Thursday, October 11, 2012
Poll: Pressure-packed weekend for QBs
By Kevin Gemmell
We at the Pac-12 blog love pressure situations. And it just so happens that there are some pressure-packed scenarios this week for some of the conference's quarterbacks. But is there one scenario that seems tougher than another? That's for you to decide.
So your Thursday poll question is this: Which Pac-12 quarterback has the most pressure to produce this week?
Matt Barkley, USC: He's climbed his way back into the top five of the ESPN.com Heisman poll after a strong showing on the road against Utah. Now he and the Trojans head to Seattle against a Huskies squad that is allowing just 274 total yards and 12.6 points in three home games.
Brett Hundley, UCLA: Even though he completed 66 percent of his throws (31 of 47) against Cal and had a pair of touchdowns, he also threw four interceptions. Saturday marks a huge home game for Hundley and his young offense with a very seasoned Utah defensive front coming to town.
Josh Nunes, Stanford: He silenced some of his critics with a five-touchdown performance against Arizona. But many skeptics are still looking to see if he can do it away from home. No easy task facing a highly-ranked, highly-motivated Notre Dame squad.
Keith Price, Washington: He's been less-than-stellar this year, but the schedule has also been less-than-favorable. Most notable is Washington's 75 percent conversion in the red zone -- which ranks ninth among conference teams. Price is also last in touchdown passes among regular starters with five and four interceptions.
Cody Vaz, Oregon State: Talk about pressure? How about making your first collegiate start for a 4-0 team that's ranked 10th nationally. Oh yeah, and do it on the road against the No. 3 scoring defense in the country. No problem, right?