USC’s 2nd straight loss — and 4th straight to Utah — sent the Trojans down the rankings and Lincoln Riley into the hostile court of public opinion.

And that may not have been the most embarrassing showing of the week.

What in the world went wrong for Washington?

And what went right for the Sun Devils on Saturday night? Arizona State’s near-upset leads off the 10 things I’m reacting to after Week 8 in the Pac-12 …

10. Kenny D is going to break through in the desert

At 1-6 and without a win over an FBS team, it is fair to say that Arizona State isn’t off to the start for which Kenny Dillingham would have hoped.

But a closer look at the final margin of the Sun Devils’ past 4 games tells a promising tale with a familiar refrain.

You’ve heard it before: Lose big, lose little, win little, win big.

Well, after losing pretty darn big in a Week 3 29-0 defeat to Fresno State, ASU put a scare into then-No. 5 USC, trailing by a touchdown or less most of the game. Then came a a 3-point at Cal and a 3-point loss to Colorado. Saturday’s loss at Washington’s was its … best yet?

The Sun Devils aren’t quite all the way there yet, but with Dillingham’s spirit, they will be soon.

9. The Huskies aren’t making the Playoff with that kind of performance

Arizona State of all teams shutting down one of the foremost offenses in all of football? That was shocking. Maybe the single most shocking outcome of Week 8. Had the Sun Devils actually toppled Washington? Now we’re talking the biggest upset of the season.

Alas, if a team nearly loses to a 1-6 team late at night in the Pacific time zone, does it make a sound? The Huskies may have actually been saved further embarrassment because College Football Playoff voters were asleep across most of the country.

If they weren’t, you couldn’t fault them for dropping the Huskies a peg or two. They looked completely out of sorts against a well-below-average ASU team.

8. And Michael Penix Jr. isn’t winning the Heisman that way, either

Something is up in Husky Stadium. The Heisman contender has no touchdown passes in 2 of his last 3 games, with 4 picks in his last 4 games.

His 275 passing yards against the Sun Devils was a season-low, and his 2 interceptions were a season-high. He also had a fumble, a 3-turnover day. The Heisman committee does not look favorably upon that.

With the way Michigan’s JJ McCarthy and Jayden Daniels are playing, Penix better clean things up in a hurry.

7. Caleb Williams is in a full blown Catch-22

Speaking of a blown Heisman campaign, Williams took a blowtorch to his chance to make Heisman history in a 3rd straight loss to Utah and 2nd straight loss this season. Williams, trying to become just the 2nd player to win the Heisman twice, now is out of the top 10 in the latest Heisman Trophy odds.

Williams was better against the Utes’ standout defense than he was in a 3-interception performance in the Trojans’ 48-20 loss at Notre Dame. But only marginally.

The USC offense looks totally out of sorts, and it’s clear the Trojans have big problems up front.

The losses, combined with those offensive line issues, along with his repeat Heisman chances being irreparably damaged, makes every snap Williams take an unmitigated risk.

With a potential No. 1 draft selection on the line, we might see Williams hang ’em up early.

6. Lincoln Riley is in danger of losing his team

Williams isn’t the only one with wandering eyes at this point. The Trojans have just 1 conference loss, but with Washington and Oregon, not to mention UCLA, on the horizon, more seem sure to follow.

What will that mean for Riley? His players can’t be the only ones with wandering eyes, as the NFL beckons like a siren.

Another loss or 2, and USC might go straight into the tank. What a a story that would be.

5. UCLA could win out with this dominant D …

The Bruins fixed their quarterback issue — at least for 1 week — switching back from the turnover-prone Dante Moore to Ethan Garbers. Garbers was impressive in a 42-7 win over Stanford, one of the Bruins’ best wins against the Cardinal in years. He completed 20-of-28 passes for 240 passing yards and 2 touchdowns with no interceptions in the best game of his career.

And even with that fine showing, it is clear that UCLA is led by its defense.

The Bruins held Stanford to 24 rushing yards on 17 carries, with just 1-of-11 3rd-down conversions, along with just 15 Cardinal first downs.

With Colorado, Arizona, Arizona State, USC and Cal left on the schedule, UCLA could very well win the rest of its games.

4. …But it still shouldn’t be 3-score favorites over Colorado

I’ve seen enough out of the Buffaloes to know they are the exact kind of team to give the Bruins fits. They are athletic and talented in the perimeter and feature one of the country’s top quarterbacks in Shedeur Sanders. While Sanders will be on the run from UCLA’s active defensive line, he thrives in those situations.

I’ve also seen enough of Chip Kelly during his Westwood tenure to know that the Bruins find some weird ways to let teams stay in games.

I’m picking UCLA to win, but not by 17.

3. Despite 3 straight losses, Washington State is in a good position to rebound

Sure, you go ahead and count out Jake Dickert. His Cougars might be down after losing their 3rd straight game, but they kept it close for a half against arguably the Pac-12’s most talented teams in a 38-24 loss to Oregon on Saturday. Had a couple 4th down calls gone the Cougars’ way, there might have been a very different outcome than we saw against the Ducks.

Against a good Oregon defense, Washington State threw for 438 yards and totaled nearly 500 on the day, with Cameron Ward settling back in after 2 off weeks.

Now the Cougars have the absolute softest next month in the Power 5, with the likes of Arizona State, Stanford, Cal and Colorado coming up.

Sure, the Cougars close out with the Apple Cup, but wouldn’t they love a chance to knock Washington from the Playoff picture? They could — and should — be on a 4-game winning streak by then.

2. Utah might actually win the Pac-12 title …

If Washington State’s November is packed with cupcakes, Utah’s is filled with brick walls.

Oregon on Saturday and then at Washington in Week 11? Not easy.

But nothing the Utes have done this season has been easy, and now they are seasoned, strong and battle-tested. They handled both Hollywood teams like the pig farmers they are, and now they’ve got some swagger under their belts.

With Cam Rising officially out for the season — along with Brant Kuithe — Utah is now wholly in the hands of Bryson Barnes, who is coming off his best game of the season in a 34-32 win at USC.

If he pulls off the upset against Oregon, just watch his confidence, and the confidence of those around him, absolutely skyrocket. The Utes could be headed downhill like a freight train when they face the Huskies, and if Arizona State can tag Penix for 3 turnovers, just imagine what Utah’s league-best defense might do.

Listen, I happen to think Kyle Whittingham is a legitimate wizard, so I’m not putting anything past him.

1. … But only if the Utes get through Oregon first

Washington’s offense is in a bit of a funk. USC’s defense … is USC’s defense. Oregon State is good but fallible. Utah has more walking wounded than a triage unit.

And the Oregon Ducks are coming off a resounding win over Washington State in Week 8.

It’s hard to imagine the Utes having the firepower to keep up with the Ducks, who haven’t really skipped a beat this season. Losing by 3 on the road at a top-10 Washington team is not a bad loss by any stretch of the imagination.

Aside from a surprisingly tough test at Texas Tech and the loss to UDub, Oregon has basically led by double-figures for at least 2 quarters of every games it has played.

As far as I’m concerned, the Ducks have to be the clubhouse favorites at this point.