October 16, 2011 at 6:06pm
Washington Huskies' quarterback Keith Price may be the best quarterback that nobody has ever heard of. This week, Price had arguably the best game of his young career in Washington's 52-24 victory over the Colorado Buffaloes. Price had a 75% completion percentage, threw for 257 yards, and four touchdowns. This was the third game on the season that Price threw for 4 touchdowns, he has thrown for at least 3 in every game he has played this year.
In total on the season, Price has thrown for 1,466 yards, 21 touchdowns, and only 4 interceptions. Price leads the Pac-12 in touchdown throws and is 3rd in completion percentage. And oh by the way, Washington isn't bad this year. The Huskies are 5-1 and 3-0 in Pac-12 play this season. Granted the Huskies have played: California, Utah, and Colorado, those teams combine for a record of 0-9 in conference play. But Price and the Huskies have played who has been on their schedule and they have dominated who they were supposed to, they will get a major test this week when they play Pac-12 North favorite Stanford.
North vs. South
The Oregon Ducks and the Arizona State Sun Devils battled Saturday night in Eugene. The teams were tight for the first half, but Oregon flexed its muscles in the second half and ran away from the Sun Devils, winning 41-27. This game was pegged as a potential Pac-12 championship meeting. Through the first three or four weeks of conference play it has been clear that the Pac-12 North is superior to the Pac-12 South.
The six teams from the Pac-12 North have a combined conference record of 12-7. The teams from the Pac-12 South have a combined conference record of 8-13. Three of the six teams in the south have not won a conference game this season. The Pac-12 has four teams ranked, three of them come from the Pac-12 North. The other is Arizona State, who just got rocked by Oregon. It seems like the Pac-12 has two elite teams, Oregon and Stanford. Both of those teams are ranked in the top ten, both teams undefeated in Pac-12 play, both teams are in the Pac-12 North.
3 and Out
Offensive Player of the Week: Keith Price, Washington
Not much else to say about Keith Price. He was nearly perfect against Colorado. Price completed 21 of 28 passes (75%), threw for 257 yards, and had 4 TD's. He is quickly becoming one of the best quarterbacks in the Pac-12, and with Andrew Luck, Matt Barkley, and Nick Foles all expected to enter the 2012 NFL Draft, Price could be the best QB in the Pac-12 this time next year.
Defensive Player of the Week:Dion Bailey, USC
Dion Bailey was all over the field last Thursday against Cal. Bailey had 6 solo tackles, and 2 interceptions. Bailey finished the game with 8 total tackles and he also had 16 INT return yards. Bailey, just a freshman, now has 48 tackles, 2 sacks, and 2 INT's on the season. His 2 INT's is tied for fourth in the Pac-12.
Upcoming Game of the Week: #25 Washington @ #8 Stanford
Washington has looked great all season. However the only ranked team that they have played as Nebraska. THe Huskies lost 51-38. Kevin Price and Co. get a huge test Saturday night when they visti Palo Alto and play Stanford. Stanford has looked like the best team in the Pac-12. Andrew Luck and company have outscored Pac-12 opponents 174-50. Both teams have been mostly untested until this game and the winner will take a huge step in winning the Pac-12 North.