The Pac-12 had a successful week three; going 9-3, with one loss coming from inter-conference play. For the most part, all teams’ offenses looked strong, as we now enter Pac-12 play with fun and exciting matchups on the horizon.
1. #7 Stanford: 27-10 win over USC
After a very early bye week, Stanford returned to action against their rival USC. Stanford was in control for the entire game, as USC never held a lead at any point. Christian McCaffrey rushed for 117 yards and one touchdown and added another 66 yards and a touchdown through the passing game, including an untouched 56-yard pass and catch in the first quarter that set the tone for the game. Stanford has now beaten USC three times within the last calendar year.
2. #9 Washington: 41-3 win over Portland State
Both the offense and defense dazzled in Washington’s 41-3 win over Portland State. Jake Browning threw for four touchdowns and the defense only allowed 182 yards on the day with four forced turnovers. The Huskies open up Pac-12 play this week as they travel to Arizona to take on the Wildcats.
3. #24 Utah: 34-17 win over San Jose State
The Utes defense ate up the Spartans offensive line, sacking freshman quarterback Josh Love 10 times, with eight different players getting in on the action. The Utes are second in the nation with 15 team sacks, one behind Florida’s 16. Utah will face USC this week in their Pac-12 opener.
4. Oregon: 35-32 loss to Nebraska
The Ducks shot themselves in the foot as they missed on four two-point conversion attempts in their three-point loss to the Cornhuskers. Starting running back Royce Freeman’s status is unknown for the Oregon Ducks, after leaving last week’s game early with a leg injury.
5. California: 50-43 win over Texas
The Golden Bears’ offense had a terrific day, gaining 507 yards with senior quarterback Davis Webb throwing for 396 yards and four touchdowns, including the game-winning throw with 3:41 remaining. This was the Cal’s first win against a ranked opponent in nearly four years.
6. Arizona State: 32-28 win over Texas San Antonio
The Sun Devils showed grittiness and resiliency, outscoring the Roadrunners 17-0 in the fourth quarter, moving to 3-0 on the season. The offense has averaged 48 points per game and now will open up Pac-12 play against California’s weak defense, who has given up an average of 39.6 points per game this season.
7. UCLA: 17-14 win over BYU
The Bruins were in control for most of this game, leading 17-0 up until the Cougars scored with just over three minutes remaining in the third quarter. Sophomore quarterback Josh Rosen threw two touchdowns and led the offense to 357 total yards on the day.
8. USC: 27-10 loss to Stanford
USC suffers another loss to a big-time program, falling to 1-2 on the year. This season may have been seen as a transition year for USC under head coach Clay Helton, but fans will find it unacceptable if they fall to 1-3 if they lose to Utah this week.
9. Arizona: 47-28 win over Hawaii
Hawaii couldn’t stop quarterback Brandon Dawkins, as the sophomore ran for 118 yards and three touchdowns and also had 235 yards and one touchdown through the air. The Wildcats can make an early season statement as the #9 Washington Huskies come to town this week.
10. Colorado: 45-28 loss to Michigan
The two dominating wins against lesser opponents prepared the Buffaloes for their trip to the Big House, as they jumped out to a 21-7 lead in the first quarter. The overall depth of Michigan was too much to handle, as NFL-bound Jabrill Peppers had 180 yards in the return game, including a 54-yard punt return touchdown in the fourth quarter to ice the game. The Michigan crowd did not intimidate quarterback Sefo Liufau, as the senior threw for 246 yards and three touchdowns on the Wolverines’ defense.
11. Washington State: 56-6 win over Idaho
Mike Leach’s epic rant must have struck a chord with this Cougar team, as they won by 50 at home. The offense produced 509 yards on the day, but the team’s 11 penalties for 109 yards is alarming as we enter Pac-12 play.
12. Oregon State: 37-7 win over Idaho State
The Beavers came off their bye week to rush for 246 yards in their win against Idaho State. The Beavers still haven’t shown the firepower to match up with the rest of the Pac-12.