After two weeks of action, the PAC-12 has yet to disappoint, and this week’s slate of games should be no different.With five ranked teams, the PAC-12 is arguably the deepest conference at this point, and as we draw closer to conference games, the play only gets better. The newest team to be ranked this week is UCLA, who has been led by star quarterback Josh Rosen. Through two games, he has thrown for 820 yards, 9 TDs and 0 interceptions, and has the Bruins looking like a darkhorse playoff team. This week, they’ll be taking on Memphis, the third straight defense that doesn’t offer high-end talent. This isn’t a knock against UCLA, just something to keep in mind as the opponents start improving in the next couple of weeks.
Ranked just above UCLA is Washington State, who will be playing in the only conference game this week, as they take on Oregon State. The Beavers shouldn’t make this much of a game for Washington State, but it will be interesting to see how Luke Falk. Falk has been less than stellar and has been benched twice already. Over the summer he was talked about as a top QB prospect, and while the arm talent is there, the accuracy and grasp of offense are not. If he can’t turn around his play soon, Washington State could fall out of the Top-25 before we know it
Another of the PAC-12’s star quarterbacks, Sam Darnold, and USC will be taking on Texas this week fresh off a victory over Stanford. The Trojans beat Stanford 42-24, and their offense looked near unstoppable. This was a big win for them after a slow Week 1, but a major problem is already brewing. Darnold now has back-to-back multi-interception games and has not shown the poise he was praised for. If he doesn’t start to improve USC could fall out of the top-5 and this could become Ronald Jones’ offense.
The last game to really look at this week Wyoming vs. Oregon. Taggart’s Ducks have gotten off to a 2-0 start and looked good doing so. The defense has performed extremely well against the pass early in the season but have a tough task ahead of them this week. They take on Josh Allen, who is one of the top QBs in the country. If the Ducks can contain him and keep him in the pocket all game then this should be a fairly easy win. While Wyoming’s defense has looked good, they haven’t faced the type of talent the Ducks have on offense, and with Royce Freeman playing like a Heisman candidate and Justin Herbert improving Oregon, should continue its undefeated start Willie Taggart.