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Pac-12 Wrap, Week 3: The Good, Bad and Arizona State

If you're one of those fans who cheers for an entire conference during the non-conference schedule, this was a pretty rough weekend to be a Pac-12 fan. The conference went 5-4 in out of conference play, while Stanford beat up on Arizona in the only Pac-12 game of the week.

The Good

  1. Oregon and California dominated their inferior opponents, outscoring Presbyterian and Missouri State 119-19.
  2. Colorado looked competitive and finally won a game, defeating Colorado State 28-14 in Denver.
  3. Matt Barkley threw for five touchdowns as the USC Trojans romped the ACC-bound Syracuse Orange, 38-17.
  4. Utah finally came to life, scoring 40 points in the second half to decimate BYU, 54-10.
  5. Andrew Luck continued his Heisman campaign, throwing for 325 yards against a tough Arizona Wildcats pass rush.
  6. Don't look now, but Washington is a legit football team. Keith Price has taken the reins from Jake Locker will little difficulty, nearly willing his team to a huge upset victory over the Nebraska Cornhuskers.
  7. LaMichael James picked up 204 rushing yards against Missouri State. He's quite good, no?

The Bad

  1. Arizona State blew their best chance of the year to earn respect, falling 17-14 in a lackluster effort against the Illinois Fighting Illini. Seriously, what happened out there? The offense looked like it was in quicksand all afternoon.
  2. Washington State got roughed up by a very competitive San Diego State team, 42-24. Can't really blame them, as Ronnie Hillman is an incredible running back who happened to score 4 touchdowns on 191 rushing yards.
  3. UCLA couldn't get out of its own way, turning the ball over far too often against Case McCoy's Texas squad. A 49-20 loss in the Rose Bowl has to be an embarrassment for Rick Neuheisel, who is on a short leash at best.

The Ugly

  1. Boy, does Arizona suck. Their kicking game is reminiscent of a JV football team.
  2. In general, field goals were a huge problem for the Pac-12. Both ASU and UA missed key kicks and in the end fell on their own swords.
  3. BYU turned the ball over seven times against the Utes. The Illini sacked Brock Osweiler six times. What is happening?