Back-and-forth contests between evenly matched competitors and outstanding individual performances helped define a banner year in Pac-12 football.
Unpredictable and exciting, the conference's best games were microcosms of the entire 2013 campaign.
Here are a few honorable mentions that didn't quite make the cut:
Oct. 12—Utah 27, Stanford 21: Utah's stingy defense held steady at the goal line, denying Stanford quarterback Kevin Hogan on fourth down to preserve arguably the biggest upset of the 2013 Pac-12 season.
Nov. 7—Stanford 26, Oregon 20: Oregon's 20-0 run in the late fourth quarter made Stanford sweat out what was an otherwise thoroughly dominant performance from the Cardinal in a showdown of teams ranked in the Top Five at the time of their meeting.
Nov. 9—Arizona State 20, Utah 19: The Utes nearly made it 2-0 against Pac-12 divisional champions in 2013, leading South winner Arizona State deep into the fourth quarter. Quarterback Taylor Kelly responded to a rough start with two game-saving touchdowns in the final period. This game was one of the quintessential examples of big-time players making big-time plays, as Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year Will Sutton intercepted Utah quarterback Travis Wilson to preserve the victory.
- Nov. 15—UCLA 41, Washington 31: Although he'd won Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week for his performance the game prior—a win at Arizona—the legend of UCLA freshman linebacker Myles Jack as a two-way star grew to mythic portions with his four-touchdown performance against Washington.
Nov. 23—Washington State 49, Utah 37: Washington State punched its ticket to a bowl game for the first time since 2003 in a shootout win over Utah. The Cougars jumped ahead 21-0, but Utah battled back to within six points in the fourth quarter. Quarterback Connor Halliday's 71-yard touchdown connection with wide receiver Dom Williams slammed the door on Utah and sent Washington State to the New Mexico Bowl.
- Nov. 23—Arizona 42, Oregon 16: Furious, nail-biting finishes dominated the Pac-12's offering of best games in 2013. Arizona's shocking romp over Oregon was not such a game. The Wildcats ambushed the Ducks early and led wire-to-wire; however, this game is worthy of honorable mention simply for how bizarre it was, starting with Scooby Wright's interception of Marcus Mariota on a diving tip from Shaq Richardson.