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Around The Pac 12 - Week 13

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

Colorado 27

Utah 22

-- Why, Troy Williams, are you throwing a ball out of bounds on a two-point conversion? Sure, Utah didn't end up recovering the onside kick, but he didn't do them any favors with that decision.

-- Sefo Liufau is so tough to defend right now. He's one of the toughest guys you will see at the QB position and he can get it done with his arm and his legs. 

-- For as good Joe Williams has been over the last six weeks running the ball, he's reverted to form with his turnovers, fumbling the ball three times in the past two games and it cost his team scores and likely the games they lost to Oregon and Colorado.

-- The play by DB Chidobe Awuzie to track down Utah KR Kyle Fulks after a 93-yard return was impressive on its own merits, but it was even more important as it kept Utah from scoring a touchdown and after going backwards two yards, the Utes had to settle for a field goal. HUGE!

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Arizona 56

Arizona State 35

-- It's pretty obvious the ASU players and coaches just mailed it in vs. Arizona. Three Wildcats rushed for over 100 yards and they finished with 512 yards and seven scores on the ground. To give you a feel for how well they were running the ball, head coach Rich Rodriguez called just eight pass plays on the night and they didn't throw a pass in the second half.

-- I realize that ASU dealt with a lot of injuries this season, but seriously, how can Todd Graham survive this season? His team looked terrible, unprepared and lethargic. At the very least, he has to be on the hot seat.

-- It will be interesting to watch and see if Arizona's Brandon Dawkins can learn how to throw the ball better. He reminds me a lot of Marcus Mariota when he takes off running, but he's woeful as a passer. If he improves, watch out...you could have a Heisman candidate on your hands.

-- More retooling lies ahead for Rodriguez. He made a bunch of coaching changes following the 2015 season...he might need to do it again this offseason as well.

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USC 45

Notre Dame 27

-- Remind me a gain why this game is the last game of the season for both teams? Please make UCLA/USC the last game of the season for these two programs. It's just the right thing to do.

-- Sam Darnold is just efficient as a passer. He doesn't do much right now from an explosive standpoint, but he distributes the ball well and, for the most part, he makes some very good decisions.

-- Hey Notre Dame...Adoree Jackson is pretty good. Stop kicking to him. Jackson had 291 all-purpose yards and three scores -- one on a punt return, one on a kick return and one on a dump off pass from Darnold. He is scary good. Can't wait to see him in the pros to see how they decide to use him.

-- It's hard to believe, but USC's season-ending eight-game winning streak is their longest since 2008.

-- This game is turning into a joke right now. Notre Dame has lost 11 of the last 15 meetings with the Trojans.

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Oregon State 34

Oregon 24

-- Following their stunning win over Utah, it looked like the Ducks were poised to continue their eight-game winning streak over their rivals, Oregon State, but their defense continued to be their achilles heel as they allowed 310 yards on the ground including 155 yards and four touchdowns by Ryan Nall and 81 yards on 11 carries by QB Marcus McMaryion.

-- Nall is only a sophomore right now and he's going to be a really tough player to handle as a junior if he stays healthy. It's hard to believe when you consider some of the great RBs who have played in Corvallis, but Nall's four touchdowns tied a program record.

-- Gary Andersen has done a good job of keeping his guys focused and playing hard despite some injuries. If they get their QB situation figured out, they could possibly be a bowl team next season.

-- Is this Mark Helfrich's swan song? Sure seems like he's on the chopping block as we head into the week. He's supposed to meet with Rob Mullens, Oregon's AD, on Wednesday. Most think he's gone, but we'll have to just wait and see.

-- Oregon had typically been a pretty strong team on the road over the last decade, but they were just 1-5 this year and at home they were just 3-3.

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California 36

UCLA 10

-- This game was brutal to watch. Actually, almost every UCLA game was brutal to watch this season. Part of it was due to not having Josh Rosen, so I get it, but with all of that talent, they couldn't run the ball to save their lives. That absolutely has to change.

-- UCLA fired their offensive coordinator, Kennedy Polamalu, the day after their season ended and for most of the Bruin faithful it was good riddance. 

-- Does this mean that Marques Tuiasosopo is also gone?

-- UCLA just continues to live up to its reputation as the place talented players go to become soft.

-- Cal finished the season 5-7. Could they get a bid to a bowl game? There's a decent chance as hard as that might be to believe.

-- This was Sonny Dykes' first win over a California Pac 12 team since he arrived in Berkeley. He's now 1-11 vs. USC, UCLA and Stanford.

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Stanford 41

Rice 17

-- Like the USC/UCLA game...why is Stanford playing Rice on the last week of the season. It's a complete travesty that they don't play Cal on Thanksgiving week.

-- Didn't watch the game and don't care what happened. 


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