Cardinal knock off Trojans again ... Oregon-Arizona presents intriguing matchup ... etc.
- Hands down: Stanford 21, USC 14. The Cardinal take down the Trojans for the fourth consecutive time.
- Utah defeated cross-state rival Brigham Young in a duel to the finish, 24-21.
- Stanford didn't give USC's offense much to work with, and, in particular, has shut down the run all year. The Cardinal are No. 3 in the nation in rushing denfense, having yeilded only 45 yards per game.
- The Trojans only got 26 yards on the ground on 41 attempts against Stanford.
- The Cardinal also registered four sacks against Trojan star Matt Barkley.
- Barkley's 20-of-41 peformance with 0 TDs and 2 INTs dropped him off the top spot in Heisman buzz and dropped him to No. 41 in the nation in passing efficiency.
- Oregon freshman Marcus Mariota is the conference leader in passing efficiency with 8 TDs and just 1 INT, and is completing 75 percent of his pass attempts.
- Jonathan Franklin of UCLA didn't pass 200 yards, but he 110 more against Houston (in a 37-6 Bruin win) and continues to lead the nation in yards per game at 180.
- Sheldon Price of the Bruins snagged an amazing three interceptions in the Houston game, and now leads the nation with a total of four.
- ESPN Heisman Watch: 2. DeAnthony Thomas, Oregon; 3. Frankllin; 5. Barkley; 8-T. Marquis Lee, USC; 10. Stepfan Taylor, Stanford.
- Pac-12 in the AP poll: 3. Oregon; 9. Stanford; 13. USC; 19. UCLA; 22. Arizona.
- After a 3-0 start, Arizona gets a big test by going to Eugene to face Oregon.
- Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez helped mentor Oregon's Chip Kelly in the spread and no-huddle attack when both were younger offensive coordinators. Rodriguez used his approach to great success at West Virginia while Kelly was honing the offense under Mike Bellotti for the Ducks. Kelly took over the top job in Eugene just as Rodriguez was crashing and burning at Michigan. So the ex-pupil is now the bigger dog in the fight.
- Oregon State had a Week 1 game against Nicholls State postponed due to Hurrican Issac, and always had an open date set for Sept. 15, so the Beavers head into Week Four with only one game played. It was a good one -- a 10-7 win over Wisconsin in which they stuffed the Badgers and held them to just 35 yards rushing -- but it's been just one. They go back into the fray against UCLA, a team with three wins already under its belt.