Cal Football to play Arizona (maybe), Washington–USC for the championship, and other Week 7 contests

If Cal can field enough players, then we'd face a winless and interimly-head-coached Arizona.

The Pac-12 announced their North–South contests for Week 7 (pending any COVID cancellations), including the Pac-12 Championship game.

Washington loopholed their way into the Pac-12 Championship against USC, which makes sense for that school. Stanfurd will get to continue their in-state rivalry against UC Los Angeles and Oregon will play Colorado… at USC? The games were seemingly all set up to seed North and South teams by how well they finished in division, but switched up the games for fourth- and fifth-place finishers (Wazzu–Utah and ASU–OSU) to prevent a repeat of OSU–Utah. This sets up a week of unique games—none of these are rematches of 2020 games.

As the sixth-place team in the Pac-12 North, the Golden Bears are set to face the Arizona Wildcats—with the word “set” used as tenuously as possible. We are the only game listed as “to be determined” with no TV information, time, or day. This is potentially because of the positive COVID test among the team on Saturday the 12th, reports that the Bears may be down to two defensive linemen, and the logistics of getting the team up to Pac-12 minimum requirements in time.

Arizona is currently in disarray. The Wildcats are 0–5 on the season and have lost 12 consecutive games dating back to October 5, 2019. They fired head coach Kevin Sumlin on December 12 and will be led by interim head coach Paul Rhoads, who has a 32–55 record as head coach from his time at Iowa State from 2009–2015. By our recollection, California last played a team with a interim head coach in 2017—actually, twice that year—when we beat Cory Hall’s Oregon State on November 4 and lost to Jedd Fisch’s UC L.A. on November 24. If Arizona loses this game (or if it gets cancelled) then they will be the first Pac-12 team to go through the conference schedule without a win since that same 2017 Oregon State and the first Pac-12 team to end the entire season winless since 2008 Washington.

Cal is favored by 12 points against Arizona in early lines.