Due to my travel schedule back to the great state of Iowa to take in the battle for the Heartland Trophy, I am tailoring the weekly Stock Report for an abbreviated recap. Below we still have the Power Rankings, followed by three things I loved, two things I liked, and one thing I hated about the Pac-12 in week nine.
Three Things I Loved
1 – Stanford’s resolve and Oregon State’s fight. Both teams really impressed me in a hard fought game that resulted in a 20-12 Stanford win. The Cardinal showed that they are the best one-loss team in the nation. Meanwhile, the Beavers hung around despite having nothing go their way all day. It was fun to watch these two very solid teams going at it last week.
2 – Oregon finding a 100th way to win. This was something new with the slow start and late explosion. UCLA is pretty good, but no match for the Ducks. Finding a way to turn it on late could serve Oregon well against Stanford.
3 – Arizona and USC each improving to 2-2 in league play. Sure, both teams are still behind 3-1 Arizona State, but with the Bruin’s 0-2 record the last two weeks, these two have seized the opportunity to get back into the league race. The Trojans did so with a stellar defensive effort against Utah, while the Wildcats poured it on against a terrible Colorado squad.
Two Things I Liked
1 – Washington not laying down against banged up Cal. It would have been pretty easy for the Huskies to pack it in for 2013 after a nightmare losing streak. Instead, they circled the wagons and seem to finally have found some heart – something that has been lacking the last several seasons.
2 – Arizona State’s bye week. Honestly, is there a better week to have a bye than smack-dab in the middle of league play? Washington State was also off, setting up a game between two well rested teams this week.
One Thing I Hated
Could Colorado get any worse? First of all, the Buffs gave up over 400 rushing yards to Arizona, which is abysmal for any program. We could pin it on the team, but this is really about the athletic department. How clueless can Colorado be? The program’s facilities are lagging way behind anyone in the conference, making recruiting that much more difficult. Top talent doesn’t want subpar facilities. The on-field product is atrocious. Who wants to spend their free time watching bad football? No one. A total of 38,679 fans attended the game – Folsom Field seats 53,613. Fifteen thousand empty seats has to be a wake-up call for the administration.