All six games played in Week 6 were decided by a touchdown or less. This league is not for the faint of heart.
Anu Solomon was efficient and precise while the defense was opportunistic as Arizona stunned Oregon 31-24 on Thursday night. Mark Helfrich’s first home loss left Arizona, who hosts USC next week, as the lone undefeated in the Pac-12. Oregon travels to UCLA next for a showdown in the Rose Bowl.
Stanford came up a touch short in South Bend despite another sterling effort from its defense. The offense struggled on a soggy day, netting just 205 yards as the Cardinal fell to the Fighting Irish. Stanford returns to conference play next week, hosting WSU in a true contrast of styles.
Connor Halliday threw for 734 yards – an NCAA record – while Cal’s Trevor Davis returned two kickoffs in the Bears' 60-59 win Saturday. Jared Goff passed for five touchdowns to help the Bears get off to their best start since 2008. Cal hosts Washington next, while WSU travels to Stanford.
Utah put Brent Hundley on his back 10 times – including one series in which all three plays were sacks – as the Utes shocked UCLA on the road Saturday night. An efficient Kendal Thompson led the Utes' offense, which did just enough to shake up the Pac-12 South. UCLA hosts Oregon next week while Utah enjoys a bye until meeting Oregon State Oct. 16.
Oregon State grabbed a big road win Saturday, holding off a game Colorado team. Colorado continues to show it is a different team than years past, despite the loss. Terron Ward rushed for over 100 yards, and the Beavers stayed in the ranks of one-loss Pac-12 teams. Oregon State sees Utah on Oct. 16, while the Buffs have USC later that week.
In a season of Hail Marys, Mike Bercovici’s may be the most impactful. Arizona State trailed USC by double digits late in the game Saturday, but thanks to Bercovici’s 510 yards and five touchdowns, the Sun Devils rallied for huge conference win. USC travels to Arizona next week with first place in the South division on the line, and ASU gets Stanford in two weeks.