Pac-12 the good, the bad and the unknown week 14: Bruins and Sun Devils make statements

Stephen Dunn

It was a good weekend for UCLA and Arizona State in the South.

The Good

UCLA - The topsy turvy throne of LA football still belongs to the Bruins despite all of the hype that USC had going into the game. The Bruins dominated the Trojans at home and looked a lot like the team that most thought that they were going to be going into the season.

Arizona State - The Territorial Cup is prone to feature upsets and wild games, but the Sun Devils made sure that didn't happen with a crushing victory over the red hot Wildcats. The Sun Devil offense rolled on the ground without Marion Grice and frustrated B.J. Denker to no end just a week after the best game of his career. Most important of all, the Sun Devils sewed up getting the Pac-12 Championship Game at home.

Oregon on their final drive - For a brief moment, it looked like the Ducks' nightmare November was going to hit its low point in a loss at home in the Civil War, but in the final moments, Marcus Mariota put together what might have been the best drive of his career - winning the game with a 85-yard drive for a touchdown. Mariota and his receivers were deadly on the drive and it may have saved the Duck train from coming completely off the rails with a loss in a rivalry game to the reeling Beavers.

The Bad

USC - Just when it looked like Trojans were returning to form, they got smacked by their hated rivals at home and now the Ed Orgeron love affair is coming to an awkward end. With just one loss, USC once again has an unpleasant feel around the program.

Arizona - Just a week after one of the biggest wins in program history, the Wildcats got blown out in their rivalry game and look like they will be headed back to the same lower-tier bowl game they were in last season. The Wildcats weren't expected to win the Territorial Cup, but I think most thought that they would challenge the Sun Devils much more than they did.

Oregon State on Oregon's final drive - For about a minute, it looked like the Beavers were finally going to break through against the Ducks, but then their defense completely fell apart on the Ducks' final drive and let them fly down the field almost seemingly with ease. The Ducks' final touchdown drive, may be the most painful a Beaver defense has ever given up.

The Unknown

Steve Sarkisian & Washington & USC - Wow, got the news in the middle of writing this and don't even know what to say. Probably better to break down at a later date.

Can Oregon still get into a BCS bowl? Logic would suggest that the Ducks are out of the running for a BCS bowl, but with it's not impossible for the Ducks to get into a BCS bowl as an at-large selection. They still probably need a few teams ahead of them to lose, but remember that the Ducks are a marquee program now and I wouldn't be surprised if they get selected over a less-interesting though maybe more-deserving program if it's feasible.

Will Oregon State and Washington State make bowl games - The Beavers and the Cougars both finished 6-6 but, unless the Pac-12 can get two teams into BCS bowls, both will not get an automatic conference bowl slot. I would guess that both are headed to the most random of the random at-large bowl selections, but you never know, and I'm sure both will be sweating it out until they get an invitation.

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