The Pacific-12 Conference now has six teams ranked in the Top 25, although none of them are in the Top 10. Most projected conference-title contenders have one loss already, and the season seems quite unpredictable already.
Hang on, folks, as the ride may get even bumpier. The Conference of Champions is so fun, for this exact reason. Forget having the same team win out every year, like over in the ACC or the SEC. This is true competition.
We went 9-3 in our predictions last week, bringing our season record to 25-8 so far in 2019. As for Week 3, here’s a look back at what went down …
What Pac-12 team’s fans will be happy?
How did Arizona State win a game where it was out-gained by 188 yards on the road? Good question, as for the second year in a row, the Sun Devils were completely outplayed by the Michigan State Spartans—yet somehow came away with a victory, due to MSU’s incompetence. If only every Pac-12 team could be so lucky!
What Pac-12 team’s fans will be mad?
The USC Trojans took a huge step back after a Week 2 blowout over Stanford. To go on the road and lose to the Brigham Young Cougars—after the Utah Utes beat BYU handily in Provo—means the Trojans are at a psychological disadvantage for the rest of the season as they battle for the Pac-12 South Division crown with the Utes.
Big Performers of the Week
Here we go again. Does it even matter who plays quarterback at Washington State? Evidently not. Anthony Gordon had a great game against the Houston Cougars on the road, throwing for 440 yards and three touchdowns, while completing 75 percent of his throws. Overall, Gordon leads the nation in passing yards (1,324), passing yards per game (441.3), and total offense per game (447.7).
Defensively, Myles Bryant keyed Washington’s easy victory over Hawaii. He intercepted two passes and had a sack as the Huskies dropped the Rainbow Warriors like a bad habit, 52-20, in front of the home crowd in Seattle.
Unlucky Team of the Week
The Colorado Buffaloes could have won the home game against in-state rival Air Force, but … they missed an extra-point during a fourth-quarter comeback that eventually put the game into overtime (doh!), and then in overtime, the Buffs couldn’t score in front of their own fans. One could argue the Buffs didn’t even deserve to be in this game, but losing like that when a win was right there for the taking (twice?) has to sting bad.
Big picture heading into Week 4
Friday night is the big South Division showdown between USC and Utah in Los Angeles. That game could go a long way toward determining which school wins the Pac-12 overall, as the No. 10 Utes have a legit shot to go undefeated and maybe rise in the rankings high enough to be considered for the College Football Playoff. Also, the Oregon Ducks travel to Stanford to start the North Division scrum for 2019. Both these games have long-term ramifications for the conference this season.
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