Monday, October 6, 2008

Pac 10: Week 6 in review

Here's What we Know:
USC has reasserted itself as the team to beat
Oregon entered the Coliseum as the first team to play the Trojans after their humiliating defeat at the hands of Oregon State. The Men of Troy took their frustrations out on the poor Ducks, crushing them 44-10. Southern Cal erased any doubts as to who the class of the confernce is. A week after Oregon's State's Jacquizz Rogers ran for 186 yards and two scores, the Trojans held the Ducks, who had been averaging more than 300 yards on the ground, to mere 69 yards rushing. On the other side of the ball, USC found their stroke as they put up a balanced 597 yards of offense against what was supposed to be one of the better defenses in the Pac-10.

The Ducks defense is OVER-RATED!
With a squad filled with junior and seniors, this veteran unit was expected to carry the team until the offense found its footing. Instead, against their only two quality opponents, the Ducks have been pushed all over the field. And their vaunted secondary, the "D-Boyz," as they like to call themselves have been embarassed, giving up 424 and 443 yards passing against Boise State and USC resectively. The Ducks D has underachieved all year and if defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti doesn't start plugging some holes, he may find himself updating his resume in January.

Nate Longshore has returned!
Only a few weeks after his career looked buried, Longshore relieved a struggling Kevin Riley in the fourth quarter of the Colorado State game, throwing two TD passes. He was named the starter for Saturday's key game against Arizona State and he didn't disappoint, throwing for 198 yards and three touchdowns. If Longshore plays like he is capable of, the Bears, who expect the return of Jahvid Best next week from injury, could make their case for second place.

Tyrone Willingham is done as Washington's head coach
It sounds funny, but it's true. Jake Locker's thumb determined Willingham's fate. When Locker broke his thumb in the Huskies' loss to Stanford two weeks ago, any chance of salvaging the season ended. It's a shame. By all accounts, Willingham is well liked and has done a lot for the university community. Unfortunately, the job of head football coach is about wins and losses (76-82 at UW). The cupboard was left pretty bare when he arrived, but now, with the loss of his star player and prize recruit Locker, he won't be around to see his four years of work realized.

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