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Stanford 56, UCLA 35
Stanford made a statement with the whole country watching last week and it proved that it deserves to be in the playoff talks. Christian McCaffery was excellent as he ran for 243 yards with four touchdowns. He also had 122 yards on two kickoff returns with his longest being 96 yards. He showed that he should be in the mid-season Heisman talks. UCLA didn’t play great. Josh Rosen threw two interceptions but he also had three touchdowns. Stanford’s defense was just too much for the freshman quarterback.
Oregon 26, Washington 20
Oregon is still underperforming. The Ducks have too much talent on their offense to only score 26 points in a game. Vernon Adams impressed me. He showed that he has plenty of talent if he can stay healthy (he missed two games this season with a broken finger). Adams threw for 272 yards with two touchdowns. Both touchdowns passes were caught by Darren Carrington who just came back from a six-game suspension for a failed drug test. Royce Freeman (he wins the award for the best name in college football by far) ran for 138 yards. Washington was led by true freshman running back Myles Gaskin, who ran for 155 yards which included a 72-yard touchdown.
Washington State 52, Oregon State 31
Luke Falk for Washington State tied the school record for touchdown passes (six), all coming in the first half. Seth Collins was Oregon State’s entire offense. He threw for 176 yards with a touchdown and led the team in rushing yards with 124. Washington State is starting to get some confidence after upsetting Oregon and then beating up on Oregon State. Arizona shouldn’t overlook the Cougars Saturday, otherwise they will be the next team the Cougars upset.
Notre Dame 41, USC 31
After firing its head coach, USC went to South Bend to attempt to pull of an upset that could possibly turn their season around. While USC battled and even had the lead at a couple points, the Irish were too much. Cody Kessler played well, throwing for 365 yards with two touchdowns but his downfall was throwing two interceptions as well. C.J Prosise led the Irish offensively, running for 143 yards and two touchdowns. After being picked as a favorite to win the Pac-12 in many preseason polls, the Trojans haven’t played up to their potential. Utah comes to Hollywood this week and I think USC pulls off the upset. They’ve gained some confidence this past week and they’re starting to build an “us against the world” mentality.
Utah 34, ASU 18
Going into this game ASU was a trendy upset pick and boy did ASU disappoint. The Sun Devils’ offense only accounted for three points. They got seven points from a kick return for a touchdown, then after another big return, ASU went three and out and kicked a field goal. Lastly, in the most bizarre play of the night, Utah tried to throw a lateral from the end zone and threw it forward which drew a flag and the penalty resulted in a safety. So, yes, the score says that they scored 18 points, and yes, the game was close for a while but it wasn’t because of ASU playing well. It was just a result of Utah’s mistakes. Travis Wilson had a big game for the Utes, throwing for just under 300 yards and two touchdowns.
Arizona 38, Colorado 31
Arizona didn’t play well and Colorado played inspired football as they attempted to back up the guarantee that their head coach made in the week leading up to the game which was that they would beat Arizona. Anu Solomon didn’t play well and Jerrard Randall replaced him and gave Arizona the necessary spark to come back and win the game. While I was disappointed in the win, the fact that Arizona could play that poorly and still find a way to win is a comforting thought. With a hot Washington State team coming to Tucson, Arizona needs to step up its game and find a way to get healthy in this long, grueling 12-week schedule.
Nick Latta is an accomplished youth golfer from Tucson who follows high school sports and the University of Arizona closely. Currently on the golf team at The Master’s College in Santa Clarita, Calif.