Pac-10 stock report

September, 8, 2010
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Who's running with a bull market? Who's battling the bears (not the Golden ones)?

Stock up
  • Arizona, Arizona State, California and Oregon: The competition was questionable, sure, but all four looked good in specific ways that suggested optimism over preseason expectations is entirely reasonable.
  • Receivers: Arizona's Juron Criner, California's Keenan Allen, Oregon's Jeff Maehl, Stanford's Doug Baldwin, USC's Ronald Johnson and Washington State's Marquess Wilson turned in big-time performances.
  • Matt Barkley, Nick Foles and Andrew Luck: Three of the four QBs who went to New York to represent the conference to East Coast media turned in big performances in the opener.
  • Kenjon Barner: Is there a nickname for the Oregon backfield combination of Barner and LaMichael James? The Electric Company? LaFast and the Grand Kenjon? The Accelerating Anatidaes?
  • Mason Foster: The Washington linebacker had 14 tackles at BYU and looked like the best defensive player on the field.
Stock down
  • UCLA, USC, Washington and Washington State: These four showed us less than we expected to see in Week 1.
  • Run defense: Not to beat a dead horse or anything, but Oregon State, UCLA and Washington State got run over in their openers.
  • Jake Locker: Locker had solid numbers at BYU, but his Heisman Trophy candidacy needed a victory and it didn't get it.
  • USC's defense: Monte Kiffin's lauded Cover 2 got sliced and diced by Hawaii.
  • Paul Wulff: Although there were hints of potential, there's no getting around the fact that Washington State wasn't competitive at Oklahoma State.

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