The Pac-12 is often quiet in the college football playoff discussion.
Since its birth, only two Pac-12 members have reached the college football playoff, and only Oregon has won a playoff game. Each of the Power 5 conferences have unbeaten members except for the Pac-12. With zero undefeated teams left in the conference, this is a make or break weekend for the Pac-12.

No. 12 Oregon at No. 25 Washington

Since a season-opening loss against a tough Auburn squad, the Ducks have reeled off five straight wins. They are playing for their playoff lives, as they know no two-loss team has ever reached the playoff. The good news is that a close loss to Auburn is about as quality of a loss as a team can have. Washington, however, is playing spoiler and they are incredibly tough at home.

Ducks quarterback and NFL hopeful Justin Herbert has played well with just one interception over his last five games. Herbert should be able to light up the scoreboard, as long as his offensive line doesn’t commit drive-killing penalties. The Oregon defense hasn’t allowed more than seven points since the Auburn loss and will quiet a strong Husky offense that’s averaging 36 points per game.

Prediction: Oregon 27, Washington 22

No. 17 Arizona State at No. 13 Utah

This is the season for both Arizona State and Utah. With one conference loss each, both teams know that a loss this weekend not only ends their playoff hopes but will also end their Pac-12 title aspirations. Utah has been a well-balanced machine. They’ve been running the ball just as well as they’ve been airing it out while their defense has help up its end of the bargain. Arizona State, however, has been living in tight games since its opening win against Kent State.

Playing in close games builds strength and experience, however, it also keeps opponents around much longer than they should be. The lack of separation in ASU football games will doom their season this week. If Utah is still within one score late, the Utes will win.

Prediction: Utah 26, Arizona State 19

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