Pac-12 Week 3 Wrap-Up and Week 4 Preview

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UTEP 16

@ Arizona 63

A friend of mine texted me “What was that about Arizona?” Arizona beat a team that is regarded, in some circles, as the worst team in the FBS. I’ll wait until conference play until I change my mind about Arizona. Fortunately, Pac-12 play begins today for the Wildcats when they host the Utes. I’ve got my money on Utah.

 

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Arizona State 45

@ Texas Tech 52

What happens when two unstoppable forces meet two completely movable objects? An ASU-TTU home-and-home that totaled 220 points over two years (55 ppg averaged between the two teams). ASU does not have a defense, we knew that. Unfortunately, we have no idea how good their offense is since TTU doesn’t, either. Expect another track meet when ASU hosts the Oregon Ducks (an equally offense heavy/light defense squad).

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Ole Miss 16

@ Cal 27

So. Um. Well. I don’t really know what to say. Ole Miss was the away team and are getting the brunt of an NCAA investigation…but they’re still Ole Miss…and Cal is still Cal. I’m wholly impressed by how quickly Justin Wilcox has made improvements to Cal’s defense and I’m interested to see how far this goes. I had the Golden Bears winning three games this year and they’re already to two. A real test comes barreling their way when they host the Trojans.

 

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Northern Colorado 21

@ Colorado 41

Colorado didn’t win by quite as big a margin as the Buffalo faithful would have hoped. Up until 4:30 left in the third quarter this was a one score game. Of note, though, were two Colorado turnovers in scoring position. If the sophomore quarterback had a cleaner game, it never would have been close. The Buffs now look ahead to a Pac-12 championship rematch when they host the Washington Huskies. I expect the Huskies to win again.

 

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Oregon 49

@ Wyoming 13

Oregon took on NFL Draft darling QB Josh Allen and completely shut him down. Allen went 9/24 for 64 yards and threw one pick. He did, though, rush one in for a touchdown after an Oregon special teams snafu gave Wyoming the ball deep in their own territory. QB Justin Herbert looked solid while RB Royce Freeman continues his Heisman bid with a 150 yard, 3 TF performance (460 yds, 9 tds on the year). Oregon heads to the desert to take on Arizona State while hoping that star WR Charles Nelson is not out for long after sustaining an injury this game.

 

Oregon State 23

@ Washington State 52

Last week, I said “expect another slaughter when they head to Pullman.” I had the privilege of being able to go back to Pullman for this Homecoming game and a friend of mine gave me two tickets. I showed up with around 11 minutes to go in the second half with the Cougs up 7-2. By halftime, the Cougs pushed the score to 28-9. I figured that was as good a sign as any to make my way back to The Coug and drink low-cost beer.

I do want to make mention of Jake Luton’s horrible injury. He sustained a “probable thoracic spine fracture.” There are more important things than football, and the word is that he is back in classes after being released from Pullman Hospital.

Oregon State is bad, we know this. They get a bye week to sort themselves out. WSU is looking to go 4-0 for the first time in sixteen years when they host an 0-3 Nevada.

 

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Stanford 17

@ SDSU 20

So…Stanford might not be who we thought they were. Rashaad Penny, SDSU’s running back, picked up where Ronald Jones II and Stephen Carr left off last week by gashing Stanford’s defense for what felt like a mile (but was actually only 173 yards). Bryce Love continued his Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year campaign with another massive game, racking up 184 yards and two touchdowns. Stanford hosts UCLA in what will be a year-defining game for both programs. I suspect UCLA will win but Stanford is loaded with talent, anything is possible.

 

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UCLA 45

@ Memphis 48

This was picked as a trap game by all the analysts (which, by that very logic, should have made it not a trap game). Josh Rosen combined for 500 total yards and 5 touchdowns on the day but, as I mentioned to others, he can’t go out there and stop the run by himself. UCLA has massive problems stopping other running backs this year and I suspect this problem will not fix itself before Stanford’s Bryce Love runs wild all over them.

 

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San Jose State 16

@ Utah 54

Utah played a San Jose State team that appears to be garbage. They will play another team that appears to be garbage, but not quite as garbage. Utah should win big.

 

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Texas 24

@ USC 27

In a game that I had almost entirely written off, we saw Darnold doing Darnold things, Texas holding their own in a sold-out Coliseum, and an exciting overtime game. People want to make this into a narrative about USC being soft. I would counter with the fact that Texas had the #7 recruiting class in 2016, the #10 class in 2015, and the #17 class in 2014. In short, Texas is still Texas and will always be Texas. USC goes on the road to Berkeley to see what the fuss is all about with Cal.

 

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Fresno State 16

@ Washington 48

Washington played another bad team and won. We will get to see them test their mettle against their first real opponent: a Colorado team who lost their defensive coordinator and tons of talent across the board from last year. Expect Washington to win.

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