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Utah, expected to challenge for the South title, is off to another disappointing conference start, winless in three Pac 12 games.
And the Air Raid that was expected to hit at Washington State under new coach Mike Leach has not gone off as planned, leaving the Cougars Black Adidas Jacket Men
No. 11 Southern California had its national championship hopes dented with a conference opening loss to Stanford, which turned around and lost to Washington in its next game.
Graham at Arizona State certainly would be a good choice, but he did not enter the season with people calling for his job if things didn't turn around. Oregon State's Mike Riley did. One of the good guy coaches in Adidas Mens T Shirts
Here are a few of the highs and lows of the Pac 12 season so far:Oregon running back Kenjon Barner. LaMichael James was a Heisman Trophy finalist in 2010 and probably would have been last season had he not gotten hurt. Barner has a chance to be in New York for the presentation, perhaps even win the award if he keeps it up. The senior has rushed for 727 yards in six games and has 10 touchdowns, putting him among the nation's leaders in scoring. He is also the only Oregon player since at least 1965 to score on a run, a catch, a punt return and a kick return. A big part of Oregon State's surge this season has been its improved defense, and Poyer's shutdown ability on the corner has been a key. The senior can play man to man with anyone in the conference, allowing the Beavers to put more pressure on opposing quarterbacks and not have to worry about the secondary. Poyer had three interceptions in a tight win over Washington State and has five on the season, second nationally to the six of Fresno State's Philip Thomas, but in two fewer games. Arizona State's disruptive defensive tackle Will Sutton is not far behind, 1A to Poyer's No. An afterthought in a three man race to be the Sun Devils' starting quarterback, the sophomore came on strong at the end of preseason camp to earn the job. He has proven to be a good choice, leading Arizona State to a 5 1 record that few outside of the program expected in its first season under Graham. Kelly leads the Pac 12 and is third nationally with a passing efficiency of 175.98, and he has been a dynamic leader with his ability to extend plays and make something out of seemingly nothing.
Oregon running back De'Anthony Thomas. Barner leads the Ducks in rushing, but Thomas is the leader in electricity. The sophomore has averaged 10.2 yards per catch, 9.2 per rush and close to 15 on kick returns. He has six touchdowns rushing and three more receiving, and he is a threat to score wherever and whenever he touches the ball. Thomas is one of those players you cannot look away from, waiting to see what he's going to do next.
Oregon State, picked to finish last in the North, is undefeated and tied with the Ducks atop the division. Arizona State is the surprising leader of the South after winning five of its first six games.
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college football, Riley kept a positive outlook through two down years in Corvallis and exuded a quiet confidence this season despite dire predictions for his Beavers. Riley has led Oregon State to its best starting record since World War II behind an explosive offense and a much improved defense. The Beavers are back and do not appear to be going anywhere, thanks to Riley.
Oregon. Not a hard one to pick. The Ducks may have their best team under Chip Kelly, who already has a national Adidas Prophere Raffle championship game appearance and the school's first Rose Bowl win in 95 years under his belt. Oregon has been unstoppable so far, averaging 52 points and 541 yards per game to rank among the top 10 nationally. The Ducks have two of the most dynamic players in the country in Barner and Thomas, and they have taken quick strike scoring to a new level with 24 scoring drives that have Adidas Sweatshirt Womens Black
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PHOENIX The Pac 12 football season has reached its midpoint and, other than second ranked Oregon rolling again, few things have gone as predicted.
lasted two minutes or less. Riley was on the hot seat after consecutive losing seasons, but the Beavers have knocked him off it by opening 5 0 for the first time since 1939. Oregon State is eighth in both The Associated Press poll and in the first BCS standings behind an explosive offense and a steady defense. More surprising still has been Utah's start. The Utes opened their first Pac 12 season with four straight losses before coming on strong late last year, spurring hope for 2012. Utah has not lived up to expectations it received one first place vote in the preseason Pac 12 poll losing to smaller Utah State in its second game and dropping its first three conference games. The Utes may have another turnaround on the way, but they have been a disappointment so far.
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