Week four of the college football season in the Pac-12 Conference saw some teams slip up for the first time and other teams start to emerge, while upsets popped up (heck they were on the road no less) and still other favorites asserted themselves. Let's take a look at how ten teams fared against each other with in-conference games this past week.
Oregon State Beavers 27 - UCLA Bruins 20: In hot Pasadena, it would seem the beleaguered Beavers (2-0, 1-0 in Pac-12) who had only played one game to this point, just may be heard from before this year is through. The Bruins (3-1, 0-1) who had been the surprise team at this juncture, have an offense that couldn't be stopped; and, certainly their redshirt freshman quarterback Brett Hundley did well in the air. However, the nation's leading rusher, running back Johnathan Franklin was stifled by Oregon State, gaining only 45 yards. The Beaver passing attack led by quarterback Sean Mannion was strong and the Beaver offense controlled the game from the outset while gaining 501 total yards.
Colorado Buffaloes 35 - Washington State Cougars 34: In smoky Pullman, everything was going according to plan for the Cougars (2-2, 0-1) and new head coach Mike Leach's 'Air Raid' attack heading into the fourth quarter leading 31-14 … but that's why they play four quarters. Although the struggling Buffaloes (1-3, 1-0) looked like the laughingstock of the Pac-12 at this point, 21 points in the final seven minutes of the game, including a 70 yard march with a fourth down touchdown with nine seconds, sealed a much-needed victory for Colorado.
USC Trojans 27 - California Golden Bears 9: In very warm Los Angeles, the Trojans (3-1, 1-1) rebounded from their loss to Stanford last week to win the old-fashion way: running and defense (see related articles). The Bears shut down most of the USC passing game but the Trojans ran for almost 300 yards led by their two tailbacks - Silas Redd had 158 yards rushing and Curtis McNeal's added another 115 yards. That was coupled with a stingy USC defense that allowed only 77 yards on the ground and 250 total yards.
Arizona State Sun Devils 37 - Utah Utes 7: In sweltering Tempe, the Sun Devils look like their rebuilding program is going well. In the meantime, the Utes (2-2, 0-1), who were to challenge the USC Trojans for the South Division crown have problems. The game was really over at halftime and it was a combined effort of offense and defense. In fact, the Arizona State defense held Utah to little more than 200 total yards for the game.
Oregon Ducks 49 - Arizona Wildcats 0: In comfortable Eugene, reality hit the Wildcats (3-1, 0-1) square in the face and it was called the Ducks (4-0, 1-0). Oregon got off to a slow start on offense but their defense may have been the winner here. Arizona came into this game averaging more than 46 points a game and moved the ball at times but the Duck defense kept them out of the end zone all night and forced four turnovers in the process.
Favorites USC and Oregon held serve with very solid efforts while Oregon State and Colorado went on the road and won rare conference games as underdogs. Some thought Utah would be a team to be reckoned with but nothing is going right for the Utes - and they play USC next. This week has a slate of games that includes a Thursday night nationally televised game in Seattle with Stanford and Washington. It appears nearly every road team this week is a favorite, which means an upset or two is possible.
Sources - Pac-12 Conference
Daryle lived in Los Angeles Ca. most of his life and has been a longtime fan of USC and the Pac-12, having closely followed the Trojans since he was just a youngster. Fight On!
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