Weekend Observations - UW/Pac 12 (Week 4)

Washington got to 4-0 on the season with a come-from-behind 45-14 route of Georgia State, but there are still lots of things to work on as they prepare to face Stanford this weekend. With that in mind, here are some observations from this weekend, both from the Husky game and also from around the Pac 12...

UW/Georgia State Observations

-- Someone needs to wake this team up. 14-0 at halftime vs. one of the worst FBS programs in the country? Come on. That being said, it was nice to see the players respond to things in the second half and come away with a relatively easy victory.

-- It was nice to see Marcus Peters still playing with an edge now that he's back out there playing for the Dawgs. He's a lockdown corner for this team and they need him, but no one player is bigger than the team and it was right that Chris Petersen sat him down for a week.

-- Lavon Coleman is a good tailback and I think he will have a nice career at Washington, but man, he is slow to the hole. Is it him being hesitant or is he just that slow?

-- The offensive line needs to protect Cyler Miles better. Georgia State blitzed the middle linebacker several times and he was either not picked up or he wasn't blocked well. The pressure got Miles off of his launch point and didn't allow him to look for things to develop down the field.

-- Congrats to Jeff Lindquist. He score two touchdowns and gave future Washington opponents a lot to think about when they are game-planning for the Huskies.

-- Danny Shelton just continues to be a real force up front for the Huskies. Can he continue to collapse the pocket against better competition? We'll start to find out this Saturday when they take on Stanford who arguably has the most talented offensive line in the conference if not the country.

-- Without John Ross in the lineup, the Husky offense is pedestrian at best. Hopefully he can return for the game against Stanford and stay healthy the rest of the season because without him they are in big trouble.

-- I can't wait to see what Sidney Jones looks like in a couple of years. He got picked on by Georgia State and I am sure he will see a lot more of that over the next nine games, but the lessons he learns this year will go a long way in helping him become an elite corner for the Huskies down the road.

-- The offensive line really misses Ben Riva. He brings an attitude and a quiet confidence to the line. Don't get me wrong, I think Coleman Shelton has played admirably for a RS freshman, but you can't discount what Riva brings to the table every week. Will he be back for the Stanford game? I doubt we will know until Saturday's warmups.


Pac 12 Observations

Utah 26 Michigan 10
-- It Travis Wilson goes down, the Utes are sunk. Wilson is showing much better decision-making when he's asked to drop back and pass. He's also picking and choosing his spots to run and hurt defenses.

-- Michigan is in free-fall right now, but that shouldn't mitigate what Utah was able to do against a team with a lot more talent on the road. Kyle Wittingham has his players playing hard. The Ute defense, which has been good for the past couple of years, is really playing well, allowing just 17 points per game, ranking 18th in the country in that category.

Arizona 49 California 45
-- What a heart-breaker for Cal. Giving up 36 pts in the fourth quarter is just unfathomable, but even worse, a 47-yard hail mary at the buzzer to win it? Wow.

-- Both teams have very good offenses, but neither have a defense that could stop anyone, especially through the air.

-- Arizona's skill guys are probably the most athletic and fast in the conference outside of Oregon.

Oregon 38 Washington State 31
-- I don't know what it is, but even with the talent disparity, Washington State has been able to push Oregon almost every season since the Ducks got into the National Title picture on a yearly basis.

-- Oregon's smallish offensive line just could not handle or get much push against the big Washington State defensive line.

-- WSU's offensive line protected Connor Halliday well in the narrow defeat. He didn't get sacked until the very end of the game and he wasn't pressure very much throughout the game.

-- Ifo Ekpre-Olomu looked average against Washington State. He is a talented kid who has NFL written all over him, but he really struggled with Vince Mayle and Dom Williams.

-- This was probably the best I've seen Halliday play. He was 43 of 63 for 436 yards and four touchdowns. You can't ask for him to do much more. The only problem is, when he puts up huge numbers in big games, it typically is a loss for the Cougs.

-- In 80 plays, the Cougs ran just 17 times. You have to be more balanced than that and I really don't care what Mike Leach thinks about it. This unbalanced stuff just isn't working and teams are not worried about you running the ball.

Oregon State 28 San Diego State 7/Colorado 21 Hawaii 12
-- It was painful watching Colorado against Hawaii. Just an ugly game.

-- Sefo Liufau is just getting killed when he drops back. Colorado's inability to protect him will wind up being their downfall.

-- OSU got to 3-0 on the season with a win over San Diego State. Sean Manion really spread the ball around as 10 different players caught passes.

-- The Beavers' running game is not very good, so, during Pac 12 play, everything will fall on Manion. Can he get them to a bowl game?


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