Weekend Observations - UW/Pac 12 (Week 13)

It's hard to believe that we are coming down to the last week of the regular season. Washington appears to be gaining some momentum as they head into the Apple Cup. However, before we look ahead, it's time to look back on what we saw in week 13 of the college football season, both concerning the Huskies as well as the rest of the Pac 12...

UW/Oregon State Observations

-- It’s pretty obvious that Cyler Miles has come a long way since the start of the season. He’s showing a lot more patience with the plays, allowing them to develop before he takes off. His completion to Dante Pettis in the second quarter when he could have scrambled for a first down just showed how much he’s grown over the past month or so.

-- Dwayne Washington had better figure out his ball-security problems. He’s in danger of losing his spot to Lavon Coleman who had a better night running the ball if you take out Washington’s one long TD run.

-- No targets for Kasen Williams at all? Baffling.

-- Nice to see Travis Feeney come down with a pick in such an important situation. He’s not known for his hands, so for him to make the play and then use his athleticism and speed to put Washington in scoring position was pretty important, both to the outcome of the game, but also to his confidence.

-- Mike Criste at center sure looked good on the surface of things. I didn’t notice any bad snaps and also saw the Huskies get some push along the line up front.

-- This game sure looked like Jaydon Mickens’ best as a Husky. Sure, the junior has had better games statistically, but his effect on the game was the biggest I’ve seen him produce. His fly sweep score in the fourth quarter was a thing of beauty and something Husky fans have been calling for since the start of the season.

-- Really hoping to see more targets for Darrell Daniels over the next few weeks. He's a matchup nightmare for a linebacker or a safety with his speed and size. Watching him outrun the entire Oregon State defense in the fourth quarter for his first touchdown as a Husky was a thing of beauty.

-- Great block by DiAndre Campbell down the field to free Mickens for his 36-yard touchdown run. Without that block, Mickens doesn’t score.

-- The past two weeks have been the best offensive gameplans we have seen for the Dawgs this year. They used the run, threw in some stretch pass plays and kept the pressure off of Miles.

-- How about the season that Andrew Hudson is having. He’s been amazing this year. He gets my vote for most improved player in 2014.

-- Budda Baker is so close to getting his hands on an interception, you can see how frustrating it has been for him. I’ll be surprised if he doesn’t get one in the Apple Cup or in the bowl game.

-- Hoping for the Las Vegas bowl to be the call for the Dawgs, but at this point, I don’t really care. They need the practices and they need to finish with a win in a bowl to propel them into the offseason.

Pac 12 Observations

Arizona State 52 Washington State 31
-- Yay…Luke Falk threw for 600 yards…you still lost. Will anyone at Washington State ever wake up and realize the kind of offense that Mike Leach runs will never get you anywhere in this conference? Sure, he might get them bowl eligible a couple of times, but why would anyone want to go an play for an offense like that? Blech.

-- I will be really interested to see where Vince Mayle winds up going in the NFL Draft. He’s a big-bodied guy that is rare for a Leach offense (ala Michael Crabtree). He can go up and get the ball and he’s got decent speed. I’d bet he winds up being a mid-rounder and, if he finds the right opportunity, he could wind up being a very good pro.

-- This is the second game in a row that ASU has come out and look absolutely disinterested in playing the game. The difference this week was that they came out in the second half and just asserted their dominance over a scrappy Washington State squad.

-- D.J. Foster is “Mr. Versatile”. He can run it and catch it. He was the difference in this game.

Stanford 38 California 17
-- I don’t care what scheduling conflicts came up, there is absolutely no reason that “The Big Game” should be played this weekend instead of next weekend. I’m feeling more and more like an old fuddy-duddy because I really miss the traditions of the past. I realize that the money and T.V. dictate a lot of this, but aren’t some things sacred?

-- The overturn of the of Luke Rubenzer’s shoret touchdown run late in the third quarter was a miscarriage of justice. There is no way to overturn that with the replays they showed. Ugh. Refereeing in this conference is just abysmal right now and has been for the past decade seemingly.

-- Not sure why Rubenzer was in with Jared Goff completely healthy. I mean sure, he gives you a running threat whereas Goff definitely does not, but this offense is predicated on the pass and Goff gives the Bears the best chance to make plays down the field.

-- It will be really interesting to see what the Stanford offense looks like next year without Kevin Hogan. He’s been absolutely ordinary this year, but does that tell us the Cardinal coaches don’t think anyone is better? If that’s the case, wow.

Arizona 42 Utah 10
-- The loss of Anu Solomon could be huge for the Wildcats. The redshirt freshman signal-caller was fitted for a boot in the second half, but it’s hard to say whether it was just precautionary or if it’s something that could make him miss this week’s game vs. Arizona State, that’ll be trouble.

-- Nick Wilson’s 218-yard, three-touchdown effort was impressive vs. a very good Utah defense. That makes UW’s effort against Wilson last week – 30 carries, 104 yards, two score – look that much better.

-- Nate Orchard is a stud rushing the quarterback. He and Kikaha are the best pure pass-rushers in the conference no question.

Oregon 44 Colorado 10
-- Watched a handful of plays. This came out exactly like you’d expect it to.

-- The interception by Erik Kendricks in the second-quarter was an amazing play and also the turning point of the game. USC appeared to be driving for either a tying field goal shortly before the end of the half or possibly even a touchdown, but instead, Kendricks comes up with a one-handed interception on the sideline. Myles Jack might get all the headlines, but Kendricks is the Bruins’ best linebacker.

-- Justin Wilcox defenses struggle with mobile QBs and that didn’t change vs. UCLA as Brett Hundley caused the Trojans all kinds of fits.

-- Cody Kessler was not comfortable all night. He locked onto receivers, didn’t pull the trigger when guys were open and generally got beaten and battered by the Bruin defense.

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