Arizona finally suffered its first loss, opening up the Pac-12 South. In Pac-12 North news, Oregon has returned to its old look.
For one week, the undefeated Wildcats were the toast of the Pac-12…but it came crashing down Saturday night from a spirited Trojans squad. Led by Buck Allen’s 205 yards and three touchdowns, the Trojans kept themselves in the Pac-12 South race, and threw another wrench into the College Football Playoff picture. USC hosts Colorado next week, while Arizona has a bye.
It was to be the ultimate clash of styles: the wicked slingers against ground-and-pound. And it was, sort of…just backwards. Kevin Hogan, who entered Friday's game as the less-feared thrower, put up 284 yards and three touchdowns to help the Cardinal bounce back from its tough loss at Notre Dame. Stanford travels to ASU next week, while Washington State gets a week to recoup.
Marcus Mariota was dribbling, Hroniss Grasu was catching and everything was falling into place for Oregon on Saturday as it netted an impressive road win at UCLA. Perhaps it was the perfect speech, or maybe the emergence of a stud running back, but whatever the case, Oregon was happy to see things return to the norm. The Ducks take on Washington next week, while the Bruins head to Cal.
Shaq Thompson did what Shaq Thompson does, and the Huskies put forth one of the most impressive defensive efforts of the conference season Saturday to take down a hot Bears squad that had put up 119 points the previous two weeks. Cyler Miles threw for 273 yards and three touchdowns for the Huskies, who are tied for first in the Pac-12 North. UW travels south to Eugene next week, while the Bears host a Bruins squad desperate for a win.