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Pac-12 and the Next Best 3, Week 6: Results

Game of the Week [1]

#9 Oregon 43, California 15

The Ducks started slowly, largely thanks to inspired defensive play by California. In fact, the Golden Bears held a 15-14 lead at the half. But as usual Oregon made adjustments at the half and they steamrolled California from that point on. LaMichael James was a beast, rushing 30 times for 259 yards before leaving in the 4th quarter with a dislocated elbow. California quarterback Sean Maynard was wildly inaccurate, missing open receivers for the bulk of the game. Ducks quarterback Darron Thomas didn't have a great game, but he still managed to throw 3 touchdowns in the rout. Next up for Oregon: Arizona State. Next up for California: Southern California.

Game of the Week [2]

#22 Arizona State 35, Utah 14

Sun Devil quarterback Brock Osweiler had a good day, going 25 of 41 for 325 yards, with 3 TDs and no interceptions. Which is good, because the Sun Devil running game went missing. The Utes held them to a net 74 yards on the ground. Utah backup quarterback Jon Hays threw three interceptions. Add in two lost fumbles and it's easy to see why the Utes lost this one. With wins over Southern California and Utah, it would take a miracle for the Sun Devils to lose the South division title. Especially since they don't have to play Stanford or Washington. Next up for Arizona State: At Oregon. Next up for Utah: At Pittsburgh.

Oregon State 37, Arizona 27

As predicted, Arizona was completely one-dimensional. Wildcats quarterback Nick Foles was 31 of 45 for 378 yards, with 1 TD but 2 INTs. However they were completely stymied on the ground, managing to rush for only 53 yards. Arizona was hurt early when they lost star receiver Juron Criner to a knee injury. Once again, turnovers were the story as Arizona lost two fumbles to go with the interceptions. Props to Beaver coach Mike Riley. With about 5 minutes left in the game and Oregon State leading 30-27, Riley opted to go for it on 4th and 2, with the ball on the Arizona 2 yard line. Beaver quarterback Sean Mannion threw a strike, putting them 10 points and icing the game. Next up for Oregon State: Brigham Young. Next up for Arizona: Bye

#7 Stanford 48 , Colorado 7

Stanford dominated this game from the start, scoring early on a Colorado turnover and never looking back. Cardinal quarterback Andrew Luck (26-33, 374 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT) was sharp throughout, and sat out most of the 4th quarter. They also rushed for 158 yards. Stanford's rush defense was as stout as ever, holding Colorado to 66 yards on the ground. Stanford extends the nation's longest winning streak to 13 games. Next up for Stanford: At Washington State. Pullman. Next up for Colorado: At Washington.

UCLA 28, Washington State 25

A hard fought and entertaining game in the Rose Bowl. UCLA lost starting quarterback Richard Brehaut in the 2nd quarter to a broken left leg, and former starter Kevin Prince took over and had a respectable game, even though UCLA didn't pass very much. Combined the two quarterbacks completed 12 of 20 passes for a total of 202 yards, with 2 TDs and 1 INT. Cougar quarterback Marshall Lobbestael was well under his season passing averages, completing 28 of 40 passes for 235 yards, with 2 TDs and 1 INT. With the win UCLA (3-3, 2-1) re-enters the South division race, with an outside chance at the title.

The Next Best 3

#3 Oklahoma 55, #11 Texas 17

As predicted, Oklahoma was too good for Texas. The Longhorns clearly aren't back from their 5-7 season last year, despite their lofty ranking. Oklahoma dominated in all phases of the game. Landry Jones was on fire, throwing for 367 yards and 3 TDs on 31 of 50 passing. Texas made a few too many mistakes to have any chance today. Heck, Oklahoma's defense scored three touchdowns. You almost got the feeling Sooners coach Bob Stoops was running up the score... I'd certainly say he made his point. It doesn't get any easier for Texas, as they face Oklahoma State next week. Oklahoma has Big XII doormat Kansas.

#1 Louisiana State 41, #17 Florida 11

Florida had no chance in this game. Their true freshman quarterbacks were overwhelmed, and against LSU's defense the running game was pretty well contained. In fact, Florida only managed 213 yards of offense for the entire game. LSU didn't exactly impress offensively either, but even then it wasn't close.

#12 Michigan 42, Northwestern 24

Live by the upset, die by the upset. Michigan played pretty poorly early on and gave Northwestern fans a bit of hope. Wolverine quarterback Denard Robinson threw for 338 yards on 17 of 26 passing, with 2 TDs but also 3 INTs. Shoelace also ran for 113 yards and two scores. It was just too difficult for Northwestern's defense to keep up with him. Northwestern quarterback Dan Persa (32-45, 334 yards, 0 TD, 1 INT) just couldn't keep them in it. Michigan's defense played a great game, especially against the run.

Orac's Record: 6-2 (14-2 season)


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