Pac-12 Weekly Preview: Busy Week for USC Facing Wisconsin, Oregon St.

Louise Hansson. Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

The Pac-12 Conference has had a light schedule over the holidays but will get back into conference matchups this week.

But the biggest dual meet will be a non-conference matchup will be Wisconsin at USC on Monday, on Martin Luther King Day.

The USC women are ranked No. 8, while the Badgers are No. 18. The USC men are No. 7 but the Badger men are not ranked currently.

This is a huge meet for both teams. USC can build on momentum heading back into conference action with a strong showing.

Before we get to the MLK meet, USC will travel to Oregon State for a dual meet on Friday. Many of the Trojans like Louise Hansson are coming off a strong European Short-Course Championships meet in December and will look to continue that success in the college season.

Meanwhile, for Wisconsin, this is a chance to prove they belong back in the national rankings.

The Cal women will host their invitational on Friday and Saturday, which is a club meet.

UCLA will also host its diving invitational Friday-Sunday and Cal and USC will be two of the teams participating.

The USC women had a bit of a breakout season last year and are looking to continue in that direction. They have to take care of some Pac-12 business along the way, beginning this this meet.

In Friday’s other dual meet, Stanford will face the University of the Pacific.

On Saturday, Arizona State will face Washington State for a women’s dual. The Sun Devils are making progress and have gradually become a team poised to reach the top 15 national rankings. They are currently 26th. A good meet against Washington State could propel them into the rankings.

And for Washington State, the goal is the same, have a strong showing and continue to build toward the upper echelon of the Pac-12.