Weekend Observations - UW/Pac 12 (Week 3)

It was a positive week for the Pac 12 as all but one team that saw action last weekend got a win. Here's a look at a few observations from Washington's win over Illinois as well as some random thoughts on the rest of the teams that played over the weekend...

UW/Illinois Observations

-- Cyler Miles continues to look more comfortable running the offense. It sure looks like the more comfortable he gets in the offense, the more they will open things up for him and as that happens, as long as he can stay healthy (knock on wood), he will be a really dangerous leader for the Husky offense.

-- I like the way Dwayne Washington is running the ball. He runs hard. Lavon Coleman looks like the future at the position, but if the holes aren't there, he doesn't look like he's able to break outside and make something out of nothing. Washington appears to have that capability. His touchdown run was a thing of beauty as he broke several tackles, got outside and took it to the house.

-- Jesse Callier sure seems to be finding his stride. He ran really hard in the first series when he got opportunities and he will be a nice depth guy the rest of the way this season.

-- This team has got to figure out a way to get the ball to John Ross more. If there is a more explosive player in the Pac 12, I'd sure like to see him.

-- Speaking of getting a guy touches. Can someone please figure out a way to get Kasen Williams more targets?

-- Danny Shelton standing up and showing that he could wind up bull-rushing a tackle is going to be really hard on opponents all season. I'm real interested to see if they use that formation once we get to league play.

-- More Hauoli Kikaha rushing the passer; less of him dropping into coverage please. Last week was nice to see...we need to see more of it.

-- Hopefully Marcus Peters returns this week, or at the very least by the time the Huskies face Stanford, but the youngsters seem to be coming along. Sidney Jones looks like he's going to be a stud and Budda Baker, Naijiel Hale and Darren Gardenhire all looked good at times on Saturday.

-- Cameron Van Winkle looks like the kicker for the next couple of years at UW. He's looked excellent and the way he hit that 51-yarder at toward the end of the game was impressive. It would have been good from 55.

-- Overall, the team looks much more disciplined than they did under the previous staff, however, the penalties have got to be cleaned up. There were at least four holding penalties that stalled drives and Travis Feeney's block in the back nullified Ross' kickoff return for a TD. Fix that stuff up, like they did with the hands to the face penalties, and you could have been looking at a much bigger blowout win.


Pac 12 Observations

Arizona State 38 Colorado 24
-- Mike McIntyre has Colorado playing hard, but they just don't have enough speed right now. They don't quit though and they will wind up beating a team they shouldn't this season at some point.

-- Depending on what happens with Taylor Kelly's leg/foot issue, ASU could be in some trouble. RB D.J. Foster is playing well and they have several talented wideouts, but Kelly is he man who drives that bus and if he's out for an extended period of time, they could be in some trouble.

Arizona 35 Nevada 28
-- Is Arizona's fifth-ranked offense that good or is it putting up the numbers it has been due to the competition level. It's hard to say. Nevada's defense is better than many think, but the Wildcats still managed to put up 507 yards of offense on them.

-- A lot of people, yours truly included, thought Anu Solomon wouldn't be able to replace what Matt Scott/B.J. Denker was able to do in Arizona's offense, but he's looked pretty good so far and with his 22 of 26 for 278 yards and three touchdowns night against the Wolfpack, he sure looks like he's figuring things out.

-- UA's defense is sketchy at best. Nevada's offense is pretty good, but they aren't that good, yet they still managed to roll up 429 yards on Arizona.

Boston College 37 USC 31
-- Hard to say anything but "wow". This game was an embarrassment for the Trojans. I thought BC had a chance to upset them, but not by outscoring them. I thought it would wind up being a defensive battle, but USC allowed BC to roll up 452 yards on the ground.

-- I think there was a hangover for the Trojans from last week's thrilling win over Stanford and the 3,200 mile trek didn't help things either. That is no excuse though. USC is the more talented team and they should have been able to handle business and they didn't. That falls at the feet of Steve Sarkisian and the coaching staff.

UCLA 20 Texas 17
-- Hopefully, Jim Mora has a big present in store for Charlie Strong. With 4:14 left on the clock and the ball on your own 30, why are Texas players hurrying to the line and snapping the ball with :20 seconds left on the play clock? With all of these hurry-up offenses, it sure seems like coaches and players alike have forgotten how to manage a lead late in games.

-- Good for Jerry Neuheisel. Brett Hundley goes down with an injury and all Neuheisel did was go 23 of 30 for 178 yards and two scores including the game winner -- an absolute dime to Jordan Payton from 33 yards out with 3:00 remaining. Neuheisel really didn't go down the field much, but he hit his check downs and didn't try to force things.

-- Texas isn't very good though and UCLA has been lucky so far this year as they could have easily lost their first game against Virginia and, by all rights, they should have lost to the Longhorns this past weekend.

-- Like ASU, UCLA is in serious trouble if Hundley is out for any length of time with is elbow injury. I'd imagine, with ASU on the schedule in 12 days (Sept. 25th at home), they will be looking for some good news regarding Hundley this week.

Washington State 59 Portland State 21
-- Ho hum...Connor Halliday throws for 544 yards and six touchdowns in WSU's win over PSU. He also had his customary two interceptions. Is their offensive attack as boring as I think it is? Blah.

-- Even against lowly Portland State, WSU still can't run the ball as they managed to rush for just 76 yards (Halliday lost 12 yards on a sack). There's a reason the WSU coaches have talked the state's best RB (Austin Joyner) into being a corner.

-- Boy does Daquawn Brown like to talk some smack. Good job on making that tackle nine yards down the field buddy. Now why don't you go and talk some mess to the wideout who burned you. Yeah, that's the right thing to do.

Oregon 48 Wyoming 14/Stanford 35 Army 0
-- Two boring games I paid little attention to.

-- Stanford's next game is vs. Washington on September 27th and both teams should be ready to go for that one at Husky Stadium.

-- Oregon is at Washington State this weekend. Husky fans will be torn on who to root for, but there's no question you root for the Cougs in this one.


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