Blowout Saturday in the Pac-12 saw several conference powers post statement wins. USC also experienced a seismic shift when athletic director Pat Haden fired Lane Kiffin following the Trojans' loss at Arizona State.
Brutal wind conditions did not bother the Beavers' Sean Mannion, who tossed a school-record six touchdown passes in Oregon State's dominant win (hi, Brandin Cooks). Don't look now, but Mike Riley's squad has now ripped off four straight wins since its season-opening loss to Eastern Washington. The Beavers have a bye next, while Colorado hosts Oregon.
Hello, explosiveness. The Cardinal's one glaring deficiency from a year ago is seemingly gone. All of Stanford's touchdowns came from outside the red zone in a tour de force at CenturyLink Field. Barry Sanders looked like his dad and the defense returned two interceptions for touchdowns, too. Next up, David Shaw's club has its shot at revenge against Washington.
The Golden Bears turned the ball over on each of their first five possessions at Autzen Stadium, and Oregon is not a team that needs help. Cal quarterback Jared Goff, who led the nation in passing yards coming into the contest, completed only three passes for 11 yards before being removed in a torrential downpour. The undefeated Ducks move on to Colorado while Cal hosts Washington State next Saturday.
The Lane Kiffin era is over at USC. Hours after the Sun Devils gashed USC's previously sturdy defense to the tune of 612 yards, the Trojans fired their head coach. Troy enters its bye week, while ASU must immediately prepare for another marquee matchup after its high-octane performance as the Devils meet Notre Dame at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
Heavy wind and rain in Seattle forced Bishop Sankey to rush a school-record 40 times. His 161 yards pushed Washington to a solid win over Arizona and a 4-0 record for the first time since 2001. Now it gets really interesting as the Huskies visit Stanford Stadium next weekend in a matchup of unbeatens.