UCLA looks dominant after a shocking win over LSU. How does the rest of the Pac-12 stack up?
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The Bruins have quickly asserted themselves as contenders for the Pac-12 Title after dismantling Hawaii 44-10 and then following that performance with a 38-27 win over #16 LSU from the mighty SEC.
USC had some struggles offensively but still managed to defeat the defending Mountain West Champs 30-7. If USC can get their offense rolling as expected, they will have a good chance to play in a New Year's Six Bowl.
Oregon struggled early against Fresno State but looked dominant in the final minutes once they got urgent. The Ducks now face Ohio State and we should get a greater understanding of just how good Oregon is this year after that contest.
Arizona State cruised to an easy victory over Southern Utah while rushing 40 times for 222 yards. Next up for the Sun Devils is a UNLV squad that lost their opener to Eastern Washington. Expect ASU to roll big again.
Charlie Brewer looked outstanding as the Utes won 40-17 over the defending Big Sky Champions. The Utes now must travel to Provo to take on their rival, BYU.
The Buffs relied on a strong ground game to win 35-7 over Northern Colorado. Next up is #5 Texas AM in Denver. Colorado will need to open up their bag of tricks next week to pull off a stunner.
Cal's defense once again looked great while limiting Carson Strong and Nevada to just 22 points but the offense couldn't get the job done. Another tough test awaits the Golden Bears as they travel to Fort Worth to face TCU.
Arizona was impressive in their debut under Jedd Fisch and actually out gained BYU in yardage 426 to 368. The Wildcats ultimately lost 24-16 but should have a decent chance of breaking their 13 game losing streak when they face San Diego State next.
9. Oregon State
The Beavers run game struggled without Jermar Jefferson who is now in the NFL and as a result Oregon State fell 30-21 to Purdue. OSU is an 11 point favorite against Hawaii this Saturday and a win would get them back on track as they look to reach a Bowl Game.
The Pac-12 had a disappointing opening weekend and Stanford contributed to that while laying a major dud against Kansas State while losing 24-7. The Cardinal run game used to be one of the best in college football but is now just a shell of it's former self. This Saturday, Stanford will look to fare better when they face USC in Los Angeles.
WSU led 23-11 before allowing 15 points in the final 6 minutes to lose 26-23 in a shocking defeat. Rolovich and the Cougs take on Portland State next.
The Huskies suffered their worst loss in program history in a 13-7 loss to Montana. The loss raises major questions about the offensive play calling and now UW must take on Michigan and Jim Harbaugh, who would love to increase his own job security with a blow out win.