Rivalry week be damned, the biggest non-Cal game this week is BYU–USC. A USC win means they stay in the hunt for bowl eligibility; if California can pull off the upset over UCLA, then that makes next week’s bout a battle for a bowl berth. BYU, on the other hand, is playing for Pac-12 supremacy; they are one of two teams undefeated in Pac-12 action and are looking to improve to 5–0 against the conference.
There is a whole bevy of rivalry games that aren’t worth your time. The Platypus Off will have a major impact in the North. The Apple Cup will be forever remembered in trivia questions. And the Rumble in the Rockies will continue to not matter to anyone except neurotics like me who want every Pac-12 member to have an in-region rival.