Seattle will root hard for USC and Lincoln Riley in Pac-12 Championship Game

Multiple times in the past, the Washington #Huskies needed a late-season win by #USC to make the #RoseBowl. That scenario exists again. #Pac12

Seattle and Los Angeles are two Western cities whose sports teams have regularly clashed over the years. The Sonics played the Lakers in multiple NBA Western Conference finals series in the 1980s. The Seahawks played the Los Angeles Raiders in the 1983 AFC Championship Game. The Raiders won and went to Super Bowl XVIII.

The Mariners play the Angels. Now the NHL Kraken face the Kings and the Anaheim Ducks. Washington would be in the Pac-12 Championship Game, not Utah, if it had beaten UCLA this season.

Yet, as much as Seattleites might want to beat L.A., the residents of that city will be pulling hard for USC this Friday night.

Husky fans will be shouting “Fight On!” when the Trojans face Utah in Allegiant Stadium. A USC win not only sends the Men of Troy to the College Football Playoff; it would send Washington to the Rose Bowl.

Washington needing a late-season USC win to go to the Granddaddy is not a new thing. This scenario has existed multiple times before.

Let’s dig into the historical archive:

Michael Penix Jr. puts on a show in Apple Cup win

Washington quarterback Michael Penix Jr. delivered another incredible performance in Saturday night’s rivalry win

Pac-12 after dark rarely disappoints, and Saturday night’s installment of the Evergreen State’s biggest rivalry lived up to the billing.

It featured a showdown between two of the top quarterback prospects in the 2023 NFL draft class, and while Washington’s Michael Penix Jr. and Washington State’s Cameron Ward both delivered the goods, it was the Huskies’ signal-caller who got the last laugh.

Penix shredded the Cougars defense for 485 yards and three touchdowns through the air, adding 34 yards and two more scores on the ground as Washington ran away with a 51-33 victory.

Just as he has all season long, Penix showed off all the physical and mental traits that NFL teams covet in a franchise quarterback, along with the competitiveness to keep making big plays, going blow-for-blow with Ward and the explosive Washington State offense.

A transfer from Indiana, Penix leads the nation in passing yards this season, and could get a chance to shine on another big stage if the Huskies end up with a trip to the Rose Bowl.

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Pac-12 football rankings: USC plays Utah for the title, but Washington rises

#USC and #Utah will decide the #Pac12 champion, but the #Huskies could become a huge winner of the 2022 season in a few days.

When two teams in a conference play for the championship, one would naturally think they should be ranked No. 1 and No. 2, especially if that conference’s championship game matches the top two teams in the standings and doesn’t use divisions the way the Pac-12 used to.

Yet, life isn’t always that simple.

We rank teams based on resumes, not projections or anticipated results. Therefore, we can’t look ahead in terms of the current rankings we assign to teams.

However, we can certainly tell you if our rankings will change. This is a good time to do that.

There won’t be any Pac-12 rankings next weekend because only one game will be played in the conference, the Pac-12 Championship Game between USC and Utah.

We’re going to rank the Pac-12 this week, and we’ll tell you how the rankings will change based on the outcome of the Pac-12 title game.

Here we go:

Bowl Projection Round-Up: USC to CFP? Washington to Rose Bowl? Where does Oregon fall?

How bad is Oregon’s bowl outlook following the loss to Oregon State? Duck fans may not want to find out.

That was quite an end to the regular season in the Pac-12, wasn’t it?

After the Oregon Ducks fumbled the bag early in the day against Oregon State by blowing a 21-point second-half lead and failed to capture their place in the Pac-12 Championship Game, it left the entire conference to watch the Apple Cup in Pac-12 After Dark, which would decide which team would go to Las Vegas to secure a matchup with the USC Trojans.

The Apple Cup didn’t disappoint, with Washington winning a 51-33 shootout over Washington State that got ugly late. With the win, the Huskies ended Oregon’s conference title hopes just weeks after ending their rival’s College Football Playoff hopes. Seems, fitting, no?

So now, while the Utes and Trojans get ready for an epic rematch in Las Vegas, the rest of the Pac-12 is left waiting to see which bowl game they will end up going to in December. Will USC make it to the CFP? Can Washington sneak into a New Year’s Six bowl? How bleak is the outlook for the Ducks now after their loss to the Beavers?

We’ve got a roundup of predictions for you right here.

Oregon Ducks officially eliminated from Pac-12 Championship contention

With Washington’s win over Washington State, the Ducks have officially been eliminated from Pac-12 Championship contention.

It looks like the Oregon Ducks will be taking the next few weeks off.

That may be a good thing, in the end. It will give them a chance to recuperate after what was an incredibly embarrassing and abysmal loss to the Oregon State Beavers, where they blew a 17-point fourth-quarter lead to lose the rivalry game in Corvallis.

The loss opened the door for the Washington Huskies to decide the fate of the Ducks, which is never something that you want if you’re an Oregon fan. With Washington’s 51-33 win over the Washington State Cougars in the Apple Cup on Saturday night, it made it so there was a 3-way tie for 2nd place in the Pac-12 standings. The Utah Utes held the tie-breaker over both Oregon and Washington based on strength of record, giving them the spot vs. the USC Trojans in the Pac-12 Championship Game.

So next Friday in Las Vegas, it will be a rematch between the Utes and the Trojans, which is part two of a thrilling early-season game that ended in a 43-42 Utah win.

Dan Lanning will have to wait another year before making it to his first Pac-12 Championship game.

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A Joel Dahmen Twitter Q&A featured member-guest alcohol consumption plans, conspiracy theories and more

Dahmen dished on everything from White Claws to his Washington Huskies.

Joel Dahmen tied the low round of the day on Sunday with a 6-under 64 to finish T-5 at the 2022 RSM Classic.

The key to that strong finish?

“I don’t know, not being an idiot,” said Dahmen.

“I was an idiot (Saturday). I wasn’t patient on the first hole and I hit it over the green and made bogey,” he continued while noting he’s “far too often” an idiot on the course. “And then after that I was just like there’s like no more stupid mistakes today, don’t be super aggressive at some pins, there’s birdies out here, there’s plenty of them. So just kind of hung in there and played great on the back.”

Known for possessing one of the best personalities on the PGA Tour, Dahmen was just getting started. Netflix wasn’t working on his trip back home, so the 35-year-old took to Twitter for a little Q&A fun to pass the time. Dahmen didn’t disappoint.

The winner of the 2021 Corales Puntacana Resort and Club Championship gave a handful of serious answers as he explained the difference between tour pros and average joes, his travel schedule and his love of his alma mater, the Washington Huskies.

Here are some highlights:

Member guest White Claw consumption

Favorite White Claw flavor

Favorite conspiracy theory

Where he plans to retire

Good friend Max Homa’s dad strength

 

Golf’s silly season is officially here.

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PHOTOS: Colorado’s ugly loss to Washington at Alaska Airlines Field

LOOK: The best pics from Saturday night in Seattle

That wasn’t pretty one bit.

The Colorado Buffaloes fell to 1-10 on the year with an ugly 54-7 loss to the Washington Huskies in Seattle.

The Huskies scored five rushing touchdowns on the night and put up 33 first-half points to destroy the Buffs.

The lone bright spot of the game offensively for the Buffs was a 69-yard touchdown catch by Montana Lemonious-Craig. If it weren’t for that, the Buffs would have dropped a goose egg in what has been a forgettable season thus far.

There’s just one more game remaining for Colorado, and it is against Utah next weekend. After that, it should be time for a new head coach to be revealed, although there hasn’t been much clarity on that.

Nonetheless, here are some of the best photos from the Buffs loss:

Joel Klatt has surprising team ahead of Ducks in latest top-10 rankings

Joel Klatt has a surprising team in front of Oregon in his latest top-10 ranking.

In the end, what Joel Klatt thinks about the standing of the top 10 teams in the nation doesn’t mean a whole lot. Of course, Klatt is a highly-respected football analyst, and his opinion carries a lot of weight, but the College Football Playoff rankings are the only thing that matter when all is said and done.

Despite that, we like to check in with Klatt after the slate of games each week and get a feel for how he views things. After Oregon suffered a loss to the Washington Huskies last week, the Ducks slipped in the rankings. However, their big win over Utah on Saturday night returned Oregon to the top 10 of both the AP Poll and the USA TODAY Coaches Poll.

So where does Klatt view the Ducks? Shockingly, not as high as we expected. On top of that, he has an interesting Pac-12 team ahead of Oregon in the rankings going into the final week of the regular season. Check it out:

Laying out the updated Pac-12 Championship Game matchup scenarios after Week 12

USC cliched a spot in the Pac-12 title game with a win over UCLA. Is Oregon in? Not quite yet. Here’s what needs to happen.

On a practical level, Saturday’s slate of games in the Pac-12 conference acted as semifinals for the Pac-12 Championship game. With the USC Trojans going up against the UCLA Bruins, and the Utah Utes taking on the Oregon Ducks, it was pretty clear going into the day the two winners would be in the driver’s seat to get to Las Vegas.

Both USC and Oregon won. So does that mean that they are automatically in and going to meet each other in early December for the first time this season? Not exactly.

The Trojans are in, since they have no more conference games left, but the Ducks are still a win away from locking up the nod. Here is an updated look at everything that could happen in the final week of the regular season, and who could still get into the title game:

Quick recap: High-flying Huskies take down CU Buffs

Quick recap: Washington handed the #cubuffs their 10th loss

Eleven games down and just one more to go in this challenging season for Colorado.

The Buffaloes’ penultimate contest of 2022 came at No. 17 Washington and it may have been the roughest 60 minutes thus far. Not only were the Buffs outplayed in every area, but the sloppiness reached a new low in Saturday’s 54-7 loss.

Colorado was at its ugliest late in the first half. A bad snap on a punt led to safety, Washington then drove 45 yards for a touchdown and on the ensuing kickoff, Nikko Reed fumbled a squib to give the Huskies possession and ultimately another three points.

Michael Penix Jr. throwing for a season-low 229 passing yards isn’t an indicative stat of how easily Washington’s offense flowed against the Buffs. Two Huskies running backs — Wayne Taulapapa and Davis Cameron — each rushed for a pair of touchdowns as CU allowed 575 total yards. Washington, which was 2-of-3 on fourth downs, didn’t even punt until midway through the final quarter.

The lone highlight defensively was a Josh Chandler-Semedo interception of backup QB Dylan Morris in the third quarter.

Offensively for Colorado, QB JT Shrout completed just six passes, one of which was a 69-yard touchdown to Montana Lemonious-Craig. Alex Fontenot contributed 71 yards on the ground and wide receiver Jack Hestera had an encouraging night with 575 receiving yards. Backup Drew Carter also came in late and was 1-of-4 for three yards.

Colorado’s 2022 season wraps next week with Utah coming to Folsom Field.

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