Week 3 Pac-12 Football Overreactions
Monday, September 17, 2018
Looking around at the other teams in the league that were presumed contenders have looked like middle-of-the-road ranked teams. Stanford was presumed to rival the Huskies during preseason talks but struggled early on against San Diego State. They were unable to get Bryce Love going, but after a heroic performance by JJ Arcega-Whiteside, they pulled away. Their matchup with USC this past Saturday said more about USC than it did about Stanford. It seems hard to believe that had JT Daniels not reclassified, USC wouldn’t have an answer at quarterback? Seems like a commonality that highly touted QBs enroll early. Missing your senior prom is one thing but missing your senior season and homecoming dance is another. It seems like the Trojans are destined for a meaningless bowl after watching them struggle against UNLV, virtually blanked against the Cardinal, and blown out against Texas. For one-half USC managed to make Tom Herman and an average Texas team look competent.
Though Utah is unranked they’re in the same boat as Oregon with returning a QB and having a team with a chance at a Pac-12 title. Oregon’s biggest question is its defense. Does it have the ability to stop teams with true power at the line of scrimmage such as Washington? This week’s home game against Stanford offer some forecasting for expectations the remainder of the season. Realistically, unless the aforementioned teams run the table, the conference is looking at a similar fate to 2017.
I almost forgot to mention the beloved Beavs! They won’t play into many of the outcomes of 2018 aside from playing spoiler, but the offense under Jonathan Smith is for real. Shades of Sean McVay and Kyle Shanahan in regard to the ability to scheme guys open and create mismatches. The first quarter of the Ohio State game was a brief glimpse into the future. There isn’t an offensive line in the Pac-12 that can block their defensive line so there’s only so much consistency that could be found. The growth of the defense will be the true measure of success in the Smith era.
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- Oregon Ducks Lose NCAA Football Championship 42-20
- Oregon Ducks Vernon Adams Jr. Ranked 17th Amongst Division I QB’s
- Oregon Ducks WR Byron Marshall Likely Out for the Season with Injury
- What We Learned: Oregon Ducks Vs Washington State Cougars
- Why The 2016 Oregon Ducks’ Offense Will Dominate The Pac-12
- Vernon Adams Jr. Making a Splash at Oregon Ducks Fall Camp
- Uniforms, Pride, And The Oregon Ducks In The National Championship
- The Post-Mariota Oregon Ducks No Longer Considered National Championship Contenders
- Oregon Ducks Hoping Dakota Prukop Can Be Vernon Adams 2.0, Just Sooner
- Oregon Ducks Have Re-Joined College Football’s Mortal Majority with Conference Title as Newest Goal