Scott Olmos-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire
The Oregon Ducks, Stanford Cardinal, and California Golden Bears were the most impressive performers this weekend. Oregon flattened Washington, Stanford came back to beat Arizona, and Cal shocked UCLA.
Which team impressed you the most last week?
Avinash Kunnath, Pacific Takes & California Golden Blogs (Cal): Oregon. After weeks of flat starts to game, the Ducks didn't mess around in this one, and they flattened the Huskies. This game was over halfway through the second quarter. At this point, the bigger question with Oregon is whether the second unit offense comes out in the third quarter or the fourth. The Ducks defense doesn't show any signs of relenting, and seems to always come up with one big play.
AndyPanda, Building The Dam (Oregon State): Oregon was spectacular, but I expected that. It's a tie for me between Stanford, who I didn't think could score that much, and Cal, who I didn't expect ANYTHING out of.
Kevin Zimmerman, Arizona Desert Swarm (Arizona): I've got to go with Oregon. While the rest of the league continues to beat one another up, the Ducks looked dominant against a Washington team that is no slouch. The Ducks continued to blast teams coming off confidence-building wins, and the most surprising part of Oregon's run has got to be the defense that hasn't missed a beat after leader John Boyett was lost for the year.
Gekko Mojo, UW Dawg Pound (Washington): Stanford. Coming off a stunning defeat to, apparently, the most overrated team in the conference, many people in this forum were rousing about how Nunes was the worst QB in the conference and how the Cardinal simply lacked the offensive tools to be competitive, much less a highly ranked team. David Shaw and co. ignored all the rabble en route to a stunning come-from-behind OT win versus an Arizona team that featured Matt Scott and his record setting day in pass attempts and completions. Nunes went from goat to hero in accounting for five total TDs and over 350 yards passing on a day where it had to be the Stanford O, not their D, that carried the day.
thecassino, UW Dawg Pound (Washington): Stanford. I didn't really think they had it in them to win a shootout, mostly because I didn't think there was any chance that Josh Nunes could stay out of his own way enough to give the other players an opportunity. If you had told me beforehand that Arizona would score 48 I'd have given the Tree no chance at all.
norcalnick, California Golden Blogs: In terms of pure team quality the answer was and will almost certainly continue to be Oregon. They are so clearly the class of the conference that it almost doesn't need to be stated.
But relative to expectations, Cal's showing against UCLA was the most impressive performance of the week.
Trevor Wong, Conquest Chronicles (USC): Cal. Aside from this first throw, Zach Maynard looked like a Heisman Trophy candidate and the Golden Bears' defense made life difficult for UCLA's offense by forcing six turnovers.
Justin Karp, Pacific Takes & Bold Saguaros (ASU): It has to be Oregon, does it not? California showed me something by getting off the mat and pasting a decent UCLA team at home, but after scuffling early in two straight games against lesser opponents than Washington, Oregon looked like Honey Boo Boo after drinking 18 bottles of that Mountain Dew/Methamphetamine poison drink she guzzles. They're simply a machine at this point.
Ben Knibbe, UW Dawg Pound: Oregon. They faced the first real test of their season and passed with flying feathers, er colors. They dominated Washington and used their ridiculous pace to force mistakes defensively all night, and showed that they have the best defense of the Kelly era by holding Washington to seven points before the second string came in.
David Piper, Addicted to Quack (Oregon): Stanford. Sure, the defense was terrible, but they finally did something to suggest that they have an offense, and the Josh Nunes isn't pushing Zac Maynard as the worst quarterback in the Pac-12. I mean, did you have Stanford winning a shootout at any point this season? Oregon was really good, but the standard for Oregon to impress me at this point is ridiculously high. And while Cal's performance was surprising, Cal is woefully inconsistent and is good for one of those a season. They have to be consistent before I'll take anything they do seriously.
Jack Follman, Pacific Takes: The easy answer is Oregon, but I honestly expected them to handle Washington easily, so I wasn't any more impressed with them than I already was. I would say Cal, because they blew out a team that I think most think is on their level, or even a little bit better than them at the moment. Also, everyone buried them and it would have been so easy for them to just concede the season and they did just the opposite of that, picking themselves up off the ground and giving themselves a chance to save the season and possibly their coach's job.
Scott Allen, Rule of Tree (Stanford): Cal. Um, where the heck did that come from? Count me among those who had already written off the Bears this season. Zach Maynard played the game of his life against UCLA and C.J. Anderson outplayed Johnathan Franklin. That might've been the most surprising result of the season in Pac-12 play for me.
, Pacific Takes & Pac Hoops: It’s hard to say that arguably the best team in the country was the most impressive but the Ducks sure got after it Saturday night. Handling a jacked up opponent early is vital and that’s exactly what Oregon did, opening with a 21-point haymaker.
But truthfully, I was most impressed with Cal. The week coaching change rumors were bubbling, Tedford regrouped his squad and the Bears played their best game of the season. I appreciate that kind of leadership – looking at you too, Mr. Maynard.
Josh Schilchter, Fish Duck (Oregon) & Pacific Takes: Definitely Oregon. After falling into first half ruts, Oregon finally took a huge step away from the rest of the conference. Without a doubt, the Ducks are the best team in the conference, and proved it with their "complete" demolition of the Huskies.