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Best Pac-12 Football Games Of 2012, 15 To 11: Trap Games

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15. USC at Washington, October 13. The last brutal game for the Huskies could probably have them a bit shell-shocked to play this one, but the Trojans will also be coming off a big game against Utah the week before. Washington will probably be smarting to go after getting spanked in the Coliseum. USC will have to try and acclimate to what could be the loudest road environment this season.


Previous Pac-12 games on the list: 90-81 | 80-71 | 70-61 | 60-51 | 50-41 | 40-31 | 30-21 | 20-16


14. Washington at Arizona, October 20. Offense. Offense. So much offense. You will have a team that loves to pass, a team that loves to run, and two defenses that could struggle to stop anyone. Steve Sarkisian is a West Coast Offense sort of guy who loves to beat you with timing and precision passing. Rich Rodriguez loves to get the ball on the ground and chew that clock out while grinding out the tough yards.

Also, points!

13. USC at Arizona, October 27. Sneaky trap game in the desert. Arizona's defense is not about to stop anyone. But the Wildcats offense is the same sort of spread run-first attack that has generally given USC fits defensively. If Matt Scott can prove that he can complete a few passes and open up the run game for the Trojans to deal with, then suddenly the Wildcats have a potential upset bid on their hands.

12. Stanford at Notre Dame, October 13. From a sure victory to a now competitive matchup, Stanford's trip to South Bend is going to be a very intense out-of-conference battle. Notre Dame will be smarting to snap their losing streak to Stanford, and the Cardinal will try and prove they can still go out and win in tough road environments (with Cal and Oregon still upcoming).

11. Oregon at Cal, November 10. Welcome to Oregon's house of horrors. The Ducks offense has gone to mush in Memorial Stadium the two times they've played, even with Chip Kelly as the offensive coordinator. Cal's defense has probably given Oregon's offense the most trouble in the conference the past few seasons (outside of USC last year). But the Cal offense has just not done enough to give the Bears enough points to win either time. That will have to change in the third meeting; this time, however, the Oregon defense might actually be the superior unit this time around. Still, coming off of USC, this is the trap of the traps.