The Pac 12 just can't seem to get it's stuff together. Let's discuss.
Conference Roundup: Week 6
- How much better does Oregon look than just about everybody else right now?
- The explosion of UCLA is probably more aberration than reality given the tattered state of ASU's overall defense. Still, you can't help but notice the big plays coming from guys like Paul Perkins and Jordan Payton. These are guys who needed to step up in order for UCLA to take the next step and, well, they did.
- Not to be forgotten for UCLA is how relatively clean Brett Hundley's jersey stayed all night. Good work by that O-Line, no matter how bad the opponent.
- The other big story from the weekend was the huge comeback victory by WSU on the road in Utah. I'll eleaborate more on this, but the story of that game was the WSU defense moreso than the offense. That's two weeks in a row that WSU's D - in particular that beefy D-Line - stepped up for Mike Leach.
- Speaking of WSU's road victory - anybody notice the success that Pac 12 teams are having on the road so far this season? Five of eight conference games have been won by the visitors.
- Stanford should get credit for winning a tough game vs UW. It would be easy to say that they gave UW "every chance" ... but that isn't really true. UW gave them just as many breaks with the TD return called back, the dropped pick 6, the horrible fake punt and the lousy pass protection. The Cardinal offense was really unimpressive on their own O-Line and with their running game. In some ways, they are clones of UW - a team that is going to lean on their defense until their offense gets on track.
- UW will get a lot of attention from the fans this week. I'll just add that I'm not yet concerned about QB play. Sure, it hasn't been good. But nobody is going to do well until basic pass protection gets straightened out and the rushing attack gets going. Nobody on this roster is as good a QB as Keith Price was in 2012 and look at how his season went with bad O-Line play. There will be a time to bitch about QB play, but first things first. Right now, Cyler Miles is KP 2012 minus the turnovers.
- I'm not sure what to make of Cal. They were getting crushed by Colorado at home until Jared Goff decided to turn it on and start lighting up the scoreboard. Regardless, we are seeing the emergence of a true gunslinger down there. Whether or not he turns into a ball-safe slinger remains to be seen.
- And, how about both Sefo Liufau and Goff both throwing 7 TDs apiece in that game. That's never happened before.
- My top 5 Pac 12 defenses based on the eyeball test: Stanford, Utah, USC, Washington and .... WSU.
- Oregon State is not looking good. The defense is starting to get beat up and that offense is not yet clicking. The injury to Victor Bolden takes their best playmaker out of the mix and Mannion seems to be reverting to "sloppy Sean". That said, I fully expect a Mike Riley-esque resuscitation soon.