Three weeks into the college football season, a few things have been made obvious in the Pac-12.
The North division is clearly the class of the conference with four teams undefeated on the year, and a fifth ranked No. 10 in the nation in Washington. The division is also 2-0 against the South with No. 9 Stanford and Washington defeating the South’s top two teams in USC and Utah, respectively.
Oregon, who checks in at No. 20 in the nation, and Cal are both undefeated at 3-0 but the Ducks have a huge division showdown with the Cardinal this weekend in Eugene.
The South entered the week with two ranked teams in USC (No. 22) and Arizona State (No. 23) but both fell out of the rankings after losses. The Trojans got walloped by Texas while the Sun Devils suffered a late-night defeat to San Diego State.
Here’s how the Pac-12 fared in week 3
No. 20 Oregon 35 — San Jose State 22
The game was much closer than anticipated as the Ducks (3-0) might’ve been caught looking ahead to the matchup with Stanford. Still, quarterback Justin Herbert threw for 309 yards and three touchdowns while Johnny Johnson III had two receiving touchdowns. The rush defense limited the Spartans to 29 yards on 28 carries, a positive sign with Bryce Love coming to town.
No. 9 Stanford 30 — UC Davis 10
Even with running back Bryce Love out with an injury, the Cardinal (3-0) were never really threatened by the Aggies. Quarterback KJ Costello threw two touchdowns and two interceptions and the defense snagged two picks of its own. A slight concern was the Cardinal giving up 13 catches for 106 yards to UC Davis receiver Keelan Doss.
No. 10 Washington 21 — Utah 7
Thanks to a phenomenal defensive effort, the Huskies (2-1) avoided a potential upset against Utah in Rice-Eccles stadium. Washington’s defense forced three turnovers and gave up just 261 total yards, coming up with two big redzone stands in the fourth quarter. Quarterback Jake Browning and the Huskies offense struggled all night but with a tenacious defense, even off nights can lead to wins.
Texas 37 — No. 22 USC 14
It’s been a rough two weeks for the Trojans (1-2). First, they were held to three points in last week’s loss to Stanford before a beatdown by Texas this week. USC Quarterback JT Daniels and wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown connected nine times for 167 yards but failed to find the endzone. The running game was awful, carrying it 16 times for -5 yards while the rush defense surrendered 160 yards to the Longhorns.
San Diego State 28 — No. 23 Arizona State 21
One week after securing a huge upset victory over then-No. 15 Michigan State, the Sun Devils (2-1) were upset in their own right by San Diego State this week. By far the most dramatic ending of the night, Arizona State had a questionable call overturned with six seconds left, prompting a failed hail mary attempt on the final play. Sun Devils quarterback Manny Wilkins threw for 341 yards and two scores while receivers Frank Darby and N’Keal Harry combined for 14 catches and 213 yards. San Diego State ran the ball 58 times for 311 yards, possessing the ball for 36:05 of the game.
Colorado 45 — New Hampshire 14
The most surprising team in the Pac-12, Colorado is the South division’s remaining unbeaten at 3-0. Trevor McMillan led a Buffaloes ground attack with 162 yards on 15 carries and two touchdowns. Colorado totaled 311 yards on 51 carries and four touchdowns on the ground. The defense finished with 10 tackles for loss and five sacks in the game, showing a complete performance against an inferior opponent.
California 45 — Idaho State 23
The upstart Golden Bears improved to 3-0 in a very efficient game by quarterback Chase Garbers. He finished the game 20-of-25 for 224 yards and three touchdowns and an interception and 10 carries for 42 yards. Jordan Duncan finished with four catches 63 yards and two scores to lead the receivers. Cal has a week off before beginning Pac-12 play against the Ducks in two weeks.
Nevada 37 — Oregon State 35
With how badly Oregon State’s season was last year, the Beavers (1-2) had to be proud of the fight they showed in a narrow loss on the road. They totaled 540 yards of offense but were done in by three turnovers. Quarterbacks Jake Luton and Connor Blount combined for 459 yards and two touchdowns on 35-of-56 passing. Wide receiver Isaiah Hodgins finished with 14 catches for 200 yards while Timmy Hernandez added 11 receptions for 116 yards. Beavers running back Jamar Jefferson carried the ball 25 times for 106 yards and two scores.
Washington State 59 — Eastern Washington 24
The Cougars “air raid” attack was in full display when starting quarterback Garnder Minshew completed 45-of-57 passes for 470 yards and two scores. Davontavean Martin finished with 13 receptions for 149 yards and a score in a game that was never in doubt. Washington State forced four turnovers by the Eagles to help remain undefeated at 3-0.
Fresno State 38 — UCLA 14
Chip Kelly is still winless at UCLA (0-3), the latest defeat coming in a thrashing at the hands Fresno State. The Bruins turned the ball over four times, totaled just 270 yards of total offense and finished 1-for-10 on third down. Fresno State held the ball for 40 minutes in the game, completely dominating the lowly Bruins.
Arizona 62 — Southern Utah 31
A dark horse candidate to win the Pac-12 south division under new head coach Kevin Sumlin, the Wildcats (1-2) picked up their first win of the year in an offensive outburst. Quarterback Khalil Tate looked more comfortable in the pocket, finishing the game 13-of-20 for 349 yards and five touchdowns. Arizona also ran for 258 yards in the game, racking up 626 total yards in the game.