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Pac-12 Football: Week 3 Review

Another strong week for the Pac-12.

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No Scooby, no problem.

The Wildcats finished their non-conference slate with three wins. In the absence of defensive anchor Scooby Wright III, Arizona's offense averaged 263.7 passing yards per game and 321 rushing yards per game. In fact, they broke the program record for points (77), total yards (792), rushing yards (499) and touchdowns (11) in their 77-13 win over Northern Arizona. Next week's matchup with UCLA will be the team's first real test of the year.

Arizona State

Still searching for answers.

The Sun Devils once again looked sluggish against inferior competition before warming up and pulling away from New Mexico. The highly-anticipated matchup with USC at home will provide an opportunity for ASU to get back on track, and with the Trojans reeling off of a loss to Stanford, the Sun Devils look to take advantage to vanquish a ranked USC team for the second year in a row.


Rather a lucky win than an earned loss, right?

The Golden Bears were saved by a missed extra-point attempt in their close shave over Texas. The defense folded in the second half of what seemed like a sure win throughout, and in order to truly be competitive in the conference, they'll need to shore up the defensive unit.


Rocky Mountain High.

With a 27-24 overtime win over rival Colorado State, the Buffaloes sit at 2-1 with conference play about to commence. Can these underdogs carry momentum into the meat of the season?


Next man up.

Jeff Lockie did well filling in for Vernon Adams Jr. under center for the Ducks in their win over Georgia State. Adams had limited time to get familiar with the Ducks' system, and it was apparent in the couple of starts he's made so far. If his injury continues to nag him, will it be Lockie who Oregon turns to in hopes of winning the North?

Oregon State

Run, run, run.

The Beavers have a relatively young team featuring a true freshman starting at quarterback. With that said, the team does have the ability to pound the rock and do it effectively, as demonstrated by their 303-yard rushing performance in their win over San José State. Storm Barrs-Woods and Seth Collins form a very intriguing dual-threat backfield, and the Beavers should do everything possible to utilize their big-play ability in Pac-12 play.


The sky is not falling.

What a win over USC for the Cardinal. After such a disappointing loss to Northwestern to start the year, an outstanding win over the preseason favorites has Stanford right back in the thick of things. If they can keep this up, they'll be well on their way to possibly forcing their name back into the national conversation.


One point is all you need.

The Bruins managed to pull out a win over the BYU Cougars thanks to a game-saving defensive play by their defensive star, Myles Jack. Josh Rosen didn't look too great through the first couple of quarters, but if UCLA's offense is able to make good of limited possessions (only had possession for 19 minutes) and their defense remains just as stout (BYU had possession for nearly 40 minutes and only scored 23 points), the Bruins will have a shot to win the conference.


Hype is just hype, after all.

The Trojans were expected to be contenders for the College Football Playoff this season, and still might be able to reclaim such expectations should they win out the rest of the year, considering this is only one loss. Regardless, it's now definitely time to pump the brakes on penciling them in as the conference champions this year, and if they're not careful, they leave themselves vulnerable to falling to an opportunistic Sun Devils team in Tempe.


Something to prove.

The Utes once again won in dominant fashion this weekend. Devontae Booker scored twice and racked up 156 rushing yards on the Fresno State Bulldogs, and Utah's defense and special teams each scored during the game in the absence of quarterback Travis Wilson. The real test is finally here, but Utah is certainly no 'cupcake' like they were called earlier in the season.


Jake the Great.

The Huskies have put the ball in their true freshman quarterback's hands in each of their first three games this season, and he's proven early on that he's willing to take on the task. A three-touchdown, 368-yard showing in Washington's win over Utah State has the Huskies at 2-1 entering conference play. He's only improved with each game, and now he'll have the chance to display how talented he is against quality opponents.

Washington State

Beat them with what you do well.

The aerial attack has been the Cougars 'cup of tea' for quite a while, and when you're able to do it as effectively as they are (Luke Falk finished 37-of-45, 303 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT), it makes it easy to pick apart secondaries that aren't up to par. Wazzou is out to prove they aren't bottom feeders in what is a talented conference, but up for debate whether they aren't. They'll look to solidify themselves as potential contenders moving forward.