Thearon W. Henderson
The Oregon Ducks and the Washington Huskies are the most impressive Pac-12 teams this weekend.
Which team was the most impressive?
Avinash Kunnath, Pacific Takes & California Golden Blogs (Cal): Oregon. I watched them in person on Saturday, and they were as good as advertised. Cal took away their run and they obliterated the Bears through the air. Cal shut down Barner and De'Anthony, only to let Mariota having the game of his life. I don't see how any defense is capable of stopping that offense, which means you have to outscore them, which sounds a lot like scaling Everest in a tank top.
James Cella, Ute Football Central (Utah): Oregon. They are just a machine. So one gets hurt? BOOM, here's another guy with just a much talent, speed and skill to step in. If a bunch of someone's get hurt? No problem, they'll still drop 50 plus points on you and show you who is boss. As a Pac-12 fan, I'm thrilled that they will get their shot at the National Championship now that Alabama was exposed as a fraud with a home loss to Texas A&M. Ok, Alabama is elite, but you could see this coming with how tight they played against LSU. I digress...Oregon is the most impressive team by a long shot.
Andy Wooldridge, Building the Dam (Oregon State): Oregon. I was impressed by how soundly Washington beat Utah, but its hard to overlook how the Ducks bounced back after potentially disruptive apparent injuries to both Kenjon Barner and Marcus Mariota. One minute it looks like California had some life, and could create some grief for Oregon, and then the next thing you knew, the Ducks' super-heroes amazingly overcome having to come out of the game, and go wild. Mariota in particular has demonstrated that he's as capable as anyone at almost single-handedly destroying an opponent.
Jack Follman, Pacific Takes: Washington. I think most thought that it would be an even game between the Huskies and the Utes and the Huskies pretty much controlled the entire game and made it a three-score victory with their offense finally coming to life. The Huskies look like a team that could easily go 9-4 in a year that when many thought that they would struggle to even get to bowl eligibility.
Pac Hoops & Pacific Takes: I mulled this one over for a bit and was pushed off the fence by Kevin Pelton. The NBA numbers guru wrote a piece about the Huskies' blowout upset in which he makes the point that UW was the rightful underdog. And then they rolled, beating Utah soundly and, perhaps, making a statement that this group has found some consistency on the offensive end. As Jack said, this team has set itself up to win out and finish this season in a respectable bowl with an impressive record.,