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Around The Pac 12 - Week 8

Our weekly look around the league with observations on each of the games that Pac 12 teams played over the weekend...

Utah 52


-- I guess retirement was good for Joe Williams. The guy leaves the team for four weeks, comes back and carries the ball 63 times for 511 yards in his first two games back including a 332-yard, four-touchdown effort vs. UCLA.

-- The holes that Williams had to run through were huge. Was that because Utah's offensive line is so good or UCLA's defensive line is so bad?

-- You have to tip your hat to UCLA QB Mike Fafaul. He went 40 of 70 for 464 yards with five touchdowns. He also had four picks which were huge. I don't remember a game where the UCLA coaches handed the reigns over to Josh Rosen like they did with Fafaul. 

-- The UCLA offensive line is not good at all. They get no push in the running game at all. 

-- Has UCLA just tuned out Jim Mora? He's a defensive'd think they could put forth a better effort.


California 52

Oregon 49

-- 28 penalties for 279 yards? Yikes. That was on national T.V. too.

-- Justin Herbert seems to be getting more and more comfortable at the controls of the offense. He needs to work on his completion percentage, but he threw six touchdowns and only one pick on Saturday. The better he gets the more deadly the Oregon offense will be.

-- So...either Royce Freeman is hurt or he's definitely worried about getting hurt. 15 carries for 10 yards? Come on.

-- 203 plays between both teams? Starting to see why someone like Nick Saban wants to do something about the number of snaps for the players. Each player played almost two full games on Friday night. Talk about the health of players? Look no further than these sped up offenses.

-- Both of these defenses aren't very good. Neither plays fast and their players were out of position a lot. Is it coaching or lack of talent? Your guess is as good as mine.


Colorado 10

Stanford 5

-- Congrats to the Buffaloes...bowl eligible for the first time in 10 years.

-- It wasn't pretty, but Colorado just keeps grinding and they outlasted Stanford on the road.

-- Stanford QB Ryan Burns was responsible for four turnovers -- three interceptions and a fumbled snap. The fumbled snap came inside the Colorado 10 and most likely cost Stanford the game.

-- Colorado LB Kenneth Olugbode is playing at a high level. He looks like and All-Conference player right now.


Washington State 37

Arizona State 32

-- Luke Falk was abused in this game, but kept coming back. For better or worse, he's one tough SOB. He was sacked seven times and hit at least another dozen times.

-- Koron Crump was a top JUCO player last year and he's continued his stellar play with the Sun Devils so far posting eight sacks, three vs. Washington State, and he's been getting better and better as the season has moved along.

-- It's getting bad for ASU on the QB front. Manny Wilkins goes down with a concussion and now freshman Dillon Sterling-Cole is the guy. He looked average at best on Saturday after Wilkins went down.

-- ASU's run defense is not very good, but they held the WSU runners to just 23 yards and with the sacks on Falk, they managed to hold the Cougars to minus-52 yards on the ground. Not pretty.

-- Is anyone surprised that Todd Graham lit into Mike Leach? I'm not. Whether you think they are stealing your signs or not, just shut up and play. Top Stories