Around the Pac-12 Conference last week, crickets could be heard chirping at every venue expect Arizona State’s Sun Devil Stadium, where Coach Todd Graham and his team manhandled Lane Kiffin’s Trojans in a game not so surprising in its outcome, but rather the disparity of its final score.
In all other contests, the favored teams won—in some cases, convincingly so—as the race for the conference title heats up.
ASU 62, USC 41
Arizona State quarterback Taylor Kelly is making believers out of skeptics, posting a 350-yard performance against USC. Kelly was accompanied by a full arsenal of Sun Devil weapons, including running backs Marion Grice and D.J. Foster, receiver Jaelen Strong and tight end Chris Coyle.
ASU must now prepare for the tough task of defeating Notre Dame next Saturday in Arlington, Texas.
Oregon State whipped Colorado on the scoreboard, but the Buffaloes made things interesting in the first half of their contest. The Beavers have yet to repair the PR damage done by their week one loss to FCS opponent Eastern Washington.
Rich Rodriguez’s Arizona Wildcats fought hard against Washington, but in the end, their lack of talent (outside of star RB Ka’Deem Carey) was exposed against the Huskies. Coach Steve Sarkisian has put together a talented and disciplined bunch in Seattle that’s intent on making noise in the Pac-12 North Division.
Stanford 55, Washington State 17
Another week, another Stanford massacre. The Cardinal continued its relentless march to Pasadena with a complete dismantling of Mike Leach’s Washington State Cougars. They racked up 560 yards of total offense and once again made winning in the Pac-12 Conference look easy.
New California coach Sonny Dykes may have an innovative offense scheme, but it’ll take more than that to defeat a well-rounded powerhouse like Oregon. The Ducks showed why they are one of the most feared teams in the country. It does not appear that they have lost a beat with the departure of Chip Kelly to the NFL.