Just as we thought: Cougs showing grit

Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller

Full disclosure: I'm about to comment on two games I haven't seen.

The Arizona-Washington State game isn't on television and my hotel didn't have FSN, nor did the restaurant across the street where I assumed I could watch the Oregon-Stanford game.

So I have questions, not answers.

Where the heck did this Washington State team come from? Can it last? And is Arizona about to suffer a monumental face plant?

My guess on the answers: Who knows? Probably not. Wouldn't bet on it.

Doesn't look like the Cougs defense will be able to do much with the Arizona offense, which has scored on every possession other than the first which ended with a Willie Tuitama interception -- see touchdown drives of 72, 73 and 81 yards.

But, gosh, the Arizona defense giving up two 50-plus yard touchdown drives? Wake up 'Cats defenders! This is supposed to be one of the worst offenses in the nation, see 10 consecutive scoreless quarters before today.

Meanwhile, the Oregon-Stanford game is going much more like we expected: Tight with little passing and two good run offenses.

The Ducks 271 yards rushing heading into the fourth quarter is pretty darn impressive. Three of their last four drives ending with fumbles is not so good, particularly with two by quarterback Jeremiah Masoli on the Cardinal 28- and 20-yard lines.

If Oregon isn't careful it's going to blow this, and folks will start talking about another second-half collapse.