Stanford (3-2, 2-1) stunned the college football world when it knocked off (then ranked) No. 3 Oregon (4-1, 1-1) at home on Saturday. The Pac-12 officials got in on the action, much to the disgust of college football twitter.
While I agree with the decision on Kavon Thibodeaux’s targeting call (you can’t lead with your head man), the roughing the passer call on Brandon Dorlus was bullshit and helped the Cardinals get into the red zone when they needed a touchdown to tie. It was a reminder of just how horrific the officiating across the conference is, and how little has been done to address it. Every time they whiff as bad, the collective fanbases scream out for reform and we’ve yet to truly get that from teh conference.
The penalties at the end of the game come off as glaring when you look at the stat sheet and realized that Oregon out gained Stanford and consistently ate up more yardage and clock. It’s not like the Ducks shot themselves in the foot repeatedly, they had one turnover and it was in the first quarter (when the Cardinal reeled off the first ten points of the game).
Oregon only dropped five spots to No. 8 in the AP poll; with both Clemson at two losses and the Buckeyes on shaky ground, the Duck still are in the playoff hunt but it’s not a lock. Especially since the Pac-12 is eating itself as it has been prone to do over the last eight years.
1) Arizona State Sun Devils
It honestly might be time to buy in on the Sun Devils. Herm Edwards squad averaged an insane 15.1 yards per pass while they also earned 5.4 yards per carry. This was a dominant performance that saw them out play a UCLA squad that had seemed to be on the rise (and finally had clawed its way back into the top 25). What was most impressive was how ASU’s defense absolutely shut down the Bruins offense in the second half after it had given up 23 points in the first.
2) Oregon Ducks
If you’d told me that the Ducks would be missing their starting center and offensive coordinator, yet still managed to averaged 7.2 yards per pass and 4.2 yards per carry…I’d have thought they’d ground out a tough victory on the road against an inconsistent Stanford offense. Instead, Oregon lost in overtime after it’s defense had surrendered a game tying touchdown late in the fourth. What a heartbreaker of a loss out on the farm.
3) Utah Utes
After a come from behind win in week four, the Utes got the week off. The Utes also moved up into second place in the south thanks to the Bruins loss to ASU.
4) UCLA Bruins
Chip Kelly’s offense was absolutely shut down in the second half as they had three of their five second half drives end on fourth down (which were after ASU had taken a two possession lead), another in result in a missed field goal, and the first one of after the intermission ended in a punt. It was a horrific display offensive display when UCLA needed it’s offense to keep pace with the Sun Devils explosive attack.
5) Stanford Cardinal
Despite averaging only 6.4 yards through the air, and 3.5 on the ground, David Shaw’s offense was still able to put up 24 points in regulation and score the game winning touchdown in overtime Stanford’s defense made crucial stops when it needed too as it took advantage of the reshuffled Oregon offensive line. This was a big win for the Cardinal that keep them in the hunt for the division title in what was expected to be a down year.
6) Oregon State Beavers
Oregon State did everything it possibly could to hand this game to the UW on Saturday. The fourth quarter saw the Beavers hold on in the fourth quarter despite being out scored. In the end, the defense held on a crucial fourth down and the offense ground up a nine play, 40-yard drive to kick a game winning field goal at the buzzer to place OSU at the top of the Pac-12 North.
7) USC Trojans
Honestly, the Trojans are going to give us whiplash going from game to game like they are. USC got it’s ass kicked by Stanford and Oregon State, but whipped Washington State and Colorado. Is Southern California better than it’s 3-2 record? Honestly we don’t know, the on field performance is in consistent from week-to-week and the coaching is still an absolute mess.
8) Washington Huskies
Washington almost came back on the road against the Beavers. But the comeback bid came up just short. The offense had moments of effectiveness, this included a 14 point fourth quarter that got Washington to tie the game; but the defense couldn’t stop Oregon State on the ground which meant that Jonathan Smith’s squad never was in passing situations. This loss is going to sting on Montlake for a while.
9) Colorado Buffaloes
The five spot drop Colorado took in our power rankings is probably the most in their history. We were waiting to see what would happen when they faced a not very good USC squad and the results were downright ugly. If things continue in this manor, the Buffs could be looking for another head coach.
10) Washington State Cougars
Washington State’s offense was inconsistent, but at least it had Max Borghi and Jayden de Laura back on Saturday. The Cougs scored 14-points in the first half and that really turned out to be all they needed; but the insurance touchdown in the middle of the third quarter sure was nice. As WSU sits at 2-3 (1-2), the situation with its unvaccinated head coach comes to a head this week.
11) California Golden Bears
For the first time since 1997, the Golden Bears were held to a single touchdown at home in their first lost to Washington State at Memorial Stadium since 2013. It’s been a while since the annual Cal bullshit primarily hurt the Golden Bears…and it was nice to see. That offense isn’t very good though, and it will be interesting to see which direction Justin Wilcox and his staff go to try and salvage the season.
12) Arizona Wildcats
A bye week means the Wildcats losing streak was temporarily stopped at 16 games.