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November 11, 2009 2:03 AM

Week Four: Pac Ten Teams In The BCS

There were big changes in the BCS and the Pac Ten Standings. Oregon could not beat Stanford after they crushed USC the week before. USC is now back in the mix for a BCS at larger bid. Arizona along with Oregon controls their own destiny for a Rose Bowl berth and they meet each other on November 21st in Tucson. Oregon (#13) is currently tied for first place in the Pac Ten with Arizona (#17), but they are ranked behind USC (#9) in the BCS Standings. The Pac Ten Champion might not be decided until the last week of the season.

 

The team that many people are not talking about is the Arizona Wildcats. Arizona is at California this week and the Bears have been very inconsistent this season. The Wildcats are third in the Pac Ten in scoring offense (32.4 PPG). Arizona does a very good job of spreading the ball to different receivers. Five players have more than 20 receptions for the Wildcats. Arizona is 2nd in total defense in the conference surrendering 298.6 YPG. If Arizona can defeat the Bears a lot will be on the line when they get the Oregon Ducks at home on November 21st. Arizona will probably move up in the BCS Standings next week, because teams that are ranked ahead of them such as Utah, Pitt and Iowa or Ohio State could lose on Saturday.

 

Oregon must wake up quickly and take advantage of the fact that they still control their own destiny for a Rose Bowl bid, but they cannot afford to lose against Arizona State. The Sun Devils have an attacking defense and they are ranked #1 in the Pac Ten in defensive 3rd down percentage. Opposing offenses are only converting 31% of their third down attempts. The Ducks must get off to a quick start and put pressure on an Arizona States offense that is only scoring 24.1 PPG (8th in the Pac Ten). A win against Arizona State will set-up a very huge game against Arizona that will attract a lot of media coverage and the game will have a tremendous impact on the BCS.

 

The USC Trojans have the most important game in the Pac Ten this week. The Trojans are in a position to earn a BCS at large berth if they can win their last three games. This week they face a much-improved Stanford team at home. The Cardinal are led by Toby Gerhart the best RB in the conference. Gerhart is averaging 135.2 YPG. The USC defense must prove that they can stop the run after getting torched on the ground by Oregon a couple weeks ago. Stanford is trying to get back in the Rose Bowl picture and USC is trying to get a BCS bid. The last time Stanford played in the Los Angeles Coliseum they upset USC 24-23. Expect Pete Carroll to have his team prepared for this game.

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