Bruins-Trojans highlights Pac-12 week
The regular season has two weeks left and there's still plenty to be decided in the Pac-12 South. While No. 2 Oregon has wrapped up the North, five teams still have a shot at the South. Here's what to look for in the conference this week:
GAME OF THE WEEK: No. 25 Southern California at No. 11 UCLA. Arizona State's surprising loss to Oregon State added extra motivation in the Southern California rivalry. With the Sun Devils' loss, UCLA is in control of the Pac-12 South Division and USC still has a shot at the title. The Bruins can earn a spot in the Pac-12 Championship by winning their last two games, while the Trojans need to beat UCLA and have Arizona State lose one of its final two games. UCLA has won the past two meetings, including a 35-14 victory last season.
BEST MATCHUP: Stanford at California. The Big Game could actually be a game. There's plenty on the line, too. Stanford has dominated the annual rivalry with four straight wins, including a 63-13 victory last season that was the most lopsided victory in Big Game history. The Cardinal aren't the powerhouse they once were, laboring at 5-5 overall and 3-4 in the conference after winning the past two Pac-12 championships. Cal is on the rise in its second season under Sonny Dykes, matching Stanford at 5-5 after winning one game all last season. Both teams need to win one of their final two games to become bowl eligible, adding stakes to a game that's already intense.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS: Washington State's Connor Halliday leads the Pac-12 with 32 TD passes and Cal's Jared Goff has 30. Oregon's Marcus Mariota and USC's Cody Kessler each have 29, giving the conference a chance to have four QBs throw 30 TD passes in a season for just the second time (with 2011). ... Colorado WR Nelson Spruce needs one catch to become the sixth player in Pac-12 history to have 100 in a season. ... Arizona State QB Taylor Kelly has accounted for 84 TDs (71 pass, 13 rush), one behind Andrew Walter's school record of 85 (all passing).
IMPACT PLAYER: Oregon State QB Sean Mannion. The senior is on the cusp of joining some elite company. Mannion is 12th all-time in FBS with 13,124 passing yards and needs 130 yards against Washington to crack the top 10, moving past Aaron Murray of Georgia (13,166 from 2010-13) and Colt McCoy of Texas (13,253 from 2006-09).
Complied by AP College Football Writer John Marshall.