Washington State at Stanford. Cougs outscored 135-13 over last two games. Stanford, 42-13.
No. 23 Oregon at California. Holiday Bowl bid could be on the line. Ducks, 41-32.
Arizona State at Oregon State. Beavers have six-game home winning streak. OSU, 34-20.
Washington at No. 7 Southern California. One of the widest point spreads in Pac-10 history seems low. SC, 53-3.
(By the way, when I was at USC football practice Wednesday, I spoke to SC defensive coordinator Nick Holt, and he made it clear that he isn’t thinking about a 50-point spread:
“Quite honestly – this isn’t just coach-speak – every Pac-10 team plays us pretty good,” he said. “So we’ve got to come every week. You just look at the last two (UW-USC games), it has come down to the last couple of plays of the game. We don’t take them lightly. We know their coaches – they’re very well coaches, quite honestly. And they’ve had a lot of injuries, and hopefully they don’t get it going against us.”)
(And speaking of Holt, why hasn’t his name come up in connection with the UW job? He’s coordinator of one of the great defenses in modern football history, he has head coaching experience in the Northwest — 5-18, but still: Idaho — and has spent the better part of two decades coaching in the West and is now in his sixth season in the Pac-10. So, I asked if he’d be interested:
“I don’t think about that,” he said. “To us down here and to people who know the Pac-10, that is just an awesome job. Whatever happens, they’re going to be good up there. Had they probably stayed with the guys they have now they’d end up being good. They’ve got some good young kids. They had some holes to fill recruiting. Hopefully they don’t catch up, but that is, as you know one of the premier places we think dow n here in the country. It’s just a matter of time.”)
Last week: 4-0.
UW games: 6-1.