Pac-12 Football Week 3 Players of the Week

Pac ManContributor ISeptember 20, 2010

TUCSON, AZ - SEPTEMBER 18:  (L-R) Carter Lees #60, Jake Fischer #33 and Jack Baucus #86 of the Arizona Wildcats walk off the field after warm ups to the college football game against the Iowa Hawkeyes at Arizona Stadium on September 18, 2010 in Tucson, Arizona.  The Wildcats defeated the Hawkeyes 34-27.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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My prediction record took a beating this week with a 9-3 record overall, but the conference's image received some crushing blows when Cal got pistol-whipped by Nevada and Washington got corn-holed at home by Nebraska.

Luckily I found this picture of a gorgeous prostitute from Nebraska who exchanges sexual acts for football tickets.


Players of the Week

Despite the embarrassment of Cal's loss to Nevada, Shane Vereen was a bright spot for the Bears. The junior running back hadn't played much in the first two games with Cal having both games in hand by halftime, but Vereen had some moments that reminded fans of another Cal legend, Jahvid Best, with his jukes, broken tackles, and great burst. He finished the night with 19 carries for 198 yards and three touchdowns.

Those numbers would normally be good enough to be the top running back of the week, but LaMichael James was a one-upper with his 227 yards on just 14 carries and two touchdowns. We still don't know if Darron Thomas can throw the ball, but Oregon might not need to if it keeps putting up rushing numbers like it has been (564 yards rushing vs. Portland State).

The leader of the Pac MVP race this week is Andrew Luck of Stanford. He continues to improve his decision-making and shows great touch on his long ball. He went 17-of-23 with four touchdowns and also added a 52-yard touchdown run that made Wake Forest look like a pee wee football team. Chris Owusu played in his first game this season and caught three passes for 65 yards and two TDs.

My only problem with Stanford this week is that their school colors are Cardinal and White, which makes the opposite of their school colors Blue and Black. They should burn the black jerseys, but coach Jim Harbaugh thinks his team looks tough in them.

The Week 3 Juggy Award belongs to Nick Foles of the Arizona Wildcats for his up and down play. He was managing the game efficiently until he threw the ball to Broderick Binns for a pick-six play to tie the game up at 27-all. Foles wasn't fazed by the error and went right over the top for a 38-yard gain on the next play to put Arizona in position for the go-ahead score.

It looks like the Wildcats are finally getting over the hump and getting some national recognition with the No. 14 ranking in both polls.


Bust of the Week

As I've previously documented, I thought that Jake Locker was the third best quarterback in the Pac-12, but Mel Kiper has had him pegged as the No. 1 QB on his draft board since the offseason.

While I don't claim to know as much as Mel, you don't need a gallon of gel in your hair to see that Locker's draft stock is falling faster than Mel Gibson's popularity amongst women's rights groups. His 4-of-20 for 71 yards and two INTs is one of the worst games of the decade, and a lot of it was poor decision-making by the QB.

The Huskies now have to go 5-4 in Pac-10 play to make a bowl game, and they have road trips to USC, Oregon, Cal, and Arizona. Locker is the only player to ever receive the Bust of the Week award twice in the same season, and it's only Week 3...


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