Heading into Week 6, three teams still remain undefeated: Washington, Washington State, and Utah. None of them will be facing off this weekend, so they could all extend their streaks another week. USC, the former top ranked team in the PAC-12, fell to Washington State last week in their first loss of the season. This game saw top prospect Sam Darnold struggle and add to his turnover total, one of the Trojans’ biggest problems this year. On the other hand, injured running back Ronald Jones II returned and played extremely well. This Saturday, #14 USC will go against Oregon State, who sits at the bottom of the PAC-12. With a far more talented roster than the Beavers, expect this game to get ugly early as the Trojans earn an easy win.
The next PAC-12 game of the weekend is #11 Washington State vs Oregon. Washington State’s offense had a nice showing against USC, which is a good sign for them as they prepare to take on the Ducks. The defensive side of the ball could be their undoing in this game, however. Jones II had no problems racking up yards in his first game back from injury, so a top end rushing attack from Oregon could be problematic for Washington State.
Next up is Arizona vs. Colorado, who are both winless in the conference. Arizona has been up and down all season, failing to find consistency on either sides of the ball. Colorado, on the other hand, has been steady on both sides, but they don’t have any overly impressive parts of their team. I think the difference maker will be Arizona QB Brandon Dawkins. If he’s on a roll, then Arizona will win, but if he’s off as a passer or runner, then they’ll fail to overcome Colorado.
After this, Stanford takes on #20 Utah. Stanford’s QB situation is still in shambles with K.J. Costello serving as the starter currently. He has yet to go for over 200 yards passing and Stanford can’t do anything without Bryce Love having a monster performance. This should be an easy win for Utah.
The last game of the week is #6 Washington vs Cal. The Golden Bears are currently 0-2 in conference, and unfortunately for them they’ll be taking on Jake Browning and the Washington Huskies. Washington’s offense hasn’t been slowed down all year and Browning is on a tear, with only one game where he hasn’t thrown for at least 1 TD. The Huskies should get an easy win and stay atop the PAC-12.