After four interesting weeks in college football, we are starting to get a grasp on what is actually happening in the Pac-12. Only time will tell however if some of these teams are as legit as they seem or if they were just off to a hot September start.
The Pac-12 has four undefeated teams with two from each division. The Washington teams hold the torch for the North while USC and Utah stand unbeaten in the South.
#23 Utah (4-0) @ Arizona (2-2) - 30-24
Arizona quarterback Brandon Dawkins brought his team to within 6 late in the fourth quarter and just when it seemed Arizona might just have a chance to win this game, it all was fumbled away. With 2:44 left on the clock, Dawkins found Tony Ellison for a 30 yard touchdown to cut the Utah lead to 6. The Wildcats recovered the ensuing onside kick and on the very next play Dawkins took off and ran 15 yards before fumbling the ball, his fourth turnover of the night. Utah quarterback Troy Williams entered the game in the second quarter after starting quarterback Tyler Huntley went down with a shoulder injury. Before leaving the game, Huntley was 8 of 9 for 98 yards and a touchdown.
Whats next: Both Arizona and Utah get the week off.
#5 USC (4-0) @ California (3-1) - 30-20
Entering the fourth quarter tied at 13 with California was not how #5 USC saw this game playing out. After the tie was broken with a field goal by the Tojans, Bears quarterback Ross Bowers fumbled on the ensuing drive and the Trojans found the endzone two plays later. Bowers then threw one of his 4 interceptions on the night a few plays later and the Trojans were back in the endzone on the next drive to take a 30-13 lead. Sam Darnold had a good night going 26 of 38 for 223 yards and two touchdowns, but struggled a bit when he was forced out of the pocket. Things were not good for Bowers as he completed 22 of his 50 pass attempts and had an additional 3 fumbles to his 4 interceptions.
Whats next: The Trojans head to Pullman for a matchup of top 16 teams. California heads to Eugene to take on the Ducks.
#7 Washington (4-0) @ Colorado (3-1) - 37-10
Washington started out slow in this rematch of the 2016 Pac-12 Championship game. Colorado started the game off with a rushing touchdown and intercepted Jake Browning’s pass on their first possession. Even with the first half miscues, the Huskies led by 3 at half but Jake Browning figured things out quickly as he found Quinten Pounds for a 43-yard touchdown to start the second half scoring. The Huskies defense stepped up then as well and took a Steven Montez pass 35 yards the other way to give the Huskies a 24-10 lead in the third quarter.
Whats next: The Huskies will head to Oregon to take on the Beavers while the Buffaloes will head to California to take on UCLA.
#24 Oregon (3-1) @ Arizona State (2-2) - 35-37
Arizona State started off strong and carried that into the second half as they led 31-14 halfway through the third quarter. That was until Oregon decided they wanted to have some fun as well. The Ducks would then go on a 21-3 run that gave them the lead with 6 minutes remaining in the game. Things were even until the Sun Devils marched down the field and kicked a 41-yard field goal with just 2:33 remaining in the game to take a 2-point lead that would turn into a win.
Whats next: The Ducks host a California team that is coming off an interesting performance against the Trojans while Arizona State heads to Palo Alto to take on Stanford.
UCLA (2-2) @ Stanford (2-2) - 34-58
Trailing 13-6 with under 4 minutes remaining in the half, something clicked for Stanford as the Cardinal went on a 31-7 run to take a 37-20 lead with two minutes left in the third quarter. UCLA tried to keep it a game but was unable to bring the score to within 10. Cardinal running back Bryce Love had the best game of his career on the ground with 263 yards rushing on 30 carries. The junior running back has ran for over 100 yards four times this season. Before this, he had only eclipsed 100 rushing yards three times in his career. UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen continues to torch defenses as he completed 40 of his 60 passes for 480 yards and three touchdowns.
Whats next: Both Stanford and UCLA will be at home next weekend with the Bruins hosting Colorado and the Cardinal hosting Arizona State.