Washington Gameday Observations...
-- In my 35 years of watching Husky football, I don't think I can ever remember the Huskies not throwing a pass in an entire half of play. The win over Colorado wasn't a surprise from a talent standpoint, the Buffaloes just don't have the horses to compete in the Pac 12 right now, but what was stunning was the utter dominance of Washington's win as far as score and total yardage.
-- The Huskies came out focused and ready for this game. Can they duplicate that? As AANDY likes to say...tick tick tick
-- It's hard to believe that one guy can have that much of an effect on the play of the offensive line, but with Dexter Charles back in there, the line handled things much better.
-- Hopefully, Keith Price can have the same type of success against UCLA this weekend as he did against Colorado. He was 22 of 29 for 312 yards with two touchdowns. He also ran for two scores. I don't see him being able to be that successful in Pasadena, but if he makes good decisions and is patient, there should be receivers open.
-- Really liked what I saw from Marvin Hall on Saturday night. He looked much more comfortable as a receiver than I've seen him look since he arrived. He was confident, ran good routes and didn't drop a pass.
-- The defense needs to get pressure constantly on UCLA's Brett Hundley. If you make him uncomfortable in pocket he becomes a below-average passer.
-- Hopefully, Justin Wilcox attacks this week instead of playing a passive game. They need to spy Hundley with guys like Shaquille Thompson and Travis Feeney and not allow him to make plays with his legs.
-- As great as Marcus Peters is playing, I am just not seeing greatness out of Gregory Ducre. He might be the fastest Husky, but the senior corner is just average in coverage and I haven't seen him make enough plays on the ball when he's had a chance.
-- Loved seeing the Huskies get Austin Seferian-Jenkins involved early and hopefully that will be the case going forward. The more he can be a threat in the middle of the field, the better it will be for the offense.
-- Josh Perkins just continues to impress. He's a good receiver and has really turned himself into a good blocker. Look for him to be a real key down the stretch for the offense, both in the short passing game and running game (as a blocker) and as a receiver that they send in motion.
-- Danny Shelton might not wind up being an All-Pac 12 player, but he's playing at an All-Pac 12 level. He rarely gets moved off the line and he's getting more penetration and causing problems in the opponents' backfield.
Pac 12 Weekend Observations...
-- There were some really good games in the Pac 12 over the weekend.
-- Utah choked away their game with Arizona State. Everything they did in the first three quarters, both offensively and defensively completely befuddled the Sun Devils, but in the fourth quarter, the wheels came off. They couldn't do anything offensively and that put their defense really bad spots.
-- ASU's Taylor Kelly is one tough little quarterback. He was pounded by Utah, but he kept getting back up and made plays when it counted.
-- The Oregon/Stanford game looked like a laugher for three quarters, but, as always, Oregon showed why they are considered to be one of the top teams in the country as they never gave up and made plays to give themselves a chance.
-- Like the announcers were saying during the broadcast, would it be a surprise to see more and more kickers go to the technique that Alejandro Maldanado used for his onside kicks? The ball was horizontal on the tee and he got great bounces, which is what you are looking for, that cause Stanford some problems and made the Cardinal players make some terrific catches in order to nullify the effectiveness.
-- Without a healthy Marcus Mariota, Oregon is still a great team, but they aren't elite. He probably won't win the Heisman with his performance vs. Oregon fresh in everyone's minds, but I still think he's the best player in the country.
-- Kevin Hogan is going to cost Stanford a game. He is not throwing the ball well and when they take on a surging USC this weekend, that could mean trouble for the Cardinal.
-- Speaking of the Trojans, what a day for WR Nelson Agholor. He returned a punt 75 yards for a touchown and a kickoff 93 yards for a score in USC's 62-28 win over California. He's only been average as a receiver, but he's proven himself to be a very good return man this year.
-- UCLA freshman Myles Jack is showing what a special player he is. Rushing for 120 yards and a touchdown on six carries while posting eight tackles (all solo), a tackle-for-loss, a fumble recovery and two pass breakups. Sorry Husky fans, I know it's like a dagger to the heart.
-- Without Jack, does UCLA win that game?
-- UCLA's defensive line is really good. Washington's offensive line is going to have to bring their "A" game this Friday. If they can get some push in the run game, that could make things easier for Price.
-- Todd Barr and Shane Skov are my two favorite players in the Pac 12. Both are long, both are tough, both are playmakers and both are true leaders for their team.
Weekend Thoughts (Week 11)
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