A week after making an impressive statement against Notre Dame, Arizona State made another statement on Saturday night — losing to Oregon State to no longer control its own destiny to play for the Pac-12 title.
Gone, too, most likely, is a chance to win its way into the College Football Playoff.
Oregon State used three big touchdown plays to rally past the Sun Devils and end a four-game losing streak with a 35-27 victory in Reser Stadium.
Once again, the Pac-12 South Division race is a mess.
USC, which held off Cal, 38-30, is in first at 6-2. The Trojans wrap up the Pac-12 slate this Saturday against UCLA.
The Bruins are tied with Arizona State and Arizona at 5-2.
The easiest path is for UCLA to win out. The Bruins would then have defeated Arizona, Arizona State and USC.
After that, well, let’s wait another week to see how things go before diving into the scenarios.
Even Utah, which defeated Stanford 20-17 in two overtimes to get to 4-3 in the conference, is still alive.
The Utes face Arizona this week and wrap up against Colorado.
Arizona stayed in the hunt with a seemingly improbable home win over Washington, recovering a fumble when the Huskies could have run out the clock, then kicking the game-winning field goal.
Arizona kicker Casey Skowron, who missed a game-winner against USC, missed his first attempt but Huskies coach Chris Petersen had called a timeout.
Skowron didn’t miss the second time and the Wildcats won, 27-26.
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That was all the action this week as Oregon, UCLA, Colorado and Washington State had byes.
Here are this weeks rankings:
1. Oregon (9-1, 6-1): Ducks move back to the top spot where they easily could have been the past few weeks. Colorado, Oregon State and Pac-12 South survivor all that stands in Ducks way of CFP berth.
2. UCLA (8-2, 5-2): UCLA controls own destiny in reaching the Pac-12 title game. Bruins get USC and Stanford at home.
3. USC (7-3, 6-2): Trojans jump up a spot. Ahead of Arizona State because if not for that Hail Mary, Trojans would be in driver’s seat in the South.
4. Arizona State (8-2, 5-2): I get the slow start, but after taking a 24-14 lead on lowly Beavers, Sun Devils froze — literally, maybe? Need help now.
5. Utah (7-3, 4-3): Utes take down Cardinal for second straight season. Utah leapfrogs Arizona because that win on the road more impressive than surviving at home against Huskies.
6. Arizona (8-2, 5-2): Wildcats living right I guess. Now they go to Utah.
7t. California (5-5, 3-5): Bears fell behind early and battled back. Like the fight, just not there yet. The Big Game up this week.
7t. Stanford (5-5, 3-5): Cardinal have to win at Cal or UCLA to be eligible for a bowl game. Not a given they make one.
9. Washington State (3-7, 2-5): A bye week and a move up. Cougars stay in front of OSU because, well, they just beat them.
10. Oregon State (5-5, 2-5): What the heck? Storm Woods and Terron Ward ran wild on ASU. Win at UW and Beavers go bowling.
11. Washington (6-5, 2-5): Just when it looked like the Huskies were about to beat a ranked opponent on the road for just the second time in 22 tries, well, they Coug’d it. Yes, the Huskies Coug’d it. They may Coug a bowl game trip, too.
12. Colorado (2-8, 0-7): Six straight losses and likely a seventh with trip to Eugene up next.