Sunday, October 17, 2010

What We Learned - Week Seven in Pac-10 Football

Here's what we learned this week in Pac-10 football...

Washington (3-3 overall, 2-1 in league play) beat Oregon State (3-3, 2-1) in double overtime in Seattle. We learned that the Huskies ain't dead yet. Certainly, they got lucky that OSU went for and failed to get two points on a TD conversion attempt in a bid to win the game in the second overtime when the Beavers could have simply tied it up again with a regular P.A.T. kick. And we learned that sure, the Dawgs have issues on both lines and with consistency, but hey...they beat an above average Pac-10 team in the Beavers. Bowl hopes still alive. We learned that the Beavers may be overrated a bit. Not that they are a bad team or won't be white hot ready for the Duck come the Civil War, but for now they seem not quite as complete as they looked at Arizona on week ago.

Arizona (5-1, 2-1) beat WSU (1-6, 0-4) by the score of 24-7 in Pullman. Well, we learned the same thing this week about the Cougs that we learned last week when they played Oregon...that they have heart, play hard and are improving. And, they have a pretty good QB. None the less, we also learned they are still very beatable. And that's just what Arizona did  - even with their starting QB out of action with a knee injury. We learned that Arizona is still a top four Pac-10 team, and should not be taken lightly by anyone.

USC (5-2, 2-2) beat Cal (3-3, 1-2) in L.A. Well, I think we learned that Cal isn't going to be a contender to the Pac-10 title this year. I mean, they got DESTROYED by a middling USC in this one. We also learned that USC has the firepower - especially in L.A. - to beat good teams. Oregon, did you pay attention?

UCLA (3-3, 1-2) did not play so we didn't learn anything about them...although the Texas team they beat on the road did hand the unbeaten and seemingly invincible Nebraska a loss this weekend.

Stanford (5-1, 2-1) and Arizona State (3-3, 1-2) did not play, so again we didn't learn anything about them.

Oregon (6-0, 3-0) did not play either, but we now have learned that they are the #1 team in the nation according to both the AP and coaches polls. Mysteriously, they are #2 in the BSC standing behind Oklahoma.

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