Make no bones about it the Conference of Champions does offense better than everyone anyone else in the country. While this happens it tends to overshadow the defenses which other conferences may tout but the Pac-12 has teams that can play defense also.
Take away Oregon-Southern Cal and teams that lost on Friday/Saturday scored 13, 0, 6, 10 and 26 points. In those same games teams that won scored 21, 48, 49, 66, 36. Final offensive and defensive numbers on average in those games are this, 11 points for the losing team and 44 on the winning side.
Friday, November 2
Washington Huskies (5-4, 3-3) 21 @ California Golden Bears (3-7, 2-5) 13 – Washington likely sealed the fate of Jeff Tedford’s long tenure at Cal. The Golden Bears outgained the Huskies 450-409 in the game but both teams had four turnovers apiece. UDub also snapped a long conference road losing streak in the process.
Saturday, November 3
14 Stanford Cardinal (7-2, 5-1) 48 @ Colorado Buffaloes (1-8, 1-5) 0 – How bad was this win for Stanford? The AP dropped them for it given the opponent which is a shame since the Cardinal showed restraint in not making it more. November 15, 1986 against Oklahoma the Buffs lost 28-0 why do I bring this up? That’s the last time that Colorado was shutout at home and even worse the home team had 76 of total offense. Also to note Kevin Hogan looks to be the Stanford QB going forward.
Washington State Cougars (2-7, 0-6) 6 @ Utah Utes (4-5, 2-4) 49 – Mike Leach’s team will have a losing season in year one. Utah won their second straight home game by crushing a Pac-North opponent. Stat of the Game: Wazzu was 2-of-15 on third down with -4 yards rushing in the game.
4 Oregon Ducks (9-0, 6-0) 62 @ 17 Southern California Trojans (6-3, 4-3) 51 – Offense, offense, offense in this nationally televised contest was the story. In addition Kenjon Barner rushed 38 tims for 321 yards with FIVE TD’s. Say what you will about the big offensive numbers but Oregon got turnovers and a couple stops when needed against the best offense they (and other teams) will see.
22 Arizona Wildcats (5-4, 2-4) 10 @ UCLA Bruins (7-2, 4-2) 66 – It was 42-3 at the half as UCLA celebrated homecoming against Arizona. The Bruins offense became the latest team to ravage the Wildcats defense, putting up 611 yards. Jonathan Franklin ran for 162 yard on 24 carries with two scores, Brett Hundley was 23-of-38 for 288 yards throwing for three scores.
Arizona State Wildcats (5-4, 3-3) 26 @ Oregon State Beavers (7-1, 5-1) 36 – Arizona State led 16-10 after the first quarter before Oregon State’s D settled in. Both teams were a combined 7-of-32 on third down (ASU 4-17/OSU 3-15) which is strange given the points scored. Cody Vaz had another impressive performance to remain unbeaten as the teams starter with 267 yards plus three TD passes. Terron Ward stepped in stepping in as a replacement at running back for the Beavers had 146 yards with a score.
* = Rankings reflect BCS