PAC-12 Report Card: Through Week 7

It’s time to look at the second quarter of the season report card for PAC-12 teams, now seven weeks into the season. The report card will factor in each team’s success (or lack thereof) offensively and defensively, while keeping their win-loss record in mind. I’ll also provide a few games to look at over the next three games for each team.

Arizona – Projected Record: (3-3); Actual Record: (1-5)

Total Offense: 454.83 yards/game; 25th.

Run Offense: 71.83 yards/game; 119th. Pass Offense: 383.00 yards/game; 3rd.

Total Defense: 487.67 yards/game; 115th.

Run Defense: 196.00 yards/game; 100th. Pass Defense: 291.67 yards/game; 110th.

Notes: To say things haven’t gone as planned is an understatement. Only Oregon State has had as disappointing of a year. But arguably Arizona has been more disappointing. Considered a PAC-12 South title contender, this team is now hoping to be bowl eligible. QB Nick Foles (2255 passing yards, 71.5% completion, and 15 passing TDs), WR Dan Buckner (487 receiving yards, 14.8/catch, and 2 receiving TDs) and WR Juron Criner (340 receiving yards, 13.1/catch, and 3 receiving TDs) have been bright spots for the otherwise disappointing Wildcats. At this point, every game means something, but games against UCLA and Utah will give some insight as to whether this team can regroup.

Wins: Northern Arizona (41-10)

Losses: @ Oklahoma State (14-37); Stanford* (10-37); Oregon* (31-56); @ USC* (41-48); @ Oregon State* (27-37)

Current Grade: F.

Arizona State – Projected Record: (4-3); Actual Record: (5-2)

Total Offense: 426.86 yards/game; 39th.

Run Offense: 135.29 yards/game; 72nd. Pass Offense: 291.60 yards/game; 26th.

Total Defense: 349.00 yards/game; 41st.

Run Defense: 149.29 yards/game; 58th. Pass Defense: 229.33 yards/game; 75th.

Notes: The Sun Devils opened the season as the favorite to win the PAC-12 South. With USC on probation, Arizona State holds a half game lead over its only competitor, UCLA. QB Brock Osweiler (1968 passing yards, 66.0% completion, and 15 passing TDs), RB Cameron Marshall (518 rushing yards, 4.2/carry, and 9 rushing TDs), WR Gerell Robinson (523 receiving yards, 16.3/catch, and 4 receiving TDs), and WR Aaron Pflugrad (389 receiving yards, 13.9/catch, and 4 receiving yards) have led Arizona State offensively. The game at UCLA looms large, and will likely decide the winner of the PAC-12 South.

Wins: UC Davis (48-14); Missouri (37-30 OT); USC* (43-22); Oregon State* (35-20); @ Utah* (35-14)

Losses: @ Illinois (14-17); @ Oregon* (27-41)

Current Grade: B+.

California – Projected Record: (3-3); Actual Record: (3-3)

Total Offense: 436.50 yards/game; 33rd.

Run Offense: 137.17 yards/game; 71st. Pass Offense: 299.30 yards/game; 17th.

Total Defense: 364.00 yards/game; 53rd.

Run Defense: 132.67 yards/game; 45th. Pass Defense: 228.40 yards/game; 74th.

Notes: California has no home games this year, as their stadium is being renovated; all of their home games are being played at Candlestick Park. For a team who played horribly on the road last season, there has been no change from last season, being 1-2 on the row, with the lone win by 3, in overtime, against lowly Colorado. The Golden Bears have been led offensively by QB Zach Maynard (1585 passing yards, 52.7% completion, and 11 passing TDs), WR Keenan Allen (828 receiving yards, 15.9/catch, and 4 receiving TDs), and WR Marvin Jones (530 receiving yards, 15.1/catch, and 3 receiving TDs). California looks to return to a bowl game, after missing one last season. Games against Utah and Washington State would certainly help them make the postseason, if they win.

Wins: Fresno State (36-21); @ Colorado (36-33 OT); Presbyterian (63-12)

Losses: @ Washington* (23-31); @ Oregon* (15-43); USC* (9-30)

Current Grade: C.

Colorado – Projected Record: (1-6); Actual Record: (1-6)

Total Offense: 337.86 yards/game; 92nd.

Run Offense: 89.86 yards/game; 113th. Pass Offense: 248.00 yards/game; 44th.

Total Defense: 383.33 yards/game; 64th.

Run Defense: 156.14 yards/game; 65th. Pass Defense: 250.33 yards/game; 93rd.

Notes: Buffs fans knew this would be a rebuilding year, despite a veteran quarterback. Right now, Colorado is a one dimensional team, but with the best passing defense in the PAC-12 being ranked 71st, Colorado will have a chance to pick up their first conference win, provided their own pass defense can step it up. QB Tyler Hansen (1682 passing yards, 56.5% completion, and 13 passing TDs) and WR Paul Richardson (488 receiving yards, 16.3/catch, and 5 receiving TDs) have led Colorado offensively. Colorado will be hard pressed to win a PAC-12 conference game this year, a good start would be playing well against Oregon, Arizona State and USC.

Wins: vs. Colorado State (28-14)

Losses: @ Hawaii (17-34); California (33-36 OT); @ Ohio State (17-37); Washington State* (27-31); @ Stanford* (7-48); @ Washington* (24-52)

Current Grade: D-.

Oregon – Projected Record: (6-0); Actual Record: (5-1)

Total Offense: 539.00 yards/game; 5th.

Run Offense: 315.00 yards/game; 5th. Pass Offense: 224.00 yards/game; 67th.

Total Defense: 404.60 yards/game; 83rd.

Run Defense: 173.00 yards/game; 78th. Pass Defense: 230.80 yards/game; 76th.

Notes: After losing to LSU to begin the year, the Ducks have flown somewhat under the radar, yielding much of the publicity to Andrew Luck-led Stanford and Arizona State. Oregon got back into the spotlight with a strong second half effort, besting Arizona State by two touchdowns. If they hope to beat the Sun Devils again, they will need to get by Stanford, first. QB Darron Thomas (1227 passing yards, 61.3% completion, and 17 passing TDs) will need to become a bigger part of the offense, as teams have come to expect Oregon to run. RBs LaMichael James (852 rushing yards, 9.0/carry, and 8 rushing TDs), who the Ducks were without last week, and Kenjon Barner (338 rushing yards, 5.8/carry, and 4 rushing TDs) have led the Ducks on the ground. The game against Washington will be the first true road test for Oregon, and should help prep them for a showdown with Stanford the following week.

Wins: Nevada (69-20); Missouri State (56-7); @ Arizona* (56-31); California* (43-15); Arizona State* (41-27)

Losses: vs. LSU (27-40)

Current Grade: A-.

Oregon State – Projected Record: (4-2); Actual Record: (1-5)

Total Offense: 386.00 yards/game; 68th.

Run Offense: 101.83 yards/game; 107th. Pass Offense: 284.20 yards/game; 27th.

Total Defense: 383.60 yards/game; 65th.

Run Defense: 155.50 yards/game; 63rd. Pass Defense: 253.40 yards/game; 94th.

Notes: In what has been a nightmarish season for the Beavers may only get worse. After losing to two top 25 teams by an average of 25, Oregon State has three top 25 opponents remaining on their schedule. Fortunately, Oregon State has an opportunity to pick up a pair of wins before facing one of those top 25 opponents. QB Sean Mannion (1588 passing yards, 65.0% completion, and 5 passing TDs) now leads the Beaver offense, supported by WR Markus Wheaton (548 receiving yards and 11.9/catch) and WR Jordan Bishop (296 receiving yards, 14.1/catch, and 1 receiving TD). Oregon State should be competitive in games at Pullman (Washington State) and Salt Lake City (Utah), but the real test is back in Corvallis, against Stanford.

Wins: Arizona* (37-27)

Losses: Sacramento State (28-29 OT); @ Wisconsin (0-35); UCLA* (19-27); @ Arizona State* (20-35); BYU (28-38)

Current Grade: D-.

Stanford – Projected Record: (5-1); Actual Record: (6-0)

Total Offense: 485.67 yards/game; 16th.

Run Offense: 181.67 yards/game; 42nd. Pass Offense: 304.00 yards/game; 14th.

Total Defense: 302.40 yards/game; 19th.

Run Defense: 59.50 yards/game; 2nd. Pass Defense: 240.60 yards/game; 85th.

Notes: Stanford’s closest win has been by 27; yet to face a legitimate challenge. The schedule gets a bit tougher though, as Stanford’s remaining schedule is against teams with a combined record of 23-13, with two currently in the top 25 and four having been in the top 25 at some point this year. The Cardinal have been led by presumptive number 1 pick QB Andrew Luck (1719 passing yards, 71.3% completion, and 18 passing TDs), TE Colby Fleener (383 receiving yards, 23.9/catch, and 6 receiving TDs), and RB Stepfan Taylor (559 rushing yards, 5.5/carry, and 5 rushing TDs). Stanford faces their toughest test to date, this week, at home to Washington. A trip to the LA Coliseum follows (USC).

Wins: San Jose State (57-3); @ Duke (44-14); @ Arizona* (37-10); UCLA* (45-19); Colorado* (48-7); @ Washington State* (44-14)

Losses: None.

Current Grade: A+.

UCLA – Projected Record: (3-3); Actual Record: (3-3)

Total Offense: 393.17 yards/game; 62nd.

Run Offense: 194.50 yards/game; 28th. Pass Offense: 198.70 yards/game; 88th.

Total Defense: 413.33 yards/game; 90th.

Run Defense: 181.50 yards/game; 86th. Pass Defense: 231.83 yards/game; 77th.

Notes: Rumblings began last season with Coach Rick Neuheisel leading his alma mater to a 4-8 record last year (81-52 heading into 2011). With Stanford out of the way and avoiding Oregon, the Bruins look poised to make their 8th bowl in 10 years. Coach Neuheisel has settled on Richard Brehaut (935 passing yards, 55.5% completion, and 6 passing TDs) at QB, but he hasn’t been great. RBs Johnathan Franklin (509 rushing yards, 6.6/carry, and 2 rushing TDs) and Derrick Coleman (330 rushing yards, 5.2/carry, and 6 rushing TDs) have paced the Bruins offensively. Games at Arizona, and home to California and Arizona State can not only make the Bruins bowl eligible, but also can put them in the driver’s seat for a berth in the inaugural PAC-12 title game.

Wins: San Jose State (27-17); @ Oregon State* (27-19); Washington State* (28-25)

Losses: @ Houston (34-38); Texas (20-49); @ Stanford* (19-45)

Current Grade: C.

USC – Projected Record: (5-1); Actual Record: (5-1)

Total Offense: 430.83 yards/game; 36th.

Run Offense: 133.50 yards/game; 77th. Pass Offense: 297.30 yards/game; 20th.

Total Defense: 379.60 yards/game; 61st.

Run Defense: 99.50 yards/game; 19th. Pass Defense: 267.20 yards/game; 98th.

Notes: USC is not eligible for either a bowl game or the PAC-12 Title game due to probation. Despite that, the Trojans can send a statement to the rest of the league, with games remaining against top 10 foes Stanford and Oregon. RB Marc Tyler (368 rushing yards, 4.4/carry, and 2 rushing TDs) left the Cal game with a separated shoulder and is questionable to play this weekend in a non-conference tilt. QB Matt Barkley (1782 receiving yards, 68.2% completion, and 16 passing TDs), WR Robert Woods (783 receiving yards, 13.1/catch, and 6 receiving TDs) and WR Marqise Lee (404 receiving yards, 16.2/catch, and 4 receiving TDs). Games at Notre Dame and home to Stanford will provide a nice test for a USC team looking to end probation.

Wins: Minnesota (19-17); Utah* (23-14); Syracuse (38-17); Arizona* (48-41); @ California* (30-9)

Losses: @ Arizona State* (22-43)

Current Grade: B+.

Utah – Projected Record: (3-3); Actual Record: (3-3)

Total Offense: 330.83 yards/game; 99th.

Run Offense: 129.33 yards/game; 83rd. Pass Offense: 201.50 yards/game; 84th.

Total Defense: 367.60 yards/game; 54th.

Run Defense: 94.50 yards/game; 13th. Pass Defense: 268.20 yards/game; 100th.

Notes: Knowing that USC was ineligible for the PAC-12 South crown, that Arizona State and UCLA were at home, and that they avoided both Oregon and Stanford, the Utes felt good about their chances. Now, Utah is scrambling to be bowl eligible, after a lackluster start, and losing QB Jordan Wynn (727 passing yards, 56.9% completion, and 6 passing TDs) for the season to injury. QB Jon Hays (482 passing yards, 60.0% completion, and 3 passing TDs) now leads the offense, supported by RB John White IV (671 rushing yards, 5.2/carry, and 6 rushing TDs) and WR Devonte Christopher (351 receiving yards, 15.3/catch, and 2 receiving TDs). The Utes can salvage a tough season, and go to their 9th straight bowl game, but must first get by games at California, home to Oregon State, and at Arizona.

Wins: Montana State (27-10); BYU (54-10); Pittsburgh (26-14)

Losses: @ USC* (14-23); Washington* (14-31); Arizona State* (14-35)

Current Grade: C-.

Washington – Projected Record: (4-2); Actual Record: (5-1)

Total Offense: 419.67 yards/game; 46th.

Run Offense: 173.67 yards/game; 48th. Pass Offense: 246.00 yards/game; 45th.

Total Defense: 427.00 yards/game; 101st.

Run Defense: 97.00 yards/game; 17th. Pass Defense: 323.00 yards/game; 117th.

Notes: The last time Washington started this strong, it was 2001. The Huskies finished 8-4 that season, after a 7-1 start. Washington looks to continue their winning ways, but the schedule does get tougher. QB Keith Price (1466 passing yards, 69.4% completion, and 21 passing TDs) has spread the ball around well, with 6 receivers having at least 2 TDs, totaling for 20 TDs. RB Chris Polk (728 rushing yards, 5.4/carry, and 3 rushing TDs) has chipped in on the ground. Washington faces a road test in Palo Alto this week (Stanford) and face Oregon, two weeks after. In between, a potential let down game looms against Arizona.

Wins: Eastern Washington (30-27); Hawaii (40-32); California* (31-23); @ Utah* (31-14); Colorado* (52-24)

Losses: @ Nebraska (38-51)

Current Grade: B+.

Washington State – Projected Record: (3-3); Actual Record: (3-3)

Total Offense: 453.33 yards/game; 26th.

Run Offense: 126.67 yards/game; 88th. Pass Offense: 326.70 yards/game; 11th.

Total Defense: 363.60 yards/game; 51st.

Run Defense: 136.33 yards/game; 47th. Pass Defense: 227.80 yards/game; 71st.

Notes: It took Coach Paul Wulff two years – 16 games to be exact – to win 3 games. It took just six games for accomplish the same feat, this year. The Cougs have matched their win total from the last two seasons combined, and won the most games since 2007. Coach Wulff’s next goal is to take the Cougars to their first bowl game since 2003. With a manageable home schedule, Coach Wulff can accomplish that goal, or at least come very close to achieving it. WR Marquess Wilson (688 receiving yards, 19.1/catch, and 5 receiving TDs) and now-starter QB Marshall Lobbestael (1634 passing yards, 65.4% completion, and 15 passing TDs) have led the Cougs to a surprising start. Washington State will have some growing pains and is at least two years away from competing for the PAC-12 North crown, but Coach Wulff has them on the right track. Games against Oregon State and at California can go a long way to helping the Cougs become bowl eligible.

Wins: Idaho State (64-21); UNLV (59-7); @ Colorado* (31-27)

Losses: @ San Diego State (24-42); @ UCLA* (25-28); Stanford* (14-44)

Current Grade: C+.

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