Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Hot and not in the Pac-12
By Ted Miller
Who's hot and who's not in the Pac-12?
Here's a random sampling.
Hot: Barkley to Woods
Seventeen of USC quarterback Matt Barkley's 34 completions against Minnesota went to receiver Robert Woods -- good for 177 yards and three touchdowns.
Not: Colorado's offensive line
The Buffaloes gave up seven sacks and led a rushing attack that net just 17 yards.
Hot: UCLA's offense
Sure, the Bruins lost at Houston, but it wasn't the offense's fault. The Bruins rolled up 554 yards, including 232 on the ground.
Not: Washington's defense
The Huskies gave up an eye-popping 504 yards -- 473 yards passing -- to FCS power Eastern Washington.
Hot: Arizona quarterback Nick Foles
Foles completed 81 percent of his passes against Northern Arizona for 412 yards with five touchdowns and no interceptions.
Not: UCLA DE Datone Jones
Reporters have been celebrating Jones' potential for two years. A broken foot ended his chances in 2010, but he's healthy now. And two tackles at Houston doesn't cut it.
Hot: Washington kicker Erik Folk
Folk was 3-for-3 on field goals against Eastern Washington, with a long of 53 yards.
Not: Oregon running back Kenjon Barner
Filling in for the suspended Cliff Harris, Barner had negative-6 yards on three punt returns against LSU, including an ill-advised decision not to fair catch that led to his being stripped on a fumble return for a touchdown. He also rushed for just seven yards on four carries and left the game with a sprained ankle.
Hot: Stanford backup quarterback Brett Nottingham
Nottingham was 2-for-2 for 46 yards with a touchdown against San Jose State. That translates to a 458.2 efficiency rating, which is 312 points better than starter Andrew Luck. quarteback controversy?
Not: Oregon State's pass defense
The Beavers rank last in the conference in pass efficiency defense after playing -- and losing to -- an FCS team. The Beavers yielded four touchdown passes to Sacramento State and a 63.9 percent completion rate.