stanford will result in the Ducks moving higher in the BCS Standings and it would keep their Rose Bowl hopes alive.
The # 18 Arizona Wildcats face the Washington State Cougars in a game that Arizona is expected to win. If the Wildcats win this week their next two games against California and Oregon will determine if they are a threat to win the Pac Ten Title. Arizona QB Nick Foles is 2nd in the Pac Ten in Passing Efficiency and RB Nic Grigsby is averaging 7.5 YPC. If the Wildcats can continue to get that kind of production from those two players Arizona will make the rest of the season very interesting. The games to keep an eye on this week are Oregon @ Stanford and Oregon State @ California. Stanford is only two games out of first place and they get the Ducks at home. After Saturday Stanford could be one game out of 1st place and in a great position to qualify for the Holiday Bowl. The loser of Oregon State and California will be eliminated from Rose Bowl contention.