PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Washington quarterback Keith Price. Passed for 324 yards and two touchdowns in rout over No. 19 Boise State
The Mountain West Conference did nothing this weekend to improve its reputation of being a notch below the Pac-12 in this region.
Colorado’s impressive 41-27 win over Colorado State Sunday afternoon capped a 5-0 weekend for the Pac-12 against the MWC.
Arizona gets its shot at a MWC team Saturday when it travels to face UNLV, which lost 51-23 at Minnesota on Thursday night. Stanford will also host San Jose State on Saturday.
The MWC was 3-9 in the first weekend. Eastern Illinois, of the FCS, dominated one of the conference’s top teams — San Diego State — in a 40-19 victory in San Diego on Saturday.
The most significant victory for the Pac-12 over the MWC was Washington’s 38-6 rout of No. 19 Boise State in Seattle on Saturday night. UCLA and quarterback Brett Hundley Jr. (274 yards passing and 63 rushing) also shined in a 58-20 win against visiting Nevada — perhaps still shell-shocked from its blown lead and defeat against the UA in the New Mexico Bowl.
Utah also defeated Utah State 30-26 and USC beat Hawaii 30-13 on the road Thursday.
Texas-San Antonio, Arizona’s next home opponent Sept. 14, beat the MWC’s New Mexico 21-13 in Albuquerque on Saturday. The Roadrunners are only in their third year of existence.
The only embarrassing outcome for the Pac-12 this weekend was Oregon State’s 49-46 loss at home against Eastern Washington, but the Eagles are a FCS power.
RANKING THE PAC-12
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