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UCLA in control of Pac-12 South (for now) with ASU’s loss to Oregon State



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The Pac-12 South title race became more clouded with No. 6 Arizona State’s upset loss to a reeling Oregon State tonight in Corvallis, Ore.

The loss causes a four-way tie for first place in the loss column with two defeats among USC (6-2), UCLA (5-2), ASU (5-2) and Arizona (5-2). Utah is next with a 4-3 record and Colorado is 0-7.

Here is who’s beaten whom among the two-loss teams:

Arizona — None. The Wildcats play their regular-season finale against ASU at Arizona Stadium. They play at Utah next Saturday.

ASU — USC. The Sun Devils lost to UCLA and finish at Arizona.

USC — Arizona. The Trojans travel to UCLA to face the Bruins this week.

UCLA — Arizona and ASU. After hosting USC, the Bruins finish the regular season at home against Stanford.

The Bruins are the only team who control their own destiny because they have already beaten Arizona and ASU. If UCLA runs the table against USC and Stanford, it will play Pac-12 North champ Oregon in the conference championship game Dec. 5 at Levi Stadium in San Francisco.

For Arizona to win the Pac-12 South, it must beat Utah and ASU and hope UCLA beats USC before losing to Stanford.

For ASU to win, the Sun Devils must beat Washington State at home Saturday and defeat Arizona in Tucson. USC must also beat UCLA.

USC takes the South title if it beats UCLA and ASU loses to either Washington State or Arizona.


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What happens if these teams finish with three losses along with Utah?

That can only happen if UCLA beats USC and then loses to Stanford, Arizona loses to Utah than beats ASU (which must beat Washington State) and Utah also beats Colorado.

In that case, Arizona would not have a chance with losses to UCLA, USC and Utah. UCLA and Utah would be 3-1 against the group, USC would also be 1-3. ASU would be 2-2.

Utah would represent the Pac-12 South in that scenario.



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[/ezcol_1half_end] publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He also writes articles for Bleacher Report and Lindy’s College Sports.

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