The Oregon State football team was off this weekend, so it was a good time for me to catch up with others in the Pac-12 Conference to see how they are doing.
Big-time nonconference matchup didn’t do so well, but teams showed well in nonconference rivalry games.
And the one conference game was a slobberknocker. Here’s my look at the Pac-12 in Week 3.
1. Stanford (3-0, 1-0): That was a rough game at Arizona with several injuries, but the Cardinal prevailed behind QB Andrew Luck.
2. Oregon (2-1, 0-0): The Ducks crushed Missouri State. Not much could be learned in that game. They just kept going forward.
3. USC: (3-0, 1-0): The Trojans appear to be picking up steam with a dominating win over Syracuse. They’ll be the spoiler, yet.
4. California (3-0, 0-0): Crushing some team called Presbyterian kept the Bears undefeated. A win is a win, and helps build confidence.
5. Utah(2-1, 0-1): Blasting rival BYU was a great way to bounce back from a near win against USC. The Utes will be formidable with some talent.
6. Arizona State (2-1, 0-0): Momentum couldn’t be sustained after breaking into the top-25. Road test at Illinois was too much in close loss.
7. Washington (2-1, 0-0): Huskies hung in there for a while against Nebraska. Offense was great, but defense not so good.
8. Arizona (1-2, 0-1): Rough start for the Wildcats, but you have to figure there’s enough ability on that roster to move up soon.
9. Washington State (2-1, 0-0): After looking great for two games the Cougars ran into an impressive San Diego State team and the defense faltered.
10. Colorado (1-2, 0-0): After struggling for two games the Buffaloes got on track against their injury-depleted rival Colorado State. QB Tyler Hansen looks impressive.
11. UCLA (1-2, 0-0): Bruins didn’t fare well against Texas, but at least they put up 20 points. They’ll be a tough challenge for the Beavers on Saturday.
12. Oregon State (0-2, 0-0): It was a bye week so the Beavers couldn’t improve or drop. Hopefully, they are healthy with UCLA looming. That’s the make-or-break game of the season.