In this space, we will focus on what needs to happen for the Utah Utes to win the Pac-12 South. Obviously, for that to happen, Utah needs to win out, and they have a tough home game today against the Oregon Ducks. Utah is without quarterback Tyler Huntley and running back Zack Moss due to season-ending injuries. No team is eliminated from the Pac-12 South, illustrating just how crazy the division is. The Washington Huskies and Arizona Wildcats are both on bye this week, so we will only have two games (Utah is also at home, making it more difficult for Utah fans to watch).
This game used to decide the Pac-12 South for a few years with the Bruins and Sun Devils winning the Pac-12 South in 2011-2013. Utah cannot win the South unless the Sun Devils lose at least one game down the stretch. This is unlikely to be the game that ASU loses, but it is still a matchup between Pac-12 South foes. I believe a loss in this game eliminates UCLA from the Pac-12 South. This is ASU’s final home game of the season. They have to play at the Oregon Ducks and Arizona Wildcats to close out the season. UCLA is looking to close out this season with some respectability that they can build on in 2019. UCLA is a young team this year, so anything positive to end the season would be big for them moving forward.
The Pac-12’s lone College Football Playoff hopeful, Washington State travels to a slumping Colorado team. Colorado was the last undefeated team in the Pac-12, starting 5-0, but they have lost four-straight, and they are in danger of missing a bowl game with WSU, Utah, and Cal left on the schedule. If Colorado loses this game, they are eliminated from the South.