Opinion by Brian J. Pedersen: Ducks hope noise will silence USC

2005-09-22T00:00:00Z Opinion by Brian J. Pedersen: Ducks hope noise will silence USCOpinion by Brian J. Pedersen Arizona Daily Star
September 22, 2005 12:00 am  • 

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

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Last No. School Record week Comment

1. USC 2-0 1 Trojans putting up PlayStation numbers thanks to unreal talent

2. Arizona State 2-1 2 If not for USC, ASU's offense would be talk of league

3. California 3-0 3 Run game keeping Bears from falling into trouble

6. UCLA 3-0 6 Hey, there are TWO big-name college programs in L.A.?

4. Oregon 3-0 4 Impressive comeback against Fresno St. has Ducks ready for USC

5. Oregon State 2-1 5 Only surprise from Louisville loss was OSU's early lead

7. Washington State 3-0 7 Cougars' numbers meaningless against weak opponents

8. Arizona 1-2 8 Would be 3-0 if not for constant ability to shoot own feet

9. Stanford 1-1 9 Embarrassing loss to I-AA foe will linger through bye week

10. Washington 1-2 10 Beating Idaho, or any other team, just what program needs

quotable

"I never had a quarterback learn what we're doing this fast."

Arizona State coach Dirk Koetter

On quarterback Sam Keller, who has thrown for 1,448 yards and 14 TDs - including four each in the last four games - in four career starts

lAST week's BESTS

JUSTIN FORSETT

California tailback

17 carries, 187 yards, 2 TDs in 35-20 win over Illinois

MANASE HOPOI

Washington defensive tackle

Recorded 4 sacks in 34-6 win over Idaho

LAST WEEK'S WORSTS

OREGON STATE DEFENSE

Allowed 553 yards on 50 plays in 63-27 loss at Louisville

T.C. OSTRANDER

Stanford quarterback

7 of 17, 107 yards, 1 interception in 20-17 loss to UC-Davis

THIS WEEKEND's GAMES

FRIDAY

● No. 13 California at New Mexico State, 7 p.m. (ESPN)

SATURDAY

● No. 16 Notre Dame at Washington, 12:30 p.m. (Ch. 9)

● No. 1 USC at No. 24 Oregon, 4 p.m. (Ch. 9)

● No. 18 Arizona State at Oregon State, 7 p.m. (TBS)

IDLE: Arizona, Stanford, No. 25 UCLA and Washington State

BEST matchup

No. 1 USC at No. 24 Oregon

4 p.m. Saturday, Channel 9

The first of what many call a series of challenging games remaining for defending champ USC, which also has to travel to Arizona State and Notre Dame. Oregon's new spread offense has been clicking on all cylinders, and will need to continue to do that.

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