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Around The Pac 12 - Week 10

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

Washington State 69

Arizona 7

-- Talk about a coach possibly losing the locker Rich Rodriguez even going to have a job next year? Hard to see it. 

-- Washington State's Luke Falk had a record-setting day, hitting on a program record 91.4% of his passes (32 of 35) for 311 yards and four scores in just three quarters. 

-- The 69 points are the most WSU has ever scored against a Pac 8/10/12 opponent.

-- Arizona's defense is so awful, WSU's offense was like a hot knife through butter.


Colorado 20


-- This was just a brutal game to watch. 25 penalties for 224 yards? Wow. Just pathetic.

-- UCLA's offense is just terrible right now. It appeared as if they were going to be okay with the loss of Josh Rosen, especially when they put up big yardage numbers on Utah, but they can't run and their passing game is anemic at best.

-- Jim Mora's laughable question of what it means to "lose a locker room" should be revisited. Sounds like he already has lost it. Look no further than the Bruins taking their frustrations out on the locker room following the game.

-- I have never seen a player (Sefo Liufau) turn and signal to the referee that a UCLA defender had grabbed his face mask in the middle of a play and then turn and make the throw for a first down. Weird and wacky play there for the Buffaloes.

-- At the beginning of the season, I would have pegged UCLA for Colorado's record (7-2, 5-1) and Colorado to have UCLA's record (3-6, 1-5). 


Stanford 26

Oregon State 15

-- For the first time this season, Stanford's Christian McCaffrey looked like the guy we got used to watching as a freshman and a sophomore. Is he back healthy or is the rest of the offense opening up the holes he's used to? Hard to say at this point, but he looks much more dangerous than he's been all season.

-- You have to wonder what the issue is with Keller Chryst? When he came out of high school, he was considered a sure-fire, big-time performer, but he hasn't developed at all. He finished the day 10 of 17 for 60 yards. Even if you aren't going to throw the ball much, you need to average much better than six yards a completion and 3.5 yards per attempt...especially with their running game going so well.

-- While his passing leaves a lot to be desired, Chryst's ability to run the ball could eventually make him the guy to get it done for Stanford.

-- Nice to see a local kid, former Federal Way LB Andrzej Hughes-Murray, having success. He recovered a fumble and also had nine tackles and a tackle-for-loss in the losing effort. Hughes-Murray is going to be a very good player for OSU...count on it.


USC 45

Oregon 20

-- Just when it looked like Oregon was getting picking themselves up off the mat, they lay a huge egg down in Los Angeles with just 288 yards of offense -- 203 passing and 85 rushing. 

-- Royce Freeman looks like a shell of the tailback we've seen the past couple of years. He's hesitant, doesn't hit the hole hard and he looks slow. Is it inujuries? Is he "playing it safe" for the NFL? If it's the former, it's understandable, if it's the latter, he'd better re-think things because the NFL isn't going to be too impressed with a guy who doesn't give maximum effort.

-- It will be intersting to see what USC does with Justin Davis supposedly getting back to health. Ronald Jones has been tearing it up the past couple of weeks and the Trojans have seemed to find a bit of a rhythm on offense now with Sam Darnold firmly entrenched as the starter at QB.

-- This is the first losing record withing the conference for Oregon since 2006 and they are on the on the cusp of not being bowl eligible for the first time since 2004. Top Stories