Light schedule in Pac-12 for Week 3

September 11, 2014

Things to watch in Week 3 of Pac-12 play, including a big non-conference game:

GAME OF THE WEEK: No. 12 UCLA (2-0) vs. Texas (1-1) in Arlington, Texas. This was one of the non-conference headliners going into the season, two power programs meeting at Jerry Jones' football-topia. UCLA hasn't quite lived up to expectations and Texas seems to still be in rebuilding mode under new coach Charlie Strong, but it still should be fun to watch. The Bruins opened at No. 7 in the preseason poll, but have dropped the past two weeks after beating Virginia and Memphis in less than blowouts. Texas predictably rolled over North Texas in its opener, but lost quarterback David Ash to a concussion. He didn't play last week against BYU and the Longhorns were crushed by the Cougars for the second straight season, 41-7. Ash is out indefinitely, leaving Texas in a tough spot against UCLA.

BEST MATCHUP: Illinois (2-0) at Washington (2-0). Two undefeated teams get a chance to see just how good they are. Washington beat Hawaii in its season opener behind the defense, then relied on its offense to outlast Eastern Washington 59-52. Illinois hasn't exactly been dominating, either, surviving a scare against Youngstown State and needing to rally last week against Western Kentucky. A step-up in competition could be a bit of a reality check for both teams.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS: California, Utah and Oregon State all have a bye this week. ... Pac-12 teams are a combined 20-4 so far this season. ... Oregon has scored 40 or more points in 33 of its past 41 games. ... Stanford has allowed fewer than 30 points in 25 straight games, the nation's longest streak. ... Washington's Danny Shelton had four sacks against Eastern Washington last week, most since Martin Harrison had four against Oregon State in 1989.

LONG SHOT: Wyoming (2-0) at No. 2 Oregon (2-0). Yes, the Cowboys are undefeated. They're also 43-point underdogs against the Ducks. No need to say much else about this game.

IMPACT PLAYER: D.J. Foster, Arizona State. The junior has been superb in his first season as the Sun Devils' featured back, entering Saturday's game against Colorado third nationally with 363 yards. He ran for a career-best 216 yards last week against New Mexico and could have another big day against the Buffaloes - if Arizona State doesn't run away with the game early.


Compiled by AP College Football Writer John Marshall.