The PAC-12 has 5 conference games this week and while it will be exciting, none of the ranked teams will be playing each other. The only out-of-conference game this week is for Washington State who will be taking on Nevada. This should be a fairly easy game for the Cougars, who are currently ranked 18th in the country. Quarterback Luke Falk found his stride last week and should really get a rhythm this week. Nevada has yet to win on the year, and following a loss to Idaho State last week, it’s tough to see them being able to upset Washington State.
Oregon will be taking on Arizona State this weekend as they look to improve to 4-0. The Sun Devils have no run defense and that will be their undoing. Royce Freeman should run wild and the Ducks defense will do more than enough to keep Arizona State from getting into a shootout with them.
Utah, now ranked 23rd, will be going against Arizona. Arizona has beaten up on weaker teams and had a close loss to Houston this year. While they have talent, I don’t see them giving Utah much of a game.
One of the more intriguing games this week is Washington vs Colorado. Both teams are 3-0 and have had impressive offenses early. Washington is the favorite and they have elite talent, such as QB Jake Browning, but sleeping on Colorado could mean trouble for this team. I think the biggest key for this game will be the secondary. Both teams lost their starting corners and one of their safeties to the draft last year, but inexperience hasn’t shown much on the back end. With both young secondaries playing in their first big game on Saturday, the first one to mess up will probably be the one to lose.
The ranked team in the most trouble this week is USC. If they underestimate Cal they will lose. Even if they don’t Cal can still beat them. The Golden Bears have started off 3-0 on the season and have shown they can play in and win close games. There’s one major factor that will keep Cal in this game and that’s turnovers. Cal’s defense has forced 3 turnovers in each game they’ve played so far, and on Saturday they’ll take on this year’s turnover king and everyone’s favorite overhyped QB prospect Sam Darnold. Darnold has thrown 2 picks in every game this year and it’ll be higher against Cal. I really like the upset this week.
The final conference game this week is UCLA vs Stanford. The Rosen One and his Bruins will come back after a tough loss and give David Shaws defense the hands way worse than USC did.