The Pac 12 picture came into clearer view this past weekend with the top of the conference beginning to exert itself, some new teams emerging in the middle and your beloved Dawgs starting to look like that they might be occupying the bottom portion of the pecking order, at least as things stand now. Here are some Roundup Dots for your perusing pleasure.
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Pac 12 Roundup
- You have to hand it to Oregon. After looking like they were overmatched both defensively and in their ground attack in the first half, they came back to win impressively. In fact, they didn't just come back, they quite literally dominated the second half in a way that had to impress just about every witness to it. They made an opponent who had been kicking their butts look foolish in every aspect of the game.
- The bad news for Oregon, more injuries on the O-line. We'll have to watch that situation play out.
- The other marquee game in the Pac, USC and Stanford, turned out exactly as predicted in the pre-season but not in the fashion that was predicted. Well, that's only half true. I expected Stanford's o-line to struggle (they did) and their RBs to not show up (they didn't). However, I had also expected USC to get more than 300 yards in total offense. The fact that they didn't is a good sign for a reloading Stanford D.
- By the way, I hope that the strip/fumble by Kevin Hogan finally puts to bed this ridiculous argument that all Hogan does is "win games". Apparently, he occasionally loses them, too. He is what he is - a good Pac 12 QB who isn't quite in the same league as the Hundleys and Mariotas of the world.
- The OSU / Hawaii game was an interesting litmus test for a rival team against a common opponent. The Beavs looked fantastic in mounting a huge 38-7 lead. However, let's not fool ourselves by saying that Hawaii ran off 24 straight points against the reserves in garbage time. The Beavers let the Warriors back in by showing off a pretty weak defense, by not executing on offense and by committing horrible penalties. A blocked punt also kind of hurt the cause. In the end, their win was about as impressive - or unimpressive - as was the Huskies (who played relatively error free).
- The UCLA offensive line is still horrible. When Memphis (and I know Memphis!) can get to your all-everything QB four times, you know you've got problems. I expect Mora is going to punch somebody at the coaches conference call on Tuesday.
- The Cougs have problems. Big problems. The thing is they don't look horrible all the time - but they commit horribly egregious errors. I don't expect them to stay this bad - not with that passing attack - but they've dug themselves a HUGE hole when it comes to getting bowl eligible. They have to have a winning record in P12 play to do it.
- You have to be impressed with the Utes. They have adopted Dave Christensen's playbook and turned it into a rip-roaring offense (which begs the question that is on all Husky Fans' minds: what is so damn hard?). They haven't really been challenged yet, but I think they are really the "surprise" team of the first two weeks.
Pac 12 Power Rankings: Week 3