I keep saying this, but it just keeps being true so I’ll repeat it.
It’s amazing how every week in the Pac-12 is so meaningful.
In the MWC, it’s likely that if we’d beaten someone like Stanford (think back to TCU) the next week we get New Mexico so we could throttle down. Here we are heading to Arizona. Now Arizona isn’t the team they were last year, but they’d probably come close to winning the MWC this season. And if the Utes want to make their lives a whole lot easier, they need to go into Tucson and win.
And that’s not all. Just this weekend UCLA goes to Stanford, Washington is at Arizona St., and USC has a date with the Fighting Irish.
Next week gives us, Utah/USC, Stanford going to Oregon St and oh yeah UCLA at Oregon.
Not to mention the Utes also still have a date with Oregon.
But coming back to this weekend a few things are going to shake out. The loser of Utah-Arizona is going to find themselves in a very difficult world while the winner can almost certainly start making bowl plans. Both could still make it but the margin of error becomes zero.
Stanford is fighting to stay in the Pac-12 North race while UCLA wants to get this one before heading to Oregon. And Washington/ASU makes one of those teams officially a pretender.
Like I said, big weekend.
Also as a side note, in all of our giddyness, some were wondering, including me if the pac-12 South was off the table. The answer is mathematically no, in reality yes. Utah is two games behind UCLA and we lost to the Bruins meaning Utah loses the tiebreaker as well. For the Utes to win the South, they must win out (meaning winning at Oregon) while UCLA loses three times.
Tall Order is an understatement…