It will be Arizona State and Stanford playing for the Pac-12 title on Dec. 7 after a surprising Saturday of football.

First, Arizona steamrolled Oregon, 42-16, and knocked the Ducks out of the title game with Stanford routing Cal, 63-13, in the Big Game.

The other surprise was the dismantling Washington did to Oregon State – 69-27 in Reser Stadium.

Arizona State held on to beat UCLA, 39-33, in the Rose Bowl. They hope to make another trip to Pasadena for the New Year.

Washington State held off Utah, 49-37, to win its sixth game and become eligible for a bowl game. It would be the Cougars’ first since 2003.

USC had little trouble in winning at Colorado, 47-29.

It’s rivalry week for all teams except Cal and Stanford. The Golden Bears are done and the Cardinal will take on Notre Dame.

Here are this week’s rankings:

1. Arizona State (9-2, 7-1): Sun Devils bolt to top of the list after capturing Pac-12 South title with a road win.

2. USC (9-3, 6-2): Trojans can’t win the South but can still play for the Alamo or Holiday.

3. Stanford (9-2, 7-2): Cardinal catch a break and will play for second straight Pac-12 title.

4. Oregon (9-2, 6-2): Ducks will likely see streak of four straight BCS bowls end after blowout loss.

5. UCLA (8-3, 5-3): Bruins won’t be playing in third straight Pac-12 title game after home loss to Sun Devils.

6. Arizona (7-4, 4-4): Wildcats out-Oregoned Oregon. Great win after head-scratching loss to Cougars the previous week.

7. Washington (7-4, 4-4): Huskies punched first and kept punching as they ran all over the Beavers. Sark looking for first eight-win season. Beat the Cougars in the Apple Cup and he has it.

8. Washington State (6-5, 4-4): Cougars are eligible for a bowl game. A win in the Apple Cup would cap a turnaround season.

9. Oregon State (6-5, 4-4): Worst performance I have ever seen from Mike Riley’s program. Just dreadful. Should they even accept a bowl bid?

10. Utah (4-7, 1-7): Utes and Buffaloes battle this week to stay in the top 10 of my rankings.

11. Colorado (4-7, 1-7): Buffaloes making strides but still not competitive in conference play.

12. California (1-11, 0-9): Season comes to a merciful end.

Steve Gress is the sports editor of the Corvallis Gazette-Times. He can be reached at

Sports editor of the Corvallis Gazette-Times and Albany Democrat-Herald

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