Opinion by Brian J. Pedersen: Talented Cougars cannot hold lead

2005-10-27T00:00:00Z Opinion by Brian J. Pedersen: Talented Cougars cannot hold leadOpinion by Brian J. Pedersen Arizona Daily Star
October 27, 2005 12:00 am  • 

THIS WEEK IN THE pac-10 conference • BY BRIAN J. PEDERSEN / ARIZONA DAILY STAR

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Overall Pac-10 Last No. School Record Record week Comment

1. USC 7-0 4-0 1 Trojans' version of letdown: beating Washington by only

27

2. UCLA 7-0 4-0 2 Efficient and dominant, Bruins hitting stride as ranking rises

3. Oregon 7-1 4-1 3 Ducks have extra week to get used to life after Kellen Clemens

4. California 6-2 3-2 4 Nice comeback vs. WSU, but should team this good be in that position?

5. Stanford 4-2 3-1 7 Cardinal suddenly most dangerous non-USC team in league

6. Oregon State 4-3 2-2 5 First Pac-10 foe to never be in it against hot UCLA

7. Arizona State 3-4 1-3 6 Devils' plummet starting to resemble UA's free fall in 2000

8. Washington State 3-4 0-4 8 Might end up with some of the best stats of any non-bowl team

9. Arizona 1-6 0-4 9 Never-in-it blowout losses would be easier for Wildcat fans to stomach

10. Washington 1-6 0-4 10 Like Arizona, can take solace in fact it actually gave USC some competition

quotable

"The best way to attack SC is to attack them in the tunnel before they get on the field."

Washington State coach Bill Doba

On how his team hopes to hold its own against top-ranked USC this weekend

lAST week's BESTS

JASON HILL

Washington State wide receiver

Caught six balls for 240 yards and three TDs in 42-38 loss at California

DREW OLSON

UCLA quarterback

Completed 16 of 24 passes for 262 yards and school-record six TDs in 51-28 victory over Oregon State

LAST WEEK'S WORSTS

MATT EVENSEN Oregon kicker

Missed all three field goal attempts (from 36, 40 and 41) in 28-21 victory at Arizona

ARIZONA STATE Punt team

Two punts were blocked, and the Devils were flagged for an illegal kick on a third attempt in 45-35 loss at Stanford

THIS WEEKEND's GAMES

SATURDAY

Washington State at No. 1 USC, 12:30 p.m. (Ch 9)

Arizona at Oregon State, 1 p.m.

No. 8 UCLA at Stanford, 3:30 p.m. (FSNAZ)

Washington at Arizona State, 3:30 p.m.

Idle: No. 24 California, No. 14 Oregon

BEST matchup

No. 8 UCLA at STANFORD

3:30 p.m. Saturday, FSNAZ

UCLA quarterback Drew Olson has the hottest arm in college football, having thrown for 11 touchdowns - including a school-record six Saturday against Oregon State - in the past two weeks. Stanford (three straight wins) is one of the hottest teams in the land after opening 1-2. After a stretch of having to come from behind, the 7-0 Bruins ran away from OSU last week and are in a stretch of easier games leading up to the Dec. 3 game at top-ranked USC.

● Contact Brian J. Pedersen at bpedersen@azstarnet.com or 807-7761.

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