I could have told you before the season that the top games in the country will be coming from the Pac-12 this year, but the entire nation got to see the national forecast on Saturday - Oregon Reign!
The Ducks have proven twice this year that sitting on a lead is a recipe for disaster against them. The Oregon Reign comes without warning, causes flash floods, and can pour all game long. Andrew Luck had trouble seeing through the green haze and was struck by lightning trying to tackle Eddie Pleasant after he returned a fumble to the Stanford three yard line.
Even worse than the loss for Stanford is that Oregon exposed weaknesses throughout their team. Last year the Cardinal had a slow defense with a weak secondary and they did little to dispel those notions. Despite Stanford's success in the red zone and Stepfan Taylor's (STEP) 113 yards rushing, they didn't have much success running the ball up the field. The key to beating the Ducks is a strong run defense and controlling the clock, and Stanford wasn't able to do either. Despite all the points there were some great defensive performances during the game. Cliff Harris (CLIF) had two interceptions and his stock would have gone up even more if he didn't fumble away a kickoff. Oregon's defense continues to give up yards in bunches, but their defense matches the offense's big play ability by forcing turnovers. James Dockery (DOCK) saw a 44 percent increase in his stock after getting two interceptions and the game clinching interception two out of the last three games.
Defensive Players Market
|Akeem Ayers||UCLA||AYER||↑ 10||8%||$125|
|Vontaze Burfict||ASU||BURF||↑ 5||5%||$100|
|Mason Foster||UW||FOST||↑ 10||11%||$95|
|Jurrell Casey||USC||CASE||↑ 5||5%||$95|
|Omar Bolden||ASU||BOLD||↑ 5||5%||$90|
|Stephen Paea||OSU||PAEA||↑ 10||12%||$90|
|Casey Matthews||Oregon||MATT||↑ 5||6%||$85|
|Tony Dye||UCLA||DYE||↑ 5||7%||$70|
|James Dockery||OSU||DOCK||↑ 20||44%||$65|
|Malcolm Smith||USC||SMIT||↑ 5||10%||$55|
|Cliff Harris||Oregon||CLIF||↑ 15||37%||$55|
|TJ McDonald||USC||TJMC||↑ 5||11%||$50|
|Owen Maracic||Stanford||OWEN||↑ 5||14%||$40|
|Shane Skov||Stanford||SKOV||↑ 5||14%||$40|
Washington's defense looked good coming off a bye week and forced Matt Barkley into some bad passes in critical situations down the stretch. With Arizona State coming to town they will have a chance to see their stock rise even more.
Defensive Unit Market
|Oregon Defense||ORED||↓ 5||3%||$125|
|ASU Defense||ASUD||↑ 5||8%||$80|
|USC Defense||USCD||↓ 10||14%||$60|
|Stanford Defense||STAD||↓ 10||14%||$60|
|UCLA Defense||UCLD||↓ 5||7%||$60|
|OSU Defense||OSUD||↑ 10||28%||$45|
|Colorado Defense||COLD||↑ 5||14%||$40|
|UW Defense||UWD||↑ 5||14%||$40|
The Stanford Cardinal finally ran out of Luck this weekend, but it wasn't entirely the quarterback's fault. His stock went up $5, because of his solid play in the first half, but Luck will need to prove that he can produce when the running game is not working. Jake Locker (LOCK) has finally played like the game-breaker that he was touted as in the offseason. Now that they have the road win off their backs they're looking like a much more confident team. They have a tough game this weekend against Arizona State, but we're bearish on (LOCK) for the next couple weeks.
|Andrew Luck||Stanford||LUCK||↑ 5||3%||$150.00|
|Matt Barkley||USC||BARK||↑ 5||4%||$130.00|
|Jake Locker||UW||LOCK||↑ 20||25%||$100.00|
|Darron Thomas||Oregon||DARR||↑ 20||57%||$55.00|
|Tyler Hansen||Col||HANS||↑ 5||12%||$45.00|
|Ryan Katz||UCLA||PRNC||↑ 10||66%||$25.00|
There was some movement at the top of the wide receiver list with Jermaine Kearse (JERM) overtaking Juron Criner in total value at $75. J-Kearse had six catches for 92 yards, but had a couple drops in the game. His teammate Devin Aguilar (AGUI) hauled in 5 balls for 83 yards and a 46-yard touchdown pass. Robert Woods(WOOD) didn't record any catches but his 56-yard kickoff return prevented his stock from falling. Ronald Johnson (ROJO) continues to impress this season, but hasn't been able to find the end zone at the same rate of his week one performance when he caught three touchdown passes.
|Jermaine Kearse||UW||JERM||↑ 5||7%||$75|
|Ronald Johnson||USC||ROJO||↑ 5||8%||$65|
|Jeff Maehl||Oregon||MAEL||↑ 10||22%||$55|
|Devin Aguilar||UW||AGUI||↑ 10||66%||$25|
|David Ausberry||USC||BERY||↑ 5||33%||$20|
We had three performances this week with running backs going over 200 yards. LaMichael James (LMJ), Allen Bradford (BRAD), and Johnathan Franklin (FRNK) all eclipsed the number and scored touchdowns. Bradford saw the largest increase in stock by going up 80 percent in USC's loss to Washington. If Lane Kiffin knew how to call a game he would have run Bradford more and taken him closer to the 300 yard mark.
|JacQuizz Rodgers||OSU||JQR||↑ 10||8%||$125|
|LaMichael James||Oregon||LMJ||↑ 20||15%||$150|
|Chris Polk||UW||POLK||↑ 10||13%||$85|
|Johnathan Franklin||UCLA||FRNK||↑ 20||66%||$50|
|Allen Bradford||USC||BRAD||↑ 20||80%||$45|
|Marc Tyler||USC||MARC||↑ 5||25%||$25|
|Deantre Lewis||ASU||DEAN||↑ 5||16%||$35|
|Stepfan Taylor||Stanford||STEP||↑ 10||66%||$25|
One player that's made a huge impact for his team in the past few weeks has been Derrick Coleman (COLE) of UCLA. He had 185 yards and three touchdowns against Washington State and 94 yards and a touchdown in the upset over No. 7 Texas. He'll face a salty defense against Cal this weekend where the Bruins haven't won since the 90s. Two wide receivers have caught our attention lately, the 6'5"Jared Karstetter (KARS) of Washington State, and Kerry Taylor (KERY) of Arizona State. Karstetter uses his size well and lit up UCLA's talented secondary. Taylor has great body control and concentration to haul in tough grabs. His over the shoulder catch against Oregon was a thing of beauty.