Well it’s October, and who would have thought that the schools from Oregon would be undefeated?! Of course most expected the high flying Ducks to be undefeated, but give a ton of credit to the Beavers of Oregon State. And if you look at their schedule, they are not a fluke. They have beaten some quailty teams. Let’s dive in a bit deeper.
#2 Oregon once again dominated a ranked Pac-12 opponent, as they crushed Washington 52-21. Here’s the scary think about the Ducks: their offense is just as good as last year, and the defense is vastly improved. Just look at their games against ranked opponents. They shutout Arizona, and then held the Huskies to 21 points. But let’s see what they do on the road. Amazingly, they have 5 of their first six games at home. Let’s see what they do at USC and Oregon State later this year.
Not only is #10 Oregon State undefeated, but they are the next highest ranked team in the conference. The Beavers had a great defensive performance, beating Washington State 19-6. Are they a top 10 team? I’m not sure yet. Are they a dangerous team that no doubt is a top 20 team: absolutely.
#11 USC took care of business last Thursday with a 38-28 road win over Utah. A late touchdown for the Utes made this game look closer then it was. The Trojans struggle on Thursday nights on the road, but they looked solid this week. They are #11 in the AP poll, but they are back in the top 10 in the coaches poll, at #9.
#17 Stanford continued to struggled after beating the mighty Trojans in September. They lost to Washington two weeks ago, and this week, they survived a shootout against Arizona, 54-48 in overtime. If you are a Cardinal fan, you have to be happy that the offense was on fire last week, after only putting up 13 points the week before. However, where was this vaunted defense that shut down USC? 48 points to Arizona?! That raises a ton of red flags.
Wrapping up the conference games from last week, we have one of the weirdest scoring lines: Cal destroying UCLA 43-17. Cal is bad. They lost to Nevada to start the season, and came into this game with three straight losses. Meanwhile, UCLA was back in the top 25, and they put up an embarassing effort. Clearly, I was correct that the Bruins beat an overrated Nebraska team, and just aren’t that good. My guess is they end the season with five losses.
Arizona State and Colorado were idle last week. Now, let’s take a look at how the Pac-12 looks next week. Arizona and Oregon are idle this week.
#18 Stanford at #7 Notre Dame– This is the biggest matchup of the week, and it should be a great game. We’re not sure what to expect from Stanford, as they have looked great and terrible so far this year. Meanwhile, for once, Notre Dame actually looks legit. They are ranked every single year, but finally, they look like they are deserving it. If they can pull off this victory, they will likely be in the Top 5 going into their game against Oklahoma in a couple weeks. For this one, I like the Irish. The Cardinal are a different team on the road, and Notre Dame is tough at home. I like them to win this game.
Notre Dame wins 27-17.
#11 USC at Washington– As a Trojan fan, I’m nervous about this one. The Huskies have played three top 10 opponents so far this year. They were rocked at LSU 41-3, and beaten down last week in Oregon. However, in their one big home game, they beat Stanford, the week after they beat USC. Now, a USC team that is shaky at best at offensive and defensive line now goes into Washington, which outside of Autzen Stadium in Oregon is probably the loudest stadium in the conference. I think USC pulls out the win, but it’s going to be alot closer them people think.
SC pulls out a tight one 30-24.
In the Thursday night game this week, I like Arizona State to beat Colorado on the road. Colorado is bad, and Arizona State has the talent to be in the top half of this conference at the end of the season. Wrapping up the slate of games, I also like Cal to get their second win in a row at Washington State, and UCLA to get back to its winning ways vs. Utah. Lastly, Oregon State cruises in the only non-conference game, as they go up against BYU.
Lastly, we will wrap up our recap with the play of the week in Pac-12 football. It comes from USC tight end Randall Telfer, who comes up with one of the most impressive one-handed catches you will ever see. Check it out below.