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No. 2 Oregon hosting No. 23 Washington is the highlight of the slate, local team UCLA travels to Berkeley looking for first win there since 1998.
Arizona (3-2) at No. 18 Stanford (3-1) - FOX (12:00pm)
After winning their first three games, Arizona has slid down going 0-2 in Pac 12 play. Stanford has had their own stumble, losing to Washington. So both teams will be looking for redemption in this Palo Alto clash. Arizona's Austin Hill has racked up the third most rushing yards in the Pac 12 with 443, and wide receiver Ka'Deem Carey is third in Pac 12 receiving yards with 538. Still Stanford will go into this one the favorite, with Arizona more than a touchdown underdog in one of the conference's marquee match ups of the day.
Washington St. (2-3) at No. 14 Oregon St.(3-0) - Pac12 Network (3:00pm)
Undefeated Oregon State have a bit of a cakewalk this week with Washington State coming into town without a win in Pac 12 play. Oregon St. quarterback Sean Mannion is tied with Matt Barkley for the fourth best quarterback rating in the conference, and his receiver Brandin Cooks is fifth in the conference in receiving yards. The Cougar defense is giving up 309.4 yards per game, so this one shouldn't be close for too long. Oregon State are a more than two touchdown favorite.
No. 23 Washington (3-1) at No. 2 Oregon (5-0) - ESPN (7:30pm)
The marquee matchup in the Pac 12 today has Joe Tessitore and Matt Millen on the call. The number two team in the country will have to play tough to survive the team that took down Stanford. However, with the conference's second highest rated quarterback in Marcus Mariota, and second best rusher in Kenjon Barner, they've got the offense to do it. Washington are a complete team, but they barely got by Stanford and Oregon are on a completely different level. They're a three touchdown favorite, not surprising when they've outscored their opponents by 163 points thus far.
No. 25 UCLA (4-1) at California (1-4) - Pac12 Network (7:00pm)
The other third tier matchup of the day, however this could either be one of the closest of the day or a complete blowout. The Bruins are less than a field goal favorite, which seems based on the history between the two clubs and not on their current form (to borrow a soccer term). UCLA haven't won in Berkeley since 1998, and when Cal won at UCLA in 2009 it was the first time Cal had won in Los Angeles with Jeff Tedford as coach. The reality is that Jonathan Franklin is leading the Pac 12 in rushing yards, while Anthony Barr and Sheldon Price anchor the defense. Cal doesn't stand a chance.