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Yesterday was a crazy day in the Pac-10 and leaves the race wide open for Arizona. After Stanford knocked off Oregon and Cal fell to Oregon State here is what the Pac looks like:

 

RANK TEAM RECORD NEXT OPPONENT
1. Oregon 5-1 Arizona State
2. Arizona 4-1 @ California
3. Stanford 5-2 @ USC
4. USC 4-2 Stanford
5. Oregon State 4-2 Washington
6. California 3-3 Arizona
7. Arizona State 2-4 @Oregon
8. Washington 2-4 Oregon State
9. UCLA 1-5 @Washington State
10. Washington State 0-6 UCLA

 

Arizona is in prime position to control their own destiny. Let's take a look at the teams left on the Cats schedule and what happened to them this past weekend:

California. Cal is definitely beatable as they fell yesterday to Oregon State at home by 17 pointsJahvid Best left the game in the 2nd quarter after a terrifying slam into the turf while going in for a TD:

Best also suffered a concussion two weeks ago against Arizona State.  One would have to think that two concussions in two weeks would keep Best out of the lineup this week against Arizona.  (Update: Jahvid Best will NOT play against Arizona next weekend.) Cal was slated to be a Pac-10 contender to start the year but have fallen to Oregon, Southern Cal, and Oregon State in conference play.  Without Best, they are a team without a superstar.

Oregon. Did anyone see this coming? Stanford absolutely did whatever they wanted on offense against Oregon, beating the Ducks 51-42. Toby Gerhart ran for a school record 223 yards and Andrew Luck threw for 3 touchdowns against the Ducks, taking out the Pac-10's top rated top team.  Oregon was unable to stop Stanford's attack and their defense looked shaky trying to defend the run and the pass.  Let's hope that Arizona took some notes and will watch the game film a lot.

Arizona State. The Sun Devils have had a tough year in the Pac-10 only racking up two wins against Washington and Washington State.   Arizona State's starting QB Danny Sullivan threw a pick 6 against USC in the 2nd quarter which was enough for head coach Dennis Erickson to make the switch to Brock Osweiler.  This was a move that a lot of ASU fans have been waiting for. Osweiler was 12-23 for 113 yards and threw 2 interceptions.  Long days ahead in Tempe.

USC.  USC has squeaked out a few wins this year at Notre Dame, Oregon State, and Ohio State.  They have been playing lackluster offense all year behind their freshman Matt Barkley.  They barely got by a mediocre Arizona State team this past weekend, winning 14-9 and only scoring 1 offensive touchdown.  The Trojans still have Stanford, UCLA, and Arizona left on their schedule.  The way Stanford looked yesterday, they may give USC a run for their money.