Isn’t it nice that there’s actually something at stake as the Pac-12 wraps up its regular season on Saturday night?

Forget Saturday, though. The league’s game of the week comes on Friday in Eugene as Oregon looks to lock up a trip to Las Vegas for the league title game.

Here are my previews and predictions for the final week of the college football regular season…

No. 16 Oregon vs. No. 6 Oregon State, 5:30 p.m., Fox (Friday)

Can the Ducks close out their final Pac-12 showdown in the series that used to be called the Civil War, sealing a spot in the conference championship game while keeping their CFP dreams alive?

Can Bo Nix keep his Heisman hopes in play with a big showing in the rivalry game?

All that is on the line for Dan Lanning and the Ducks.

What’s at stake for Oregon State? The Beavers can maintain their hopes for a 2nd-straight 10-win season, which would be the first in program history.

It could also be Jonathan Smith’s swan song, and you know the Beavers would want to send him out on a good note.

Prediction: Oregon 45, Oregon State 20

Utah vs. Colorado, noon, Pac-12 Network

Both programs have been beset by injuries, with the Utes particularly plagued. It’s fun to imagine what this game would’ve been like in Week 4.

Alas, the 2 future Big-12 rivals find themselves bruised and broken down heading into their all-important finale. The Buffaloes had their dreams of bowl eligibility melt away last weekend, but they’d love to end the season on a good note after dropping 5 straight. A 6th-straight loss would be a tough pill for Coach Prime to swallow.

Utah won’t get the elusive double-digit wins that coaches so covet, but going 8-4 despite their injuries would be a feat.

Prediction: Utah 34, Colorado 30

Arizona State vs. No. 15 Arizona, 12:30 p.m., ESPN

The Sun Devils would love nothing more than to squash the Wildcats’ momentum and rob them of a potential 10-win season and an outside chance at a Pac-12 title game appearance. Arizona State has alternated between overwhelmed and resolute, suffering some embarrassing blowouts as well as shocking wins in recent weeks.

Arizona has only gone in one direction the last month-plus: Straight up. The Wildcats have been consistent and competitive throughout the year, but they’ve kicked it up a notch in recent weeks, winning 5 straight, including a 42-18 win over No. 22 Utah last week that felt like a watershed moment for the team.

The Arizona defense is looking to keep up its momentum after a string of impressive showings.

Prediction: Arizona 41, Arizona State 13

No. 4 Washington vs. Washington State, 1 p.m., Fox

The Huskies can wrap up an undefeated season and put themselves once step closer to a College Football Playoff berth — their first, and the conference’s first, since 2016 — with a win in the Apple Cup.

They had to sweat out yet another win last week against Oregon State, as Michael Penix Jr. had his worst game of the season against a good Beavers defense.

The Cougars will look to dial up the heat as they fight to become bowl eligible, a stunning scenario in which to be after starting the year 4-0. But a 6-game losing streak doomed Wazzu, who rebounded with a resounding 56-14 defeat of Buffaloes in Week 12. They’ve got plenty to play for.

But Washington has more.

The Huskies are vying for nothing short of history.

Prediction: Washington 35, Washington State 26

Stanford vs. No. 18 Notre Dame, 4 p.m., Pac-12 Network

After putting up a good fight against Washington and then pulling off a surprise win at Washington State in Week 10, Stanford reverted to the mean in back-to-back losses to Oregon State and Cal.

After tangling with 2 of the league’s top rushing teams, in comes a Notre Dame offense that features one of the nation’s best passing games behind Sam Hartman.

It’s hard I imagine Stanford avoiding its 3rd straight 3-9 season, which would be the worst stretch in Palo Alto since 1958-60.

Prediction: Notre Dame 44, Stanford 17

UCLA vs. Cal, 7:30 p.m., ESPN

Both the Bruins and Bears are coming off convincing wins in their rivalry games, with both programs, trying to stave off the elimination of their head coaches. Is Justin Wilcox actually on the hot seat? Who knows?

After beating USC, in sound fashion, for that matter, is Chip Kelly??

Both teams have significant achievements they can attain on Saturday. Cal is looking to become bowl eligible for the first time since 2019; UCLA is vying to win 8 games for 3 straight years for just the 3rd time since 1986.

Cal’s big question is if it can stop the Bruins’ resurgent defense, which rediscovered its mojo in a 38-20 win over USC last week.

Prediction: UCLA 32, Cal 19