Washington, Cal and Arizona held serve by trouncing far inferior opponents, while the Beavers narrowly left Las Vegas with a W. The Ducks may have turned their season around by holding on (just barely) to defeat Purdue. Only Stanford left a blemish on the conference, by giving up 17-3 halftime lead and going scoreless in the second half to let Wake Forest come back to win 24-17.
Here's what we learned:
USC is not USC
Forget this silliness about Matt Barkley and Joe McKnight adding another chapter to USC lore. They beat another weak Big-10 opponent, only this time they barely managed it. Ohio State lost that game because, offensively, Buckeye coach Jim Tressel is still stuck in the dark ages. I don't buy the Trojan defense. And although Matt Barkley made some nice plays late in the game to bring them back, I don't buy him taking this team to a BCS bowl game. Wait until the Trojans play Cal. Heck, I'm not so sure they can get past the Huskies in Seattle next weekend.
The Bruins are for real (?)
The Bruins showed some brass going into to Knoxville and gutting out a hard fought win with their defense leading the way. In doing so, they proved that last year's win was no fluke. In fact, the Pac-10 is 11-8 versus the SEC since 2000 (UCLA is 4-0). Neuheisal seems to be building something special in Westwood. His players showed tremendous poise and confidence in a hostile environment.