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 seven of the college football season...

-- Wow, did Stanford just put the beat-down on UCLA. They were merciless up front, on both sides of the ball, and they pounded the Bruins into submission.

-- Gotta like Christian McCaffrey’s chances at Pac 12 Offensive Player of the Week honors. 25 carries for 243 yards and four scores against a weakened Bruins defense. Yow.

-- ULCA freshman QB Josh Rosen continues to show his talent, but he’s also showing his youth. You cannot continue to throw picks and win in this conference.

-- You have to believe that the UCLA staff would prefer to lighten the freshman’s load, but when you get down early like they did, you end up throwing the ball much more than you want.

-- UCLA has recruited some talent along the offensive line, but they are getting questionable play, especially against physical teams like ASU and Stanford.

-- Luke Falk had over 300 yards and five touchdown passes in the first half as WSU coasted to a big 52-31 win over Oregon State.

-- Seth Collins is a good runner at quarterback, but he is not a Pac 12 caliber passer…at least not yet. His inability to hurt Washington State through the air really handicapped the Beavers’ efforts.

-- The game was the first sellout in quite some time for the Cougars. They actually had to sell standing room only “seats” to accommodate the demand. Is something building on the Palouse? Let’s see how they fare in Tucson against Arizona before we start planning their holiday trip plans.

-- Speaking of Arizona, how about the fact they had to score 21 points in the fourth quarter to eek out a 38-31 win over Colorado?

-- Who the hell is Jared Baker and how does he come out of nowhere to lead the Wildcats to the come-from-behind win? All he did was go out and total 207 yards and two scores on the ground while adding three receptions for 40 yards and another score.

-- Colorado’s Sefo Liufau is probably the most underappreciated quarterback in the country. He’s smart with the ball, he’s tough as nails and he just continues to put up big numbers. Unfortunately, he has very little in the way of wins to show for it.

-- USC’s biggest weakness isn’t their offense. Their defense was shredded by Notre Dame. There were plenty of times where you saw receivers running wide open down the field from broken coverages. It isn’t for lack of athletes. USC is just in disarray.

-- Thankfully he’s okay, but Pat Haden’s collapse just seems to be par for the course with USC right now. Drama, drama and more drama. I find it highly doubtful that Haden is still the AD in 2016.

-- Ok, I will admit it, I wasn’t a Utah believer. I thought they had beaten some good teams, but it seemed to be more of a product of when they got them on the schedule rather than them being that much better. However, ASU is a good team and Utah  really took it to them. I’m calling it now…Utah wins the Pac 12 South and they have a great shot at winning the conference, although Stanford sure looks like the class of the conference at this point.

-- The matchups between UCLA and Cal in Berkley and Arizona and Washington State in Tucson should be interesting.  My predictions are a Cal win and Arizona willing a shootout with the Cougs.


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