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Around the Pac 12 - Week 6

Here's a look around the league with observations on each of the games that Pac 12 teams played last weekend...

Arizona State 23

UCLA 20

-- ASU is in trouble at quarterback with Brady White going down. He didn't look great, but he was the last real QB they have available right now.

-- UCLA's season will go down the tubes if Josh Rosen, who left the game twice with injuries, misses any time. Their replacement QB, Mike Fafaul, looked awful and appeared to be a deer in headlights.

-- UCLA's defense played pretty well, but is that because White was starting for Manny Wilkins who is currently nursing an injury?

-- At 3-3 (1-2 in conference play), UCLA is teetering on the brink right now. With Rosen, they are a team to be reckoned with. Without him, they are a team that may not win another game.

-- UCLA finished with a negative one yard rushing on 23 carries. Yikes!

-- Taking nothing away from ASU's Zane Gonzalez who is now the most prolific kicker in NCAA history as he has now hit 89 field goals, but is this a dubious honor? Does it mean you are settling for field goals instead of scoring touchdowns?

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Washington State 42

Stanford 16

-- Great recovery for the Cougs. They have played well since losing their first two games of the season and they currently look like the second-best team in the North.

-- Another game and another Luke Falk near concussion. Some think he was concussed. If you read what former Coug Steve Gleason had to say, he sure seems to think that Falk was concussed.

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-- Stanford didn't have an offensive score until the last play of the game. 

-- Making matters worse for Staford is the health status of RB Christian McCaffrey. It sounds like he could have come back and played after he left with an injury in the second half, but that head coach David Shaw decided to sit him since the game was out of reach. We'll have to see how effective he is over the rest of the season.

-- This game was the first time since 2003 that Washington State had beaten a team in the top 15.

-- I don't know what WSU DL coach Joe Salave'a said to his troops, but they are the biggest reason for the Cougars' turnaround...at least on defense. He's got DE Hercules Mata'afa playing at an All-Pac 12 level right now and that definitely needs to continue.

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USC 21

Colorado 17

-- The score was much closer than the game actually went. USC kept Colorado in the game with four turnovers, one of which came when freshman QB Sam Darnold fumbled at the one yard line as he was about to go over for a touchdown.

-- Darnold continues to look like the player that USC hoped he was when he signed last February. He finished the day with 358 yards and three touchdowns while going 25 of 37. He also had a pick.

-- Colorado has a nice trio of receivers in Devin Ross, Shay Fields and Bryce Bobo. They were all highly recruited kids out of high school and each are playmakers. Fields is the speedster, Ross does his work out of the slot and Bobo is the bigger bodied receiver who can play a physical brand of football. 

-- Steven Montez, who has done a great job in relief of Sefo Liufau, finally came back down to earth. He was harassed most of the day by the USC pass rush and rarely got a chance to set his feet. He finished the day 25 of 40 for 197 yards with a touchdown and an interception.

-- Clay Helton appears to have turned the corner and may have his team poised to get back to the top of the South. They are relatively healthy compared to everyone else and they are playing pretty well.

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Utah 36

Arizona 23

-- Brandon Dawkins is a differnce-maker for the Wildcats, but he's fragile and dinged up. Will he be able to play another full game? He missed parts of both of the past two games and he's likely to miss more time as the season moves along.

-- Without Nick Wilson, Arizona is pedestrian as a running team. They really can't do much without him in the backfield.

-- How did Utah, who was playing at home, have eight false starts in the first half? That is just brutal.

-- Utah's defense is strong, up front against the run, but they do not get a ton of pressure on the quarterback. They don't have a lot of speed up front, but they are stout. 

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Oregon State 47

California 44

-- Up until Saturday, Oregon State had lost 12-straight Pac 12 games. 

-- Oregon State exposed Cal's biggest weakness - their run defense. They set program records for total yards on the ground -- 474 -- and they also had their quarterback go for over 100 yards and two scores. The leading rusher was Ryan Nall who finished with 221 yards and three scores. 

-- Cal also had a good night on the ground as they rushed for 317 yards including Khalfani Muhammad (165 yds, 1 TD) and Tre Watson (134 yds, 2 TDs).

-- Did Oregon State just give all of Cal's future opponents the way to defense Davis Webb? Webb had been one of the leading passers in the nation heading into the game, but he finished just 23 of 44 for 113 yards with no touchdowns and an interception.

-- I think Oregon State LB Caleb Saulo is one of the unsung players in the country. He had 13 tackles on Saturday vs. Cal and he's up to 39 tackles and an interception on the season. The former Kentlake star wasn't highly recruited out of high school, but he's instinctive and he's a leader.


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