An unbelievable weekend for ASU & the Pac 12 has left me stunned like so many other Sun Devil fans. A win by Utah in overtime over Stanford started the confusion, but it continued with a near impossible win by Arizona over Washington which was capped off with ASU’s heart-breaker in Corvallis. To put it simply, this weekend is H-U-G-E, because ASU needs some assistance to repeat as Champs of the South.
Let’s take a look, but first — the current Pac 12 Standings:
ASU needs to bounce back in a big way against the Cougars. The is the first of two must-wins for the Devils to close out their 2014 campaign.
ASU is bigger, faster, and more talented than Washington State. But they must show the will they lacked at Oregon State last Saturday. They need to prove it.
This game is absolutely huge. We’re pulling hard for Utah to win and assure the that UA has no shot at winning the division. We don’t want the Territorial Cup game possibly deciding the South Champion because, as I’ve been saying all year, the Rats have had too much dumb luck on their side.
This game doesn’t matter much in the standings, but a Stanford win does some good for the Devils due to their victory over the Cardinal on October 18. More importantly, we’d like to see the Trees head to Pasadena next weekend with some added confidence when they match up with UCLA, a game that could possibly determine the Devils’ championship fate.
We just want Oregon to keep winning and hold their spot in the 4 team playoff in representation of the Pac 12.
That said, there is one exception. Should the Devils find their way to the game on Dec. 5, we’ll gladly wish the Ducks their third defeat. Shame on us for getting ahead of ourselves.
This game is nearly as big as the ASU game because unless UCLA loses to SC on Saturday or Stanford the following week, the Sun Devils cannot win the South.
Fight on for a victory on Saturday, Trojans.
Neither team in the Pac 12 North will have an impact on ASU’s championship hopes, but since one of ASU’s two losses came at the hands of the struggling Beavers, it would be nice to see them earn a little more cred as a program.
UCLA wins if: They win out.
ASU wins if: They win out and UCLA loses to either USC or Stanford (very simple).
USC wins if: They beat UCLA and ASU loses to either Washington State or Arizona.
Utah wins if: They win out and ASU beats Washington State but loses to Arizona and UCLA beats USC but loses to Stanford.
Arizona wins if: They win out and UCLA beats USC and then Stanford knocks off UCLA the following week. In this case I would probably have to kill myself. This would fall on Cal and Washington for blowing late leads in Tucson to even put the Cats in this position.
Unlike the last three years when the South Champion was decided without much fanfare, this year and particularly this weekend will bring heightened drama to the Pac 12 South storyline. Fan bases of one team will find themselves flipping between channels as plays unfold in other match ups that could directly impact their hopes for Pac 12 hardware.
For us, the 5:00 PM battle in L.A. is the biggest one to watch after the Devils hopefully earn win #9 vs Washington State. See you early Saturday for ASU’s Senior Day and it’s final home stand of 2014. #BeatTheCougs