Pac-12 competition heats up – ESPN 98.1 FM

Midway through the college football season, and for the fourth straight week, the Pac-12 has four teams in the Top 25. USC comes in at No. 7 and has been in the Top 10 all season. UCLA jumped seven spots to No. 11 this week, while Oregon sits at No. 12. Utah has dropped in the rankings after opening the season in the Top 10 and is now No. 20.

Pac-12 on the radar

It’s the first time since 2019 that the Pac-12 has had four ranked teams this late in the season. He has two teams that are 6-0 (USC and UCLA) for the first time since 2005. Oregon has won five straight and defending champion Utah is still battling to return to the championship Pac-12 for the fourth. time in five years.

A pair of matchups over the next two weeks will continue to sharpen the nation’s attention on the Pac-12. It will also provide insight into who could face off in the Pac-12 Championship later this season.

This week, UCLA and Oregon are on bye weeks, but there will be a Top 25 Pac-12 game as USC travels to Salt Lake City to take on the Utes.

Next week, UCLA travels to Oregon in another Top 25 showdown.

No. 7 USC vs. No. 20 Utah

USC enters this game with a perfect record in its first six games. It was the team’s first 6-0 start since 2006, however, that season they lost their seventh game to Oregon State. Utah has lost two games, one to Florida and UCLA, but a win in this game will help Utah get back on track.

Utah’s offensive line allowed less than a sack per game, and its defense wasn’t far behind. Both units, however, need to be on their A-game this week because in order for them to win this game, they need to keep Caleb Williams off the field and running the ball consistently.

USC will look to keep Williams playing like he has all season as he is in talks to win the Heisman Trophy this year. He’ll also look to put pressure on Utah’s offense with his defensive front led by Tuli Tuipulotu, who leads the nation with seven sacks and 12.5 tackles for loss.

This game will likely have a big impact on the conference championship game with the competitiveness of the Pac-12 this season. The loser of this game may find themselves out of the draw at the end of the regular season.

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