Pac-12 Game of the Week - UCLA at Arizona State - Thursday, 7 p.m. FOX Sports 1
JF: This one might be the national game of the week, but unfortunately not having Taylor Kelly takes a lot of the starch out of it. I was looking forward to one more Hundley vs. Kelly showdown that plays a big part in deciding the South, but maybe Bercovici vs. Hundley will be just as fun?
AK: Taylor Kelly's injury blows. But I'm surprised people are counting out ASU. We have no idea how healthy Brett Hundley is, UCLA has looked underwhelming in every game they've played, D.J. Foster is the best player on either team, and ASU generally plays great at home under Todd Graham.
2. Stanford at Washington - Saturday, 1:15 p.m. FOX
JF: These two have met up for great battles the past two years and if Washington's front seven on defense can slow the run and pressure Kevin Hogan, protecting their vulnerable secondary, we could have another low-scoring classic. This will Chris Petersen's first true test as coach of the Huskies.
AK: Big game. The winner of this one will immediately be considered the Oregon challenger. And Husky Stadium is a fierce place to play when it's running. Husky offense is starting to click on all cylinders and their defense is starting to click too. Stanford's defense is fierce but can it carry the somewhat average offense?
3. Washington State at Utah - Saturday, 5 p.m. Pac-12 Network
JF: This game looks a whole lot better after how well Washington State played against Oregon. The Utes have been the most consistent team in the conference thus far, but they haven't faced a passing attack like the one they will see from the Cougars and have yet to have to win a shootout, which is what this could easily turn into.
AK: Weird game that could go a thousand different ways. The Cougars pass game could shred Utah's secondary. Utah's offense could lay hot fire to Washington State. This could be a blowout. This could go down to the wire. I don't know.
4. Oregon State at USC - Saturday, 7:30 ESPN
JF: The Beavers were solid but pretty boring in their non-conference schedule, but Steve Sarkisian's Huskies were always great following up embarrassing games at Washington and the Beavers haven't beaten USC in LA since nearly the 50s. However, keep in mind that the last time we saw the Trojans they couldn't stop Boston College from running 15 yards per crack on them, so the Beavers very much have a shot in this one.
AK: I have weird vibes about this game. I feel like USC should blow out the Beavers and they have the bye week too, but man the Trojans did not look good. Putting this at the bottom because I feel the most secure about this result over anything else.
5. Colorado at Cal - Saturday, 1 p.m. Pac-12 Network
JF: I had this one pegged as the "Battle for Second-to-Last" going into the season, but now I think Cal Is going to put up some serious offensive fireworks as long as they aren't still heartbroken from last Saturday.
AK: Two teams trying to work their way up should offer a really good matchup in Memorial. I know we're talking up a lot of games for putting up a lot of points--expect the Bears and Buffs to offer us a good old WAC throwback.