Colorado State Rams (1-5, 0-2 MW)
Lost vs. Fresno St. 7-28
I nearly typed 7-58, and I wish it were true. At least we can say that Fresno wanted to make a statement when they beat CU.... conversely, when you beat CSU nobody really notices. CSU started a new quarterback, the ridiculously named M.J. McPeek, and the Rams were almost shutout of the game, they only scored with 42 seconds to go.
At San Diego St. next.
Sacramento State Hornets (4-2, 2-1 Big Sky)
Won @ Southern Utah 27-22
The Hornets were nearly caught sleeping on the powerhouse Thunderbirds, and had to come back from 14-22 to win.
Weber St. at home next.
Fresno State Bulldogs (4-2, 2-0 MW)
Won @ Colorado St. 28-7
Derek Carr threw 4 touchdowns and Robby Rouse ran for 124 yards and no referees obstructed CSU defenders. The end.
At Boise St. next.
Washington State Cougars (2-4, 0-3 Pac-12)
Lost @ Oregon St. 6-19
Washington St. legitimately played defense, and almost came out with the win. They just forgot to back it up with some offense. The Cougars sacked OSU's QB 3 times and intercepted him 3 times as well. Wazzu threw 5 INT's themselves, thus continuing the 'Cougar Quarterback Controversy.'
Cal at home next.
UCLA Bruins (4-2, 1-2 Pac-12)
Lost @ Cal 17-43
This was UCLA's annual 'throw-up-all-over-themselves' game. 6 Bruin turnovers doomed them, including 4 INT's by Hundley. The Bruins also collected 12 penalties for 99 yards.
Utah at Rose Bowl next.
Imitation Trojan Sun Devils (4-1, 2-0 Pac-12)
At Colorado next this Thursday.
#11 Southeren Cal Trojans (4-1, 2-1 Pac-12)
Won @ Utah 38-28
Falling into 0-14 and 10-21 deficits, USC then used their pro-level talent to do the thinkable and score a bunch of points really quickly. I hate/envy USC that they can show up for 1.5 quarters of a football game and win. Barkley had 303 yards passing and 3 TD's with 0 INT's.
At Washington next.
#2 Oregon Ducks (6-0, 3-0 Pac-12)
Won @ Washington 52-21
The Ducks ended their first drive with an interception, but still led 21-0 at the end of the 1st quarter. I find the Ducks hilarious, not for their uniforms (this time) but that their reputation is as a passing offense, and yet they won with 299 yards of rushing and superlative defense. And laughable uniforms.
BYE next in advance of At ASU the following Thursday.
#17 Stanford Cardinal (4-1, 2-1 Pac-12)
Won vs. Arizona 54-48 OT
The offense showed up, matching Arizona's 617 yards of offense on a lot of broken plays (massive yardage on a typical 27 first down). Stanford's defense showed up for one play, the last one; and it was an interception in overtime. So, I guess if you're going to be selective... it was a good pick.
Notre Dame at home next.
Arizona Wildcats (3-3, 0-3 Pac-12)
Lost @ Stanford 48-54 OT
They had time in regulation for one last drive. They'd been moving the ball well, too. RichRod instead elected to go straight to overtime. Do not pass 'GO', do not collect your first conference win.
Huskers Huskies (3-2, 1-1 Pac-12)
Lost @ Oregon St. 6-19
The Huskies broke 100 yards in penalties, and gave away 5 turnovers, one that was an INT run back for a touchdown at the end of the first quarter. You can't do that against the Ducks and expect me to keep watching.
USC at home next
Utah Utes (2-3, 0-2 Pac-12)
Lost vs. USC 28-38
The Utes' D-Line is good, as in: multiple superlative individual awards at the end of the season, good. As in: causing USC to fumble on consecutive drives 1:16 apart, good. If only the D-Line could play offense.
At UCLA next
#14 Oregon State Beavers (4-0, 3-0 Pac-12)
Won vs. Washington St. 19-6
Tied for first in the Pac-12 North, OSU will have to continue winning without their QB, Sean Mannion, who is out indefinitely. The WSU game shows that may not be entirely catastrophic though, as their defense took 5 turnovers from the Cougars and limited Wazzu's 3rd down conversions to 2 of 10.
Back-to-back Cougars...At BYU next
California Golden Bears (2-4, 1-2 Pac-12)
Won vs. UCLA 43-17
There's something to be said about not losing focus amid your own mistakes. Cal's Zach Maynard's first throw went straight to a UCLA defender, but he turned the rest of the game into a career-best performance as they beat the other-bears.
At Wazzu next
At this point, I'm ok not being last in the Pac-12. Let's keep it that way... Go Buffs!