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Our observations with news and notes from around the Pac 12 this past week

Here are some observations, news and notes from around the Pac 12 conference after week three of the college football season...

-- I thought ASU would really miss Taylor Kelly this year, but Mike Bercovici is proving me wrong. He has looked outstanding throwing the ball so far this season, completing nearly 62% of his passes for 799 yards with seven touchdowns and just one intereception.
 
-- Oregon’s offense looks as lethal as ever, but their defense has looked borderline bad so far this season and especially last weekend in their 61-28 win over Georgia State. They allowed Nick Arbuckle to throw for 318 yards and three touchdown on the day.
 
-- Cal continues to be one of the most explosive offenses in the country, but their defense still looks like a sieve. They struggle to stop even mediocre offenses. We’ll see how they gameplan for Washington’s offense, but Texas’ offense is a mess and they put up close to 650 yards of offense and 44 points on the Golden Bears. Only reason the game didn’t go to overtime is because the kicker from Texas missed a PAT with 25 seconds left on the clock.
 
-- Washington absolutely has to get pressure on Jared Goff. The junior struggles when forced to move off his spot. If you can get a hand in his face or force him to move, his completion percentage goes from 68% to just over 50%.
 
-- The Colorado and Colorado State game was a comedy of errors with a lot of missed opportunities, turnovers and penalties. It was still entertaining, but it was obvious it was still pretty early in the season with the constant miscues.
 
-- If you want to understand how bad things have been in Boulder…the win on Saturday is the first winning streak since 2013…Yikes.
 
-- Watched the entire Stanford/USC game while doing post-game stuff and was just astonished watching the Cardinal go up and down the field on the Trojans. USC didn’t bring their “A” game, heck they didn’t really even bring their “B” game, at least on defense, and they got whooped.
 
-- Will the heat be turned up on Steve Sarkisian, or better yet, Pat Haden with this loss? You have to think it will.
 
-- Kevin Hogan had one of his best college games, hitting on 18 of his 23 attempts for 279 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for 28 yards and generally showed off his leadership skills in Stanford’s 41-31 win over USC.
 
-- Welcome to the real world Josh Rosen – 11 of 26 for 106 yards with a touchdown and three picks. Even with his poor play, the Bruins were still able to eek out a 24-23 win over BYU.
 
-- UCLA RB Paul Perkins has had two big weeks back to back and will be huge as the season moves along. His presence in the backfield will take pressure off of Rosen to win games as he continues to ease his way into the starter’s role for the Bruins.
 
-- To no one’s surprise, Rialto (Carter, Ca.) S Leni Toailoa switched up his commitment from San Jose State to UCLA. He visited last weekend officially and joining his brother. The three-star prospect is considered one of the top safeties on the West Coast.
 
-- Seth Collins looks like he has a bright future for Oregon State, but he’s still pretty limited as a passer, however, with his running abilities, he is going to be scary for defenses to game plan for over the next three or four years.
 
-- On the face of it, WSU got an impressive win over Wyoming last weekend. While Wyoming is not a very good program right now, the Cougars showed grit in coming back from a 14-7 deficit to get a 31-14 win. However, being down to a bad program like the Cowboys at home has to be concerning.
 
-- WSU LB Jeremiah Allison is playing like an All-Conference player right now. He’s averaging nearly 10 tackles a game right now and he’s athletic enough to drop back into coverage. I’ve been very impressed with his physicality at the point of attack.
-- The win by WSU is the first home win for the Cougs in over a year. Up until last Saturday, the last WSU win at home was September 13th last year vs. Portland State ironically.
 
-- Bellevue (Wa.) ATH Justus Rogers’ commitment to WSU isn’t surprising. They were his best offer and they have told him he will get a shot at QB. We’ll see how long that lasts (former Newport QB Isaac Dotson is last one who was promised a shot at QB and after two practices, he headed to safety). Most think Rogers will wind up at linebacker or safety once he gets to college.
 
-- So far, the Utes haven’t missed Travis Wilson much as Kendal Thompson has done his best to keep the Utah offense moving along. The big key for their offense though is the running of Devonte Booker. Last week, Booker finished with 156 yards and two touchdowns in leading Utah to a 45-24 win over Frenso State.

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