Which team disappointed you the most last week?
Avinash Kunnath, Pacific Takes & California Golden Blogs (Cal): UCLA had a great chance to turn the corner and totally blew it. Six turnovers, costly penalties, an inability to get the football to Johnathan Franklin, blown coverages, missed assignments ... it looked like the old Bruins had never left. Suddenly, a potential ten win team looks like they could end up anywhere in the South, which is a pretty stunning turn-around from what they looked a week earlier.
AndyPanda, Building The Dam (Oregon State): Easily UCLA. The Bruins should have phoned it in; that would have been an improvement.
Kevin Zimmerman, Arizona Desert Swarm (Arizona): The Arizona blogger is going with Arizona. The Wildcats held a 14-point lead in the fourth quarter and appeared to choke after three and a half strong quarters of play. While Stanford absolutely deserves some credit in making a number of big plays -- third and fourth down conversions -- on two scoring drives to tie it up, Arizona has yet to show it can get the job done at the most important part of the game, especially against a (sort of) hostile crowd.
Gekko Mojo, UW Dawg Pound (Washington): Washington. Though the Huskies were heavy underdogs, horrible execution (a muffed punt, a TD pass to an uncovered receiver, a pick six) their first quarter unforced errors effectively spotted Oregon 21 points before the Ducks even had to initiate the execution of their game plan. Any team who plays Oregon needs those plays to go their way if they want a chance to make it a competitive game. In this case, it was game over before it even began.
thecassino, UW Dawg Pound (Washington): UCLA. I didn't think they were ever as good as the hype they were receiving, but to go out and get trounced by a Cal team that hadn't done much all year was a bit surprising. I don't think Jim Mora was truly prepared for the rigors of the Pac-12 schedule.
norcalnick, California Golden Blogs: It's pretty hard to justify a pick other than UCLA, since the Bruins were the only psuedo-favorites to lose. Add in the fact that it was a sloppy, self-inflicted blow-out and the choice is clear.
Trevor Wong, Conquest Chronicles (USC): UCLA. I don't know if you call it disappointment, but I was certainly surprised. It seemed like this Bruins team that everybody saw during the first five weeks of the season was a mirage. But I guess it was nothing new. This was Cal's seventh straight win over UCLA at home. Maybe this was the perfect matchup for Jeff Tedford to at least silence the critics for one week about the safety of his job.
Justin Karp, Pacific Takes & Bold Saguaros (ASU): The UCLA Bruins had a real chance to separate themselves in what's becoming an increasingly bottom-heavy Pac-12 South, and instead, they lumped themselves in with that crowd. The Bruins had a chance to go on the road and really put a pounding on a less-than-confident and reeling California team, and instead, they laid an egg and turned the ball over about 19 times or so. There's still plenty of time to rebound, but once bowl season rolls around, this is one Jim Mora will want back.
Ben Knibbe, UW Dawg Pound: Washington. As a Husky fan, I expected the Dawgs to keep the game close for at least the first half, especially after their dominant defensive effort against Stanford ten days prior. Nope. Mental miscues and poor play by Keith Price, who was viewed by many as the second-best quarterback in the conference before the season started, ultimately ruined Washington's chance to win.
David Piper, Addicted to Quack (Oregon): UCLA. New coach, same story.
Jack Follman, Pacific Takes: UCLA. It's one thing to get smacked by Oregon or USC, but is Cal really 26 points better than UCLA? I really thought that the Bruins were going to be a different team early in the year, but no the turnaround is starting to look much more difficult for Mora. Yes, it was Brett Hundley's first real road test, but the Bruins looked too much like they did under Rick Neuheisel. Next week's game at home against Utah will be crucial for Mora to prove that they aren't the same old Bruins.
Scott Allen, Rule of Tree (Stanford): UCLA. The Bruins didn't just lose at Cal, they got embarrassed. Jim Mora's squad shouldn't sniff the Top 25 again and I wouldn't be surprised if they're not bowl eligible come December.
, Pacific Takes & Pac Hoops: Wasn’t particularly happy with Arizona’s lead losing or UCLA’s flatness. Both were self-inflected wounds: the Wildcats just tightened up and the Bruins decided they didn’t want to hold on to the ball anymore. I’m more inclined to excuse the turnovers as physical mistakes tend to rectify themselves. Mental collapses – like blowing 14-point leads – have a tendency to bite you in the behind. Repeatedly.
Josh Schilchter, Fish Duck & Pacific Takes: UCLA. Yep, this is definitely still a UCLA team. It's obvious to see that the Bruins will need some time to adapt to a new culture and system, but most of the disappointments have come from experienced players (Sheldon Price, Aaron Hester, etc.). Hopefully the Bruins can still put a run together at the end of the season to score a nice bowl game for Mora's opening season.