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Pac-12 Confidential

Bud Withers offers an inside look at the Pac-12 Conference and the national college scene.

October 12, 2014 at 8:59 AM

A back-to-reality Saturday in the Pac-12 . . .

Reality bit on Saturday for three Pac-12 teams that had been dreaming big. In a not-so-fast day for those three:

— Arizona, which had risen meteorically from out of the rankings to 10th in AP, was snuffed out at the wire by USC, 28-26, when Casey Skowron missed a would-be, game-winning 36-yard field goal.

— Cal, along with Arizona the league’s surprise team at 4-1, was handled rudely by Washington, 31-7, underscoring the fact the schedule gets a lot tougher going forward for the Bears.

— UCLA, the Pac-12 South favorite and a national-playoff hopeful, looked shockingly unready for the big stage against Oregon and was blasted 42-30, in a game that wasn’t anywhere as close as the final score. Props to the Ducks, who got back offensive tackle Jake Fisher and looked the part of the team that has playoff hopes, not the one that was upended at home nine days earlier by Arizona.

All of it reinforces the fact that each week is a new proposition in this league. You know: Past performance is not necessarily an indicator of future earnings.

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