Pac-12 Football
Pac-12 Game Day: Week 6

A pretty quiet weekend in terms of hyped matchups. Only ASU/Utah could potentially have conference title implications. Oregon already demolished Cal on Thursday night, 43-15, behind an incredible 2nd half performance where the Duck’s outscored the Cal, 29-0. Here are the rest of the matchups:

Arizona State @ Utah, 12:30 PST, TV: ROOT Sports

Arizona @ Oregon State, 12:30 PST, TV: Fox College Spots

Colorado @ Stanford, 4:30 PST, TV: Versus

Washington State @ UCLA, 7:30 PST, TV: ROOT Sports

USC and Washington are on BYE weeks.

My picks are highlighted in BOLD.

Pac-12 2011: Arial Attack

Robert Woods (USC) and Marquees Wilson (WSU) are #1 and #2 in the nation in Receiving Yards Per Game at 149 and 137.

Keith Price (UW) is #2 in the nation with 17 passing TDs.

Nick Foles (Arizona) and Marshall Lobbestael (WSU) are #3 and #6 in the nation in Passing Yards Per Game at 375 and 333.

Pac-12 QBs hold down 6 of the top 22 passer ratings in that nation with Andrew Luck leading the way at #6. The others are Keith Price #10, Marshall Lobbestael #13, Matt Barkley #16, Darron Thomas #17, and Nick Foles #22.

A look at last weeks action:

Stanford (3-0) over Arizona (1-2) 37-10

Illinois (3-0) over Arizona St (2-1) 17-14

Cal (3-0) over Presbyterian (1-2) 63-12

Colorado (1-2) over Colorado St (2-1) 28-14

Oregon (2-1) over Missouri St (0-3) 56-7

Oregon St (0-2) BYE

Texas (3-0) over UCLA (1-2) 49-20

USC (3-0) over Syracuse (2-1) 38-17

Utah (2-1) over BYU (1-2) 54-10

Nebraska (3-0) over UW (2-1) 51-38

San Diego St (3-0) over WSU (2-1) 42-24

Pac-12 goes 5-4 in non-conference games and Stanford takes an early lead in the Pac-12 North by virtue of being the only team in the North division having played a conference game. There is no doubting that this years’ teams look weak nationally but the season is young and bowl games are three months away.

Shaky first weekend of play overshadowed by resurrected talks of the Pac-16 

Once again, talks of realignment have surfaced as Pac-12 comissioner Larry Scott admitted in interviews that the conference has been contacted concerning expansion by one or more instituion. The main school involved in the rumor is Oklahoma, which would likely be followed by calls from Oklahoma State, Texas, and Texas Tech. Billionaire Oklahoma State-booster Boone T. Pickens was quoted yesterday saying that Oklahoma State will soon be part of the Pac-12. So the rumor mill is once again swirling. On to a brief recap of the opening weekend’s action…

Oregon State loses to Sacramento State…at home.

Despite being doubled up on total yards, Washington secures a win with a last minute INT in the end zone to take their opener over Eastern Washington.

Utah looks unimpressive in home win against Montana State.

USC gets late INT to survive Minnesota by 2 points.

Oregon shoots itself in the foot and the offense does not click in a nationally televised drubbing by SEC-foe LSU.

UCLA plays it close but eventually loses and gives up a rushing TD that makes the last years Saints defense against Seattle look good.

Washington State beats Idaho Sate and scores the most points in a game since 1997 but loses their starting QB and unquestioned team leader, Jeff Tuel, to a fractured collar bone.

Colorado loses its 19th consecutive road game to Hawaii by 17 points.

And now for the good…

The Arizona schools whipped their opponents by a combined 65 points.

Cal played solid on both sides of the ball in their 36-21 win over Fresno State.

Stanford looked every bit the part of a champion, beating San Jose State by 54 points.

The Pac-12 features a team in seven of the 14 weekends. The following teams appear on the list with total appearances in parentheses: Oregon (3), USC (3), Arizona State (2), and Stanford (3).

Fact of the Day

In Andrew Luck’s 25 starts, Stanford is 20-5 and 5-1 against ranked opponents.

 

Now…I for one am strong in my opinion that pre-season polls are as useless as a space heater in the desert but it still gives us something to talk about. 

According to NCAA Coaches, the Pac-12 is going to be very top-heavy this season and I can’t say I disagree. Oregon lands at #3 and Stanford close behind at #6, but outside of those two, there are no other teams ranked in the top 25. If you like to rely on vote total and count past 25, here is how the rest of the teams with votes shook out:

#26 - Arizona State

#28 - Utah

#32 - Arizona

#46 - Oregon State

#48 - Washington

Rewatched the 2011 Orange Bowl tonight. Stanford could have won the National Championship game had they played.