I try to avoid talking about CU in this feature, as this is supposed to be about the rest of the Conference of Champions. The other teams that make up this fun conference. But I will just say that Khalil Tate set an FBS record for most rushing yards by a QB. So yep.
Heads up, there is not much to say about any of these games. It truly was a grueling week for the conference.
USC 38, Oregon State 10
Oregon State shot themselves in the foot multiple times, which is something that Oregon State cannot afford to do. Especially against USC. CU target Josh Falo scored his first touchdown of the year, which was neat, but there was nothing out of the ordinary about this game. USC has good athletes, OSU doesn’t have the same good athletes. CU plays OSU next week (please win). Sam Darnold looked shaky again, and USC’s OL is not great.
Washington State 33, Oregon 10
Another hum-drum performance. Wazzu continues to be legit. Oregon’s offense is taking an obvious step back since they lost starting Qb Justin Herbert. This WSU team is balanced and very good on the lines, two non-MIke Leach things. It should be very scary.
Washington 38, Cal 7
sigh another blowout. I guess that Washington could have done a bit more on offense, but they were fine. And Dante Pettis hasn’t scored a punt return touchdown in what, three weeks? Get it together, dude. Cal comes to Boulder in two weeks, and seems to be a winnable game for CU. Their QB is decidedly not mobile, and their offense is semi-stagnant. UW will sleepwalk until the WSU game.
Stanford 23, Utah 20
Finally, a close game! Thanks to the two teams known for close games. Both teams ran the ball well, struggled through the air, and had surprisingly sloppy defenses. Much like they have for the rest of the year. Bryce Love is still amazing, and he basically saved Stanford this game. Utah may have something with the duo of Zack Moss and Davonta’e Henry-Cole. They were decisive and made some tough yards. Troy Williams and Keller Chryst, both senior QBs with more talented young’uns in the wings, struggled HARD this game. They couldn’t get anything going.
Byes: UCLA, Arizona State
Good Weeks: Arizona, WSU, UW
Okay Weeks: Stanford, Utah, USC
Bad Weeks: CU, Cal, Oregon, OSU