Pac-10 football this week: Luck, Mrs. Harbaugh both 'perfect'

2010-10-20T00:00:00Z 2014-06-30T10:47:47Z Pac-10 football this week: Luck, Mrs. Harbaugh both 'perfect' Arizona Daily Star
October 20, 2010 12:00 am

Jim Harbaugh scored major points on Monday.

With whom, we're not so sure.

Stanford's coach took his hyperbole to another level on the Pac-10 coaches conference call when he compared star quarterback Andrew Luck to his wife, Sarah.

"They're both perfect," Harbaugh said. "With most people, you say, 'If they didn't do that or do this,' you wish they could do this or you wish they could do that. … I don't do that with my wife, Sarah, or Andrew Luck. They're both perfect the way they are."

Few stats exist on Sarah Harbaugh - she met Jim in 2006 and married him in January 2008; together, they have a daughter, Addison. If Sarah's as good as Luck, the coach can count himself doubly blessed.

The Cardinal star quarterback has completed 113 of 172 passes for 1,538 yards and 16 touchdowns through the first six games this season. He leads the Pac-10 in total offense (296.7 yards per game); his 166.9 passing efficiency trails only USC's Matt Barkley.

All of it makes Harbaugh a happy man.

"For a football coach, that's pretty great - to have a great wife and a great quarterback," he said.

This week's games

Thursday

• UCLA at Oregon, 6 p.m. (ESPN)

Saturday

• Arizona State at Cal, 12:30 p.m. (FSAZ)

• Washington State at Stanford, 2 p.m.

• Washington at Arizona, 7:15 p.m. (ESPN)

Bye: Oregon State, USC

The big number

5

Days off given to Stanford's starters during their bye week last week. Coach Jim Harbaugh said he wanted them to focus on midterms and papers. "It was a feel thing," Harbaugh said.

Pac-10 power rankings

1. Oregon (6-0, 3-0) - Ducks ascended to No. 1 nationally for the first time ever. Somewhere, Tony Graziani and Joey Harrington are smiling.

2. Stanford (5-1, 2-1)

3. Arizona (5-1, 2-1)

4. Oregon State (3-3, 2-1)

5. Washington (3-3, 2-1)

6. USC (5-2, 2-2). Some bye week: Trojans will practice at 6a.m. this week in preparation for their Oct. 30 game against Oregon.

7. Arizona State (3-3, 1-2). The spread offense has cured ASU's offensive ills. The Sun Devils are averaging 33 points per game; their 455.17 yards per game are 20th nationally. "It's been a good change for us," coach Dennis Erickson said.

8. Cal (3-3, 1-2)

9. UCLA (3-3, 1-2)

10. Washington State (1-6, 0-4) Cougs had their best chance yet to beat a conference team but couldn't overcome an Arizona defense ranked No. 10 nationally.

DEAR PUNDIT

Dear Pundit: Should the rest of the Pac-10 be rooting for Oregon to run the table? It sure would help the conference gain national respect. - T. Holmes

A: Sure. Though the Ducks are probably the Pac-10's only hope for a national champion, there are plenty of programs that could capture the country's imagination. Arizona or Stanford would be Rose Bowl darlings.

Dear Pundit: Your thoughts on how new NFL rules on tackling affect NCAA play and coaching? - M. Senner

A: There's typically a trickle-down from the NFL to college football, so rules could be changed in the next few years. The issue is discipline: The NCAA can't fine players but can suspend them.

Dear Pundit: Who are you? What happened to the real pundit? - P. Finley

A: Don't panic, Mr., um, Finley. Our regular pundit returns next week.

Every week in this space, The Pac- 10 Pundit will answer reader questions. E-mail pfinley@azstarnet.com, send a Twitter message to @patrickfinley or comment on the Pundit at azstarnet.com/pac10pundit

The LIST

Three things we'll focus on during a separation week:

1. Can UCLA shock the world? The Bruins seem to "play up" in big games, with wins over Tennessee and Texas coming in recent years. Thursday night's game against No. 1 Oregon will be UCLA's biggest stage yet.

2. Will the real Golden Bears please stand up? We still can't figure out Cal, which seems to either win big or get killed. Cal has outscored its opponents 139-17 in three wins but has been outscored 110-54 in three losses. Weird.

3. What will Arizona's offense look like with Matt Scott at QB? The Wildcats will likely run more and take fewer shots down field with the speedy Scott at quarterback for the injured Nick Foles. How much more? We don't know. "Do you want me to tell you what we're going to do?" coach Mike Stoops joked. "We're going to run him 50 times on Saturday."

Last week's scores

• Washington 35, Oregon State 34 (2OT)

• Arizona 24, Washington State 7

• USC 48, Cal 14

Ryan Finley

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