The place to be is the Pac-12 this weekend in college football, specifically Arizona, where the South Division will go through an early sorting process.
Both Los Angeles schools play in the Grand Canyon State on Saturday, with the headliner coming in Tucson. No. 9 UCLA faces No. 16 Arizona. It could have been a monumental day in Arizona sports, but Arizona State and Southern California did not hold up their parts of the deal.
The Bruins are coming off a tough home win against BYU. Add a good road victory to that and they become the early front-runner to snag a playoff bid out of the Pac-12, though injuries are mounting and running through the South unbeaten might be too tough for any team.
The only other ranked vs. ranked game this week is a Pac-12 crossover with No. 18 Utah visiting No. 13 Oregon, which hopes to have quarterback Vernon Adams back after he sat out last week with a broken finger.
FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS
No. 21 Stanford (minus 15½) at Oregon State
The Cardinal face a second straight road game, this one on short rest and with a banged up quarterback ... Stanford 28-14.
No. 9 UCLA (minus 3½) at No. 16 Arizona
The Bruins lost LB Myles Jack (knee) and CB Fabian Moreau (foot) to injuries this week; Wildcats hoping to get LB Scooby Wright (knee) back ... UCLA 27-21.
No. 18 Utah (off) at No. 13 Oregon
QB injury questions for both teams with Utes’ Travis Wilson (shoulder) missing last week’s game ... Oregon 37-24.
No. 19 USC (minus 5) at Arizona State
The Sun Devils have won two straight and three of four against the Trojans, but have never won three in a row in the series ... USC 28-21.
No. 3 TCU (minus 7) at Texas Tech
The Horned Frogs slapped 82 points on the Red Raiders last season. As we found out last weekend, Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury will hold a grudge ... Texas Tech 54-48.
Vanderbilt (plus 24) at No. 3 Ole Miss
Coming home to find the Commodores waiting is ideal for a Rebels team refocusing after a huge victory ... Ole Miss 35-3.
No. 14 Texas A&M (minus 7) vs. Arkansas
The Razorbacks have yet to allow a sack; the Aggies lead the nation with 15 sacks ... Texas A&M 35-21.
No. 20 Georgia Tech (minus 8½) at Duke
The Blue Devils snapped a 10-game losing streak to the Yellow Jackets last year ... Georgia Tech 28-17.
No. 24 Oklahoma State (minus 3) at Texas
Can QB Jerrod Heard save the Longhorns’ season? ... Texas 28-24.
No. 25 Missouri (plus 3) at Kentucky
Picking the Wildcats to win three weeks in a row would be crazy ... Kentucky 20-17.
Western Michigan (plus 31) at No. 1 Ohio State
A Buckeyes quarterback will play well. Evidently it’ll be Cardale Jones ... Ohio State 48-13.
Central Michigan (plus 26½) at No. 2 Michigan State
The Spartans are 31-1 against unranked opponents under coach Mark Dantonio ... Michigan State 44-14.
No. 22 BYU (plus 5½) at Michigan
Only other meeting was in the 1984 Holiday Bowl, when the Cougars capped a national championship season with a victory ... Michigan 24-20.
PLUCKY UNDERDOG? OR MISMATCH?
UMass (plus 29) at No. 6 Notre Dame ... Notre Dame 48-14.
No. 8 LSU (minus 24½) at Syracuse ... LSU 35-7.
Ball State (plus 18½) at No. 17 Northwestern ... Northwestern 28-13.
Hawaii (plus 24) at No. 22 Wisconsin ... Wisconsin 38-10.
Boise State (minus 2½) at Virginia
Brett Rypien steps in at quarterback for the Broncos. He is former Redskins quarterback Mark Rypien’s nephew ... Boise State 24-17.
Mississippi State (plus 2) at Auburn
How bad will this season get for the Tigers? ... Mississippi State 27-24.
Tennessee (plus 1½) at Florida
See how things have turned on Arkansas coach Brett Bielema after a couple of losses? Expect many Vols fans to do the same with Butch Jones if Tennessee can’t snap the Gators 10-game winning streak in the series ... Tennessee 28-20.
California (minus 4½) at Washington
Bears looking for first 4-0 start since 2007 ... Cal 38-35.
Kansas (plus 12) at Rutgers
How could things get much worse at Rutgers? Lose to Kansas ... Rutgers 30-17.
Last week’s record
10-8 straight; vs. 10-6-1 spread