UPSET OF THE WEEK: No. 25 UCLA VS MEMPHIS
Now you could make the argument for San Diego State upsetting Stanford, but San Diego State is a better team than a lot of people think and now currently ranked No. 22 in the USA Today Poll.
The Memphis Tigers upset the UCLA Bruins on Saturday afternoon largely because Memphis senior quarterback Riley Ferguson played the game of his life thanks to his offensive line which gave his all the time in the world and was only sacked twice. Ferguson played sloppy in Memphis’s previous game against Louisiana Monroe after he only completed 40 percent of his passes for 97 yards and threw one interception with no touchdowns. Ferguson tied his career high with six passing touchdowns along with 398 passing yards and from start to finish the Bruins defense had no answers as to how to stop him.
This game was highlighted by the quarterback play, but the offensive linemen on both teams deserved the highlight reel because of how well their quarterbacks played. Josh Rosen’s offensive linemen gifted him with plenty of time in the pocket, as Rosen threw for 463 yards and five touchdowns. Rosen played an outstanding game, but the two interceptions Rosen threw were both terrible decisions. He broke a cardinal rule for quarterbacks and that is to never throw across your body which he did on both interceptions. However, Rosen had his way with the Memphis defense for most of the game, but he didn’t have a fourth quarter comeback in him this time as former ASU offensive coordinator Mike Norvell and his team were able to upset UCLA, 48-45.
GAME OF THE WEEK: No. 4 USC VS TEXAS
In their first matchup since the 2006 National Championship, the USC Trojans played the Texas Longhorns on Saturday night. This game was a double overtime thriller which easily made it an instant classic and was a lot closer than most people though it would be. This was a defense-dominated game until late in the fourth quarter. Texas’s defense shocked a lot of people Saturday night by stopping USC on the goal line and on fourth and inches. Not to mention Texas intercepted Sam Darnold twice including a pick six. USC kicker Chase McGrath tied the game on a 31-yard field goal as time expired to send it to overtime. USC didn’t take long to put points on the board as they scored on the first play of overtime on a 25-yard pass from Sam Darnold to Deontay Burnett. Texas fired back with a touchdown to send it to a second overtime. Texas then fumbled the ball and USC would go on to kick the game winning field goal. USC got its revenge over Texas and was one of the most entertaining games of the weekend which is why it’s our Game of the Week.
Ranked Pac-12 Teams
No. 5 USC - USC moved back one spot in the rankings from last week after barely escaping Texas in double overtime.
No. 7 Washington - Washington moved down one spot from last week after being passed up by No. 6 Oklahoma State who moved up three spots. Dante Pettis broke Desean Jackson’s Pac-12 record for the most punts returned for touchdown on Saturday in Washington’s 48-16 win over Fresno State.
No. 18 Washington State – The Cougars moved up three spots after their beat down on Oregon State Saturday. Luke Falk looked like his old self as he threw six touchdowns in the Cougars’ win over the Oregon State Beavers.
No. 23 Utah – Utah is another team making their first appearance in the Top-25 rankings this season. The Utes are 3-0 after their blowout win over San Jose State. Utah sophomore quarterback Tyler Huntley had a career game as he threw four touchdowns Saturday.
No. 24 Oregon – Oregon is back in the rankings after its 49-13 win over Wyoming. Oregon senior running back Royce Freeman ran through Wyoming’s defense the whole game and scampered for 157 yards, his third game over 150 yards, and added three more touchdowns to his season total of nine.