Some observations from Washington's game with Oregon as well as some of the other games in the conference from last weekend...

UW/Oregon Observations

-- Loved the tone that Shaq Thompson set at the start of the game with his bit hit on the Oregon kick off returner.

-- The defense came out fired up, but John Timu has got to make that interception. He may have scored and it could have been a much different game. Same thing happened vs. Stanford. You have to make plays against good teams when you have the chance.

-- Sure, Budda Baker made a couple of errors, but he’s playing much faster and he’s really starting to recognize things a lot quicker than he was just a couple of weeks ago. I stand by my prediction that he will be one of the best defensive backs to play at Washington in the past 25 years.

-- Is Cyler Miles really the guy to take this team to the next level? It’s not all his fault the offense is faultering, but it all starts with the quarterback. He has to be able to make the throws when they are there and it just isn’t happening right now. Once again, he’s only started 7 games and he’s played in portions of three others, but until he can figure it out, it’s hard to see this offense excelling.

-- Losing Dwayne Washington to a rib injury and with a dinged up Lavon Coleman, the Huskies are in serious trouble at tailback. Look for Thompson to get more carries and don’t be surprised if Ralph Kinne sees some reps as well.

-- The wideouts just continue to struggle to get open and Kasen Williams continues to be even less than an afterthought in the offense. He’s never targeted. Other than when he’s called as the primary target, Miles isn’t hitting him. Is it because Miles doesn’t trust him? Hard to say.

-- Still way too many missed tackles on the defense. This has been a problem for years and it seemingly will continue for the forseeable future.

-- Why do you play with a five-yard cushion on 3rd and 2? I will never understand that mentality.

-- The offensive line just looks tentative. They don’t fire out and block guys. Now with Dexter Charles in a boot and Ben Riva continuing to nurse injuries, the offensive line could continue to be a real detriment to their success.

-- Hauoli Kikaha and Danny Shelton will be sorely missed next year. Washington hasn’t had a combination like these two up front in a long time.

Pac 12 Observations

Utah 29 Oregon State 23
-- Great back-and-forth game in this one. Really fun to watch. It was a defensive slug-fest for the first three quarters, but then things started to open up. Gutsy field goal by Trevor Romaine to tie the game at 16 as regulation ran out, but then to miss from 37 in OT to basically give Utah the game? Wow.

-- Devante Booker is quickly becoming an unstoppable force for the Utes. He was a great runner at the JUCO level and he’s continued that at Utah. Once they started to feature him, starting during their game vs. Washington State, all he’s done is rush for 563 yards and five touchdowns over those three games.

-- Sean Mannion really misses Brandin Cooks. As a sophomore and junior, Mannion typically threw for over 300 yards on any given night and Cooks was a big recipient, getting open regularly and making yards after catch. Oregon State does not possess a guy with that ability right now.

UCLA 36 California 34
-- Brett Hundley ended up with a nice stat line from the game – 21 of 42 for 330 yards, 2 TDs and 1 INT; 94 yards rushing and 1 TD – but if you watched the game, he really didn’t play all that well. He made some bad decisions, he turned the ball over twice in crucial situations that led to Cal points. From what I have seen so far this year, Hundley has regressed from the player he was last season and he really should stick around Westwood for another season because he just doesn’t look ready for the NFL.

-- Cal LB Hardy Nickerson was having a great game until he got hurt. He had forced a fumble and was seemingly everywhere. He’s an outstanding player and leader for the Golden Bears.

-- Paul Perkins is a beast of a running back for UCLA. When he went down, the Bruins were up a creek as far as their running game was concerned. If he can get healthy for the stretch run, UCLA might be okay on the ground.

Arizona State 26 Stanford 10
-- I can totally see why people were surprised to see what ASU was able to do to Stanford, but if you really take a look at the Cardinal and the way they have played the past couple of weeks, you could see something like this coming. Stanford’s offense has looked pretty pedestrian lately and their defense has been okay, but nothing to write home about.

-- Kevin Hogan may throw the ugliest ball I have seen from a starting QB. Even when he’s not pressured it wobbles all over the place.

-- Who will start next week when ASU travels to Seattle to take on UW? Mike Berkovici or Taylor Kelly? It’s gotta be a tough decision for Todd Graham.

USC 56 Colorado 28
-- Sorry folks, didn’t watch a down of this game. Was planning to, but then I saw what the first quarter score was (USC 28, Colorado 0) and decided to watch another game.

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