Sean Reynolds, Block U: Stanford at Washington State. The Cougars played 'em tough a year ago ... can they pull off the upset in Pullman?
Jack Follman, Pacific Takes: Arizona at Washington could be one of the fastest game ever played in the Pac-12 with how fast both teams like to play, and I think it will tell us a lot about both teams depending on the outcome. The other game is USC at Arizona State, because it will probably bury one team in the South by making them 0-2 in the conference, so it should be very hard fought between two relatively evenly matched teams.
Phil Fraser, Ralphie Report: Colorado/ Oregon State. It's been 3 weeks since we've played! The players, coaches, and fans are all antsy to get back to football after the aborted start to our season. It's like finding out the finale of Mad Men will be split over 2 years. And if we can't fill our extra bye week on 10/19, it'll be like... I don't know, something about the Dexter last episode maybe? I don't actually watch either of those shows. I just want you guys to think I'm cool.
Patrick Flower, Pacific Takes: I'm looking forward to Arizona @ Washington the most because we will get a better reading of each team moving forward after this weekend. Both teams are 3-0 and score a lot of points. Their opponents thus far are suspect. The 2013 incarnation of Boise State is not cut from the same cloth as previous squads and a somewhat close win over an Illinois team that went 2-10 last season leaves something to be desired when reviewing Washington's OOC performance that also includes Idaho State. Then there is Arizona whose three opponents haven't been to a bowl game in 13 years, because two of them are/were FCS teams until recently. A lot will likely be sorted out on Saturday afternoon in Husky Stadium.
Connor Pelton, Building the Dam: I'm excited to see Stanford take on that fun Washington State team at CenturyLink Field. Last time the Cardinal were there they suffered their first loss of the season, and the Cougars will attempt to do the same in front of an ESPN audience under the lights.
Josh Schlichter, Pacific Takes: There are two really interesting match ups this week: Arizona at Washington and USC at Arizona State. We'll get a real good barometer as to how good both Arizona and Washington are this season in a very interesting North vs. South matchup.
If the Sun Devils have truly made strides to move up to the forefront in the Pac-12 South, they should beat USC easily. ASU has the best defense USC has seen by far, and has the best offense the excellent Trojan defense has faced so far this season. If the Sun Devils are "for real," they should make the result a statement at the very least. Same goes for USC's defense. If the Trojans want to compete for a Pac-12 South title, that defense will need to be lights out for the entire season, and the competition really starts to escalate with this trip to Tempe.