WSU, Washington, UCLA the most impressive Pac-12 teams through four weeks

William Mancebo

Which Pac-12 team has really impressed you the most relative to what you expected coming into this season?

Sean Reynolds, Block U: I'd wager Washington. They look like a very good team right now and should be able to break their streak of average 7-6 finishes.

Jack Follman, Pacific Takes: Washington State. I thought that the Cougars would be improved, but based on their schedule which opened them up at Auburn and USC, I thought they would be 2-2 right now. It's not just the Cougars' overall record that has been impressive though, as they are also starting to piece together a running game and their defense has shockingly been one of the best in the conference.

Phil Fraser, Ralphie Report: Washington State. They fought Auburn tough on the road, pulled out a huge victory in the coliseum, and pounded both teams they were expected to pound. That's not a small thing for a team that lost to Colorado- COLORADO- last year.

Patrick Flower, Pacific Takes: Washington State. The Cougars are a play away in Auburn from a potential 4-0 record against a schedule most expected them to begin at 2-2. The defense is vastly improved and ranks in the top 15 in most major defensive categories. The offense still has a long way to go, particularly the play of QB Connor Haliday, but the Cougars have a very real chance to play in their first bowl game since the 2003 Holiday Bowl.

Connor Pelton, Building the Dam: UCLA. That may come as a surprise to some, as the Bruins entered the season with lofty expectations, but I didn't foresee this kind of hot start. With the second lowest number of returning starters in the Pac, I picked Jim Mora's team to only win eight games. Now, a conference championship isn't outside the realm of possibility.

Trevor Wong, Conquest Chronicles: Washington State. A year after finishing just 3-9 (1-8 in Pac-12 play), the Cougars are 3-1, their lone loss coming on the road at Auburn. That game came down to the wire, too. Washington State defeated USC on the road the following week - their first win over USC since 2002 - which was an impressive victory regardless of what was going on for the Trojans at the time (i.e. their quarterback situation).

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