The most anticipated game on the 2013 Pac-12 docket is just around the corner. Oregon travels to Stanford Thursday to kick off what should be an outstanding start to the final stretch of the regular season.
So much more than the Pac-12 North rests on Thursday's decision. Oregon is playing for BCS Championship life. A win likely elevates the Ducks back into the second spot, perhaps to stay, against current No. 2 Florida State.
A loss probably eliminates them from the equation, much as it did a season ago. Conversely, Stanford can force its way back into the national title conversation with a win. The Cardinal are the highest ranked squad with a loss at No. 5.
The Pac-12's championship chase should come into much clearer focus by Week 11's end. Aside from Oregon and Stanford jockeying for the lead in the North, Arizona, Arizona State and UCLA face challenges to their contenders' credentials.
Strap in. The next few weeks are going to provide a wild ride.
All lines are courtesy of VegasInsider.com.
Record Last Week: 3-1 (1-3 against the spread)
Record This Season: 58-9 (39-28 against the spread)